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Drugs.ie National Youth Media Awards

Event date: 11 May 2016
Event location: Dublin
The 2016 Drugs.ie National Youth Media Awards competition was officially launched on the 9th of October by Miriam O’Callaghan. The competition is primarily aimed at secondary schools, colleges and youth clubs nationwide and is supported by the Dept. of Health, the HSE, COSC, the Ana Liffey Drug Project, Healthy Ireland and the Drugs.ie website.  

The competition aims to help young people research and understand various issues relating to drug and alcohol use in Irish society.  To enter, young people are asked to create either: a short video, an audio clip, a news article; or a poster on one of the following themes:
(a) What are the hidden harms of alcohol use
(b) What are the effects of drugs use

The age categories for entering are: 12-14; 15-17; 18-21; 22-25.

Winners from the four age categories will receive an iPad mini and the overall winner will receive a prize of €2,000. Winners will also have their work published on drugs.ie.  Examples of previous winners and  details on how to enter can be found on www.drugs.ie/awards.
 
Entrants can enter the competition as many times as they like by entering different formats on one or both themes or by participating in a group project and submitting an individual entry. The competition gives young people the opportunity to explore the issue of drugs and alcohol from a constructionist learning experience. This can have a more meaningful impact on their own understanding of the issues - as this type of learning experience is effective when people are also active in making tangible objects in the real world.

The closing date for entries has been extended until 31st March 2016.

Anyone who has already submitted an entry is welcome to conduct more work on their entry or create new entries.  Young people are welcome to enter the competition multiple times.


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