Inspiring young people to understand and take action on social justice issues in their local area
The 'Youth for Justice' project is a school based program, which aims to inspire young people to understand and take action on social justice in their local area. It’s about providing students with the opportunity to help other people in their community in practical ways, ways that make a difference to the lives of the many people who experience isolation, loneliness or poverty in Ireland today. Youth for Justice can be incorporated into the Transition Year Programme as part of the school year.
Groups develop projects that focus on a wide range of issues including; working with the elderly, with people with disabilities, and children at women's refuges. In recent years students have worked on issues including bullying, addiction, a youth forum, fundraising, and many more.
Participating groups are invited to a regional Youth for Justice Exhibition, which is held annually towards the end of the school year. This is an opportunity for students to gather together to celebrate and present their social justice projects. It is a wonderful chance for like-minded students from around the region to share their views, hopes and concerns for their communities.
Young people have a lot to offer SVP in developing new solutions to the problems in an ever-changing society. Youth for Justice is an extremely valuable tool in helping to identify those solutions and also in helping to develop a social conscience within our student population.
If you are interested in finding out more about Youth for Justice, or becoming involved, please contact a member of the Youth Development Team.
Please note: Youth for Justice is only available in following regions; North East, North West and South West.