Ana Liffey creative competition for young people


The Ana Liffey Drug Project has organised a competition for young people between the ages of 12-25 to think and talk about drug and alcohol-related issues creatively.

To enter the 'Let’s Talk About Drugs' National Youth Media Awards 2018 competition, young people are asked to research topics or share their personal experiences and create either: a short video, an audio podcast, a news article or a poster. They can enter individually or as a group, working together with their friends.

The format of the competition encourages peer learning and a healthy chat about drugs and alcohol, as well as creating a space for creativity, research and teamwork, the organisers say.

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

The themes for the 12-14 and 15-17 age categories are:

  • Talk about – underage drinking and the risks;
  • Talk about – cannabis and the risks. 

The themes for the 18-21 and the 22-25 categories are:

  • Club drugs – what are the risks?
  • Performance and image enhancing drugs – what are the risks? 

Winners from the four age categories will receive a €250 One4All gift card and the overall winner will receive a prize of €1,000 One4All gift cards. Winners will also have their work published on is Ireland’s national drug and alcohol information and support website. 

Full competition details may be found here.

The “Let’s Talk About Drugs” National Youth Media Awards is an annual drug education competition that aims to help young people explore and understand various issues relating to drug and alcohol use in Irish society.

The competition is primarily aimed at secondary schools, colleges, and youth clubs nationwide and it’s supported by the Department of Health, the HSE, the Ana Liffey Drug Project, Healthy Ireland, and the website. 

The deadline for entries is April 9, 2018.

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