The National Youth Media Awards are primarily aimed at secondary schools and colleges nationwide and are supported by the Department of Health, the HSE, COSC, the Ana Liffey Drug Project, Healthy Ireland and the Drugs.ie website. Drugs.ie is Ireland’s National Drug and Alcohol Information and Support Website.
The drugs.ie site has in excess of 120,000 unique Irish visitors each year and over 500,000 international visitors.
This annual drugs education competition aims to help students explore and understand various issues relating to drug and alcohol use in Irish society.
To enter, students are asked to create either: a short video, an audio podcast, a news article; or a poster on one of the following themes: (a) The hidden harm of alcohol use; (b) The effects of drug 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.
The closing date for entries is Friday 22nd of January 2016. It is expected that the awards ceremony will take place in April 2016.