FOUR hundred Transition Year students will display their ‘Youth for Justice’ projects at an upcoming exhibition in Dundalk.
The St Vincent de Paul ‘Youth for Justice’ event is due to take place in the Fairways Hotel in Dundalk on Thursday, May 5.
The SVP ‘Youth for Justice’ project for schools is about inspiring young people to understand and take action on social justice in their own local area.
According to SVP, the project aims to provide young people 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.
The purpose of the SVP exhibition is to celebrate the work of young people in schools. There are four types of SVP social justice projects for schools.
Participants are encouraged to befriend people, which involves visiting people in nursing homes, hospitals, residential centres, or reaching out to new immigrant groups.
In the social justice and action projects, students learn how to research and create awareness on a social issue, and through collaboration with the national SVP From the Ground Up team, see how the social policy system works in practice. Students who undertook education projects learned how to set up and run projects such as Homework Clubs and shared reading clubs to enhance the educational opportunities for younger members of their communities.
The fourth type of project involved direct aid to the work of SVP.