Congratulations to Stoneybatter Youth Service (SYS) for ‘Binning = Winning’ and ‘Cycling Against Racism’ Awards.
This year Stoneybatter Youth Service (SYS) won two awards at the final of the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards (YEA) held on the 23rd May in the Mansion House. The YEA honour the work of young people to protect, conserve and enhance the environment through local environmental projects, making a difference to their lives and the lives of others both locally and globally.
‘Binning = Winning’ won the Waste – Junior category. This educational project raised environmental awareness, understanding and knowledge of the environment with a focus on recycling in the community amongst young people.
The group looked at the issue of waste and worked in a creative and fun way on the recycling process in the Smithfield area. They made a video, acting out different scenarios of littering in Smithfield square in order to find out what the response was when members of the public saw others throwing rubbish on the ground. The young people then invited their friends and family to view their video. As a result, they brought attention to the importance of recycling in their community.
Winners in the ECO-Community Development – Senior category was ‘Cycling Against Racism’. This community action project aimed to promote personal development of international young people and the wider community through the provision of alternative recreation and environmental education. The programme developed a supportive environment for all young people that increased social inclusion and participation, social support and networking and a sense of integration in Irish society. Some of the activities involved learning how to cycle, painting t-shirts and baking cookies for the event. At the end of the project the young people organised a Cycling Against Racism Event in the Phoenix Park and raised awareness of the ‘No Hate Speech’ campaign.