On the morning of Thursday 18th December students from 10 CDETB Youthreach Centres across the city of Dublin were presented with awards by the Deputy Lord Mayor Counsellor Larry O’Toole at the Mansion House, Dublin.
This award ceremony has become an annual event and honours students who have been selected in recognition of their achievements over the past year. These may have been academic, sporting or personal but each student is present because they have stood out from the crowd in the best way possible.
Among their many achievements this year students won prizes for their entries to the Irish Council for Civil Liberties competition using the theme of civil liberties. One student won a prize for making a film of herself doing a mural that explored the subject of addiction to alcohol. Another student won a prize for writing and performing a song that explored the subject of homelessness.
Students were presented by certificates by the Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Larry O’Toole and the CEO Jacinta Stewart.
A very enjoyable morning was had by all and concluded with a musical interlude by two young students Darren and Anthony who performed the song ‘She’s all alone’ which won 2nd prize in the Irish Council for Civil Liberties recent competition for Youthreach students. The song, which addresses the issue of homelessness, was received with great enthusiasm by the assembled crowd which consisted of Youthreach, staff students and their families.
Youthreach centres provide young people with the means to obtain educational qualifications but also a second chance in life. Students come to Youthreach for a variety of reasons, but they all have the same opportunity to develop new skills, meet new friends and hopefully progress on to further education or into employment. This could not be done without the hard work and dedication of the staff.
Darren and Anthony with the Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Larry O’Toole, (centre), CEO Jacinta Stewart and Transition Centre Coordinator Susan Kelleher (left) and Regional Youthreach Coordinator Bernadette Reilly (right).
Darren and Anthony entertaining the assembly at the Mansion House which included Youthreach staff, students and their families.
Photographs by Tom McMahon