Grant Scheme Aims to Help Young People Tackle Smoking In Creative Ways
The Irish Cancer Society is now accepting applications for their X-HALE Youth Awards grant scheme. The X-HALE Youth Awards focus is on working with young people to address the issue of smoking in their communities.
The Awards aim to empower young people to tackle issues around smoking by supporting the development of positive youth-led projects in their communities.
The deadline for applications is 5 January, 2012.
The Irish Cancer Society's approach is grounded in the belief that young people can take ownership of their own achievements.
The Irish Cancer Society hope that the X-HALE youth Awards will catch the imagination of young people in communities where smoking is an issue. Young people regularly use their talents in a youth work setting, including music, dance, theatre, drama, art, sport, and social research. The IRC know that young people, especially if they are given the chance, are imaginative, innovative and are able to make a difference
The X-Hale Youth Award Scheme will create positive opportunities to:
- Work in partnership to share our knowledge and experience and to open up an honest debate amongst young people about smoking in Ireland.
- Encourage future young leaders, through practical skills training, to advocate for healthy, smoke-free lifestyles in their communities.
- Support the development of creative tobacco-free campaigning activities, using a variety of media, for young people aged between 10 and 21 years.
- Assist youth groups to develop positive alternatives for young people to persuade them not to take up smoking.
- Empower you to empower your local community to take action to address health inequalities and the harmful effects of tobacco and nicotine addiction on their community’s health.
The Awards will operate at three levels:
1. Local Level: A grant will be given to help support the group in developing their project or campaign, which will end with a local event or launch to showcase the key messages in their local community.
2. Regional Level: Groups will participate in skills-based workshops, relevant to their project. Training will be provided by the Irish Cancer Society.
3. National Level: Groups will bring their final project to a national showcase event to highlight their achievements and raise awareness with other young people and encourage them to take action. The national showcase event will take place in late October during the mid-term break. Please check back here for further details closer to the time.