Youthreach Human Rights Competition 2016

The 2016 ICCL/Youthreach Human Rights Competition is Now Accepting Entries

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and Youthreach are delighted to announce an open call for entries to the autumn semester of the 5th annual Human Rights Competition for Youthreach participants. We are calling on Youthreach centres and participants nationwide to get involved in this rewarding human rights themed competition, and in the accompanying creative educational workshops we are running in October and November 2016.






How does the competition work?

The competition calls on Youthreach participants to identify a human rights, social justice or inequality issue which affects Ireland today. This could be an issue that affects them personally, a member of their family or friend, or their local community. It could also be an issue that affects young people in Irish society in general. They are then asked to develop a project focusing on the topic. Competition entries can take any form and participants are encouraged to be creative and innovative. Previous entrants have, for example, entered:

  • Survey projects
  • Photo projects
  • Short film projects
  • Musical projects
  • Arts and Crafts projects

The competition is an opportunity for Youthreach participants to explore human rights and social justice themes, using their own unique talents and voices to bring these themes to life. It is also an opportunity for Youthreach participants to engage with the NGO and civil society sector in Ireland at a crucial time, as the rights of children and young people are being debated on a broad scale.


Training workshops and support

Recognising the success of the competition over the past three years, and the benefit it has been to the Youthreach centres and participants who have taken part, this year we will be running a number of competition training workshops around the country to provide encouragement, advice and direct support for young people taking part in the project.  

These workshops will include training and ideas sessions on film, art and crafts, and will include follow-up support and input for participants preparing an entry to the competition. They will be taking place from early March up until the competition deadline in mid-April.

We are in the process of assessing demand for these workshops, and identifying venues. With this in mind, we are actively seeking expressions of interest from Youthreach coordinators and centres nationwide in taking part in the workshops, and in the competition itself.  


How can my Youthreach Centre and participants get involved?

We are seeking as wide as possible involvement by Youthreach participants throughout Ireland and welcome entries from Centres nationwide. To get involved, please complete the following steps:

  • We would love to hear from you. Register your Centre’s interest in taking part in the competition by emailing Emily Glen at by  Friday 30 September 2016.  Please include the following details:
  • The name and address of the Centre
  • Contact details
  • The number of Youthreach participants interested in entering
  • Whether or not the centre would like to avail of training workshops and support in entering the competition 
  • Details of the areas of interest of the participants and the kind of projects they are considering (the themes, media used, etc)

We will use this information to design and organise appropriate training workshops for interested Youthreach centres to support them in creating their entries to the competition.

A number of training workshops and support will be held in October and November according to demand, and based on the expressions of interest sent in.


The final deadline for completed competition submissions will be 5pm Friday 25 November 2016, with the announcement of the winner in December.


Any questions?


For information on the 2014 Youthreach Human Rights Competition see the below video and our news section HERE.


For information on the competition in 2012 and 2011, please click HERE and for information on the winners of the 2013 competition click HERE.

The ICCL would like to extend our sincere thanks to Youthreach and UNICEF Ireland for their support of this project.



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