This year's group of Young Social Innovators in St. Leo's College are focusing their project on aspects of life among the LGBT community. The title of the project is "Closets are for Clothes". The team hope to increase their own understanding of the difficulties facing a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender young person in second level school. Todate they have been busy researching and deepening their own understanding of some of the issues which affect gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender young people. They have had a workshop facilitated by Sandra Irwin Gowran from GLEN (Gay Lesbian Equality Network) which was most informative. Ms Moira Germaine, who works in the area of health promotion, also facilitated a workshop with the team which they found very worthwhile. Both of these workshops have helped the team progress their ideas for taking action on the issue. They have establised links with BeLonGTo and hope to organise "An Awareness Week" in conjunction with "Stand UP! Week" in April 2015. They are also working closely with Carlow Regional Youth Services. In March they will submit the project report to YSI and will participate in one of the YSI Speak Out events which will take place throughout the country.
The group were please to welcome the current Rose of Tralee, Maria Walsh, who visited them during the week and listened about the project work they were undertaking