This year the YSI project is "Make it your priority to stop child poverty". The project focuses on aspects of poverty and inequality in the lives of children in Ireland today. One of the aims is to deepen their understanding and the understanding of others in the community of the impact of poverty on the lives of children and families. A close link has been established with Barnardos Carlow and some of this year's YSI team attended the Barnardos Rise Up conference held in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin in November.
On foot of this experience they were inspired to organise a colloquium/RISE Up Carlow which will be held in the school on Tuesday 1st March. The purpose of this colloquium is to highlight what poverty looks like in Ireland today and to explore how inequality, disadvantage and poverty impacts on children's and young people’s lives. An invitation has issued to a representative number of Transition Year students from schools in the South East to participate. A number of third level students together with local public representatives and representatives of local organisations who work in this field have also been invited. There will be a number of presentations focusing on the aforementioned themes during the colloquium with among the key note speakers being Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardos.
One of the outcomes we would like to see at the end of the event would be for all participants to support the Barnardos Rise Up campaign, in particular we would like to see all students raise awareness and support among their peers for the campaign on returning to their schools and colleges.