9 November 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Monaghan Neighbourhood Youth Project did themselves, their group, their county and their community proud in its TV debut as part of ‘Ireland’s Top Teens’ TV Show on TV3 last Sunday (4th November). This uplifting and heart-felt programme showcased ten outstanding groups of young people who undertook projects to impact positively on the lives of others as active citizens. The Monaghan teens were chosen from hundreds of youth groups around the country to be part of the TV show having participated in the “permanent tsb Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards” at Youth Expo at the RDS earlier this year.
In its project the Monaghan Neighbourhood Youth Project put an unusual twist to the phrase “reuse, recycle” in this recession busting initiative targeted at families. In recognising the expense and the increasing financial burden put on many families when children return to school, this group developed a school uniform recycling project which provides good quality school uniforms to families. To raise awareness of the initiative, the group designed posters, launched a Facebook page and targeted local schools. Two collection points, one at the Foróige NYP centre in Monaghan and, the other in the local shopping centre were set up by the group. The initiative was a success and the group collected almost 160 separate items of school clothing which were then sold at affordable low prices in the local St Vincent de Paul Shops.
John Cahill, Assistant Chief Executive who was the chairperson of the judging panel said, “This project is current and generates endless positivity and makes a tangible difference. The Youth Citizenship Awards showcase young people at their very best and give communities the opportunity to unite and celebrate local achievement.”
Niall O’Grady, permanent tsb said, ““We are delighted to be involved with this initiative which celebrates and acknowledges the positive impact young people make on society. This project did this and more and all the young people should be very proud.
The star studded Awards ceremony took place at the Helix in Dublin on Thursday 1st November and, Mark McNally from the group was interviewed on stage by TV3’s popular host Karen Koster. A special message of support was sent via video link to the Monaghan teens from international designer John Rocha. 800 young people packed out The Helix for the awards event and enjoyed performances from top entertainment acts including “Prodijig”, “Royseven” and “The Original Rude Boys”.

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