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Friday, 08 February 2019 14:02

Your #YEA19 Project: 6 Steps to Success

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In the middle of carrying out your #YEA19 project and need a helping hand?

We have a great new resource for you!


The Young Environmentalist Awards '6 Steps to Success' programme shows you how to carry out your project in six easy to follow steps.


Download it here.


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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 11:57

#YSDCarlow Start Their #YEA19 Projects!

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Young people across Ireland are getting ready to submit their #YEA19 action project, and our Carlow Youth for Sustainable Development 

group are no different!


Two groups have come up with unique ideas for taking environmental action in their local communities, check them out below.





Wednesday, 30 January 2019 12:20

ECO-UNESCO E-Magazine January 2019

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ECO-UNESCO, in conjunction with University College Dublin, is providing an opportunity for two young people to attend, as UN Major Group for

Children and Youth representatives, the UN ECOSOC Youth Forum in the United Nations from April 6th to April 8th 2019.


To gain a place, Youth for Sustainable Development participants had to give presentations on why they should be chosen - with two lucky young people being chosen in the end.


The two-day forum is an opportunity for young people from Ireland to have an input and a say into the United Nations review of the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda.


Learn more about the forum here, and check back for updates to see how our young people get on!


Friday, 25 January 2019 13:25

#YEA19: Submissions Now Open!

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Welcome to YEA 2019. We are very much looking forward to receiving your projects for our 20th Anniversary of the YEA.


Our Showcase this year will be held in Dublin Convention Centre and is shaping up to be a really special event.


We want to encourage and support you to submit your wonderful projects so that you can take part. 

Your projects will be judged based on your written submission form and EVIDENCE (photos, PowerPoint etc).


The judging criteria is available on our website here. 


Please note that: 

50% marks are awarded for your written submission

50% marks are awarded for the EVIDENCE that you submit to support your written work. (See details on this below. 


We appreciate that young people work hard to create artistic records of their work and to build display models etc.

There will be opportunities at the ECO-Dens (semi-finals) and at the Final Showcase to display artwork and models (especially given extra space afforded by the new venue this year! 



Each project will be emailed it's own REGISTRATION NUMBER. 

If you are a mentor who is entering more than one project, you will receive a registration number for each project. 

Important: Please use this number in any correspondence.




You will receive a link to your submission folder in the same email as your registration number. You should click this link to open the folder. 

The name of the folder contains your registration number and the name of your organisation. Please check that this is correct. 

If you are a mentor who is entering more than one project, you will receive a separate link for each project.




In order to submit your project, you will need to open the folder link.


Here you will find a folder dedicated to your project and labelled with your Registration Number. 

In this folder you will find: 


2. The ‘PROJECT SUBMISSION FORM’. (To be filled in by the young people)

3. An ‘INDIVIDUAL REFLECTION FORM’ (containing multiple Individual forms)

4. A folder labelled ‘EVIDENCE’




  1. Please read the instructions carefully in PROJECT SUBMISSION FORM and provide answers for ALL FIELDS. Unless specified, all fields should be completed by the young people. The file can be edited by multiple people (even at the same time) and will save as you go.
  2. Ensure that the PROJECT SUBMISSION FORM is completed by midnight 1st March. After this time, you will no longer have access to your folder.



You will find one file that contains multiple Individual Reflection Forms.

EVERY SINGLE young person registered for this project should fill out one form each. (If you have 6 participants, you should have 6 forms filled out etc)



The EVIDENCE FOLDER should contain ALL THE WORK you have completed for the 6 Steps of your project. This may include photos (eg: including pictures of your brainstorm sessions, planning meetings, flip charts, artwork etc.), videos, press clippings, PowerPoints, audio clips. Anything that you think shows evidence of your work or otherwise supports and enhances your project can be saved here.

Please name each file within the EVIDENCE FOLDER clearly showing which step it relates to.


All you need to do is make sure that everything you want to submit is saved in your folder before midnight 1st March.

Short-listings will take place within a week of that date and you will then be notified if you are being invited to attend the semi-final ECO-Dens.




As an environmental organisation, we are strongly encouraging all our participants to submit their projects online. However, if this is not possible, you may submit your application by post. Please ensure that you follow the Submission Guidelines and, using A4 size paper, answer the questions set out in the Application Form. 

Entries should be posted to: 



9 Burgh Quay

Dublin 2

D02 FD85


ECO-UNESCO is happy to assist with any issues you may have with submitting your project. Please look at our  FAQ’s for assistance: 

Alternatively, please email any queries to yea.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Susie Spratt, our YEA coordinator, or other members of our team will be happy to assist you. You can also telephone us on 01 662 5491

Best of luck! 

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:36

Learning 2 Change January Update!

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The new year started off great, as we completed training sessions in 31 out of the 40 Irish schools we were funded to focus on, with

the remaining 9 already booked in across the next 3 months. 

We have also completed 6 out of 8 of the student council training workshops and are currently in communication with the two final schools in

Galway to pick dates.Moreover, we have been funded by Galway County Council to give an additional 6-Steps to Success workshop in the city,

while a 6-week Sustainable Development Transition Year programme has just kicked off in Naas.

Finally, ECO-UNESCO representatives will be attending the World Wise Global Schools Teacher Training Event in Dublin, on 31 January 2019.

Any other teachers interested in being involved with the Learning 2 Change programme next school term (Sep – Dec 2019) can ask for information and register their interest.


Want more information on our Learning 2 Change Programme? Contact:
Eimear Manning, Environmental Youth Officer
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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:30

ECO-Choices January Update!

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Drimnagh Castle are just about finished the QQI Level 3 in ECO-Community Development! They've really been enjoying their time with

ECO-UNESCO, and have started taking action for their projects.


Stanhope Street Secondary School have also just finished their Foundation ECO-Choices programme. They have particularly enjoyed learning more about environmental issues,

and have gained skills that enable them to take action on issues they are passionate about. They are about to put these skills into practice by undertaking their

action project for the Young Environmentalist Awards!


Want more information on our ECO-Choices Programme? Contact:
Doireann Dunbar, ECO-Choices Coordinator
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Young people from our Youth for Sustainable Development Programme had the opportunity to speak

at Climate Case Ireland's 'Children's Rally for Climate Action' on Saturday, January 19th.


See the full video below!


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ECO-UNESCO is excited to announce that we will be co-hosting YEE International Seminar “Know Your Grassroots” between 1-6 April,

2019 in Ireland, as part of the Let Grassroots Grow long-term project.  

If you are a motivated young person interested to develop yourself in non-formal education, grassroots movements and youth work,

you can apply to be part of the preparatory team of "Know Your Grassroots" seminar. 

The deadline to apply is 28 January, 2019.

You can find detailed information and how to apply here. 

Monday, 21 January 2019 11:49

#YSD Drogheda People Share their #YEA19 Journey

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Young people participating in ECO-UNESCO's Youth for Sustainable Development programme in Drogheda are working on the project there are going to present at the Young Environmentalist Awards 2019 and have shared with us their enthusiasm about being part of Ireland’s biggest green awards scheme. 


With their project ‘More or less, less homelessness’ they hope to raise awareness about homelessness and are planning to start a petition to attract the attention of their local council to try to tackle this issue they care about. 



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