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Safer Sex Youth Competition 2012

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Winning Entry

- Darren McGuigan, Largy College -


The IFPA invited secondary schools, Youthreach and youth groups to participate in a competition for young people aged 14 to 18 to create a message for their peers about safe sex.

The competition arose from the project Sexual Awareness for Europe (SAFE II) which received funding from the European Union, in the framework of the Health Programme. The SAFE II project aims to enhance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all young people across Europe through better co-operation among EU countries, co-ordination among agencies and harmonization of public health policies, health promotion strategies and programmes.

The IFPA’s Safer Sex youth competition aimed to develop and inform Ireland’s youth on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

The entries received for the competition were very diverse and came from schools, youth groups and youth theatre projects in Dublin, Monaghan, Limerick and Kerry.  

The winning entries exemplify the IFPA’s belief in young people as agents of change in relation to their own sexual health. The winning participants were presented with their prizes at a public discussion concerning young people’s sexual health and the age of consent in Ireland at the Royal College of Physicians during Ireland’s first ever Sexual Health Awareness Week (SHAW).


First Prize: Darren McGuigan: Largy College, Clones, Co Monaghan.
The winning entry was a short drama depicting a young couple discussing safe sex. It stood out because of the mature and respectful relationship between the couple. The judges were impressed by the depiction of young people taking ownership and responsibility for their own sexual health and felt it was a positive and empowering message for young people.

Director/Writer: Darren McGuigan.
Actors: Shauna McQuaid, Niall Cadden, Laura Kerr.
Production: Shane Mohan, Tristan Reavey and Adam Langan.
The group was supported by Sascha Comiskey.

Second Prize: The Girls’ Group at the Base in Ballyfermot.
Shauna Dutton, Niamh O’Shea, Shannon Holmes, Katie Byrne, Jodie Ryan, Rachel Mc Gowan and Demi O’Driscoll.

Their willing entry was this poster: “Your Choice—What’s Guiding You?”
The group was supported by youth worker, Leanne Ryan.

What's Guiding You? poster 

Third Prize: James McCudden, Largy College.
James’ entry was a short video: “A Different Generation.”    
This short video depicts a young person discussing sexual attitudes and safer sex with his grandparents. The grandparents’ lack of knowledge on safe sex practices highlights how much sexual health education has evolved in Ireland.

This competition arises from the project Sexual Awareness for Europe (SAFE II) which has received funding from the European Union, in the framework of the Health Programme.

The winning short film reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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