Three Irish people up for JCI awards

Scientist and innovator Ciara Judge, mental health advocate Niall Breslin, and autism activist Adam Harris are in contention to be named among the world’s 10 most outstanding young people.

They have already been shortlisted as three of the 20 people from which the 2016 Junior Chamber International (JCI) 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the World Honorees will be selected.

The Irish public can help by having their say in the final choice for the programme which honours 10 people under the age of 40 each year for extraordinary service to their communities, including Cork-born disability campaigner Joanne O’Riordan last year.

An online vote will count towards the final selection, in combination with a judging panel of the JCI president and representatives of partner organisations. The 10 chosen young people will be honoured at the 2016 JCI World Congress in Quebec city, Canada in November.

After national and European success at young scientist competitions with Kinsale Community School classmates Emer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow, Ciara Judge has worked on technology and projects aimed at increasing food security, and encouraging more young people to be entrepreneurs.

Adam Harris is founder of AsIAm which supports people with autism and aims to raise awareness and help improve inclusion.

Musician Niall Breslin is nominated for his work, in which he has used his own experience of mental health issues to advocate for greater supports and investment in services, as well as to encourage young people to open up about their struggles.

The public vote, in which young people from 10 other countries are also shortlisted, is open until Monday at: jci.cc/toypvote/


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