The last month has seen President Michael D. Higgins launch his latest initiative, Being Young and Irish, which aims to involve young people in shaping the future of our country.

The last month has seen President Michael D. Higgins launch his latest initiative, Being Young and Irish, which aims to involve young people in shaping the future of our country. But what’s it all about? Well, basically, the President wants to hear what young people in Ireland hope to see in the country’s future and wants us all to help work towards making it a reality.

Every young person from the ages of 17- 26 in Ireland is invited to put forward their opinion through www.president.ie, by submitting their views in no more than 500 words, or by uploading audio or a video. In this submission, you should address your vision for Ireland and its future, how you think that the youth of today can help to word towards this vision, and what else you think would be necessary to make your vision a reality. This is your opportunity to give your opinion on how to make Ireland a better place and how to address some of the issues you have, or are experiencing, along with possible solutions. The deadline for these submissions is the 29th of September.

So what happens then? Well, all the views submitted will be reviewed, and several will be selected to be showcased on the President’s website. Then, a number of contributors will be invited to one of four exclusive regional workshops, two of which have already been held, throughout the country to discuss their visions and ideas. A final seminar will be hosted by the President, “Being Young and Irish” and a small number of contributors will also be selected to present the key findings of this initiative at the seminar. A large number of young people will be invited to this final event, and will be in the company of the President, his team and a number of invited decision makers.

Finally, the President will publish a final report on “Being Young and Irish”, detailing young Irish people’s shared vision for the country’s future, and how it can be achieved. This is a rare opportunity for students to get involved in the politics of the country, and the chance for your voice to be heard. Submit now to http://www.president.ie/.