European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2014: National winning entry announced
The Leitrim Peace and Reconciliation Partnership are the Irish national winners of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize 2014. Their project "Embracing Change Programme" focussed on young people in Leitrim and was aimed at establishing meaningful cross-community and cross-border initiatives that would improve trust and tolerance and reduce levels of sectarianism and racism. The Embracing Change Programme will now go forward to be considered with 28 winners from other EU countries for the overall Charlemagne Youth Prize.
The Charlemagne Youth Prize, which is jointly organised by the European Parliament and the International Charlemagne Prize Foundation in Aachen, is awarded to projects undertaken by people between 16 and 30 years old. The European Charlemagne Youth Prize aims to encourage the development of a European consciousness among young people, as well as their participation in European integration projects. It does this by giving awards to projects undertaken by young people that foster understanding, promote the development of a shared sense of European identity, and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community
Total prize money is 10,000 euro. The three winning projects will be awarded funding of €5,000, €3,000, and €2,000 respectively.
Selection of the 3 winning projects by the European jury: 10 April 2014.
Award ceremony in Aachen: 27 May 2014