Tralee Students Get Funding For Project To Highlight Illegal Puppy Farming

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Students from Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk , Tralee, were delighted to receive funding for their YSI project ‘Laws for Paws’. The team pitched their YSI project to the panel of Den dragons to secure funding to scale up their social innovation idea.

STUDENTS from Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk, Tralee, secured €500 in funding through the Social Innovation Den hosted by Young Social Innovators in Cork last week.

The students, who have been working on projects through Young Social Innovators since September, impressed the panel of dragons with their creative ideas to effect positive change in their communities and wider society.

Students pitched their project ‘Laws for Paws’, focused on raising awareness about illegal puppy farming in Ireland.

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The team will invest their funding in organising a host of community activities, such as dog walks, and on developing an app to help ensure people can adopt puppies from accredited dog-friendly breeders.

Seven projects were invited to pitch at the YSI Den in Cork for a share of this year’s €10,000 social innovation fund.

Young Social Innovators hosts the Den every year to support teenagers’ ideas to tackle social issues in an effort to create a fairer, more equal and sustainable world.  A further eleven projects pitched at a second YSI Den event in Dublin.

Over 7,000 students throughout Ireland are currently involved in similar projects with Young Social Innovators in 2020.

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