The Shona Project is for girls, by girls and about girls. In order to make sure we always have the best interests of our girls at heart, we established our Youth Council, a group of young Irish women from all over Ireland, and with a range of different backgrounds and interests.
Our youth council help us make all our decisions, tell us when we’re doing things right and break it to us gently when we’re missing something special. They are our ambassadors and our eyes and ears on the ground. If you would like to apply to join this group of brilliant young ladies, get in touch. The more the merrier.
Lets meet the crew….
For years, Skye was unable to attend school due to her mental health struggles,.Now she is doing well, and is keen to share her story to help reduce the stigma around mental health, and hopefully help other girls who are struggling
Katie started her own company at 16, selling gender neutral clothing. Her entrepreneurial spirit was recognised when she was awarded National Youth Entrepreneur of the Year and U magazine’s “30 under 30” award. Katie will represent Ireland in the European Finals in Sofia, Bulgaria this November.
Emily is already creating positive change in the world. Two years ago, she invented the ‘Duffily Bag’ an specially adapted sleeping bag for homeless people. The bag was distributed in Dublin and Callais and its production is providing employment for homeless people through The Mendicity Institute.
Alana is a talented actress, spoken word actress and filmmaker. She runs her own production company, making short films for social enterprises, charities and changemakers. An accomplished youth activist herself, Alana is hugely involved in youth empowerment in Ireland
Mary Kate is a law student and amateur boxer who is intent on breaking down preconceptions about women in sport. She also talks and writes about her experience of anorexia in a bid to help and support others.
Eboni is our roaming reporter, and will be doing interviews with interesting people, as well as encouraging young people to use their voices in a positive way. She is slightly obsessed with red lipstick.
Last year, Nicole lost her younger brother Alex after he took a synthetic drug at a house party. Now, she balances her full time job with speaking about the dangers of legal highs in schools, and advocating for stricter regulation. She wants to use her platform to spread her message and share her brothers story.
Hailing from Madrid, Inés, has recently moved to Ireland, we hope not for the weather. As part of her studies, Inés worked in a prison with men who had committed violent crimes against women, and is passionate about making the world a safer and more understanding place.
Niamh is currently studying the relationships we develop with food and our bodies, and is super interested in instilling self-esteem and confidence in young people. She may have a very promising career ahead of her, but we saw her first so hands off…
Growing up with high functioning autism, Ciara-Beth experienced difficulty maintaining eye contact, and the social isolation that came as a consequence. In an attempt to alleviate the negative effects that minimal eye contact had on her life, and the lives of others on the autism spectrum, Ciara-Beth created an app called MiContact.
Ashling is 18 and lives in Waterford. A talented soccer player and singer, she recently started writing about her battle with depression to help herself, and hopefully others. Ash is very interested in Mental Health issues, sport and hopes to share her story with younger girls, who may have similar experiences.
Sophie lives in Dublin, where she writes for many different publications about women’s rights. A fierce feminist, she hopes to encourage younger girls to get involved in social issues and use their voices to create change.
Alexandra lives in Wexford and is a huge fan of manga and film. A member of Irelands trans community, she shares her honest experience throughout her transitions in order to educate and promote understanding.
Tanya comes from Limerick and is taking a year out from college. She feels very passionately about the issues faced by young women and want to help in any way she can. She hopes to do a Masters in Social Care in the next few years.
Megan is 18 and from Mayo. Growing up, she struggled with an eating disorder. Now she wants to use this platform to help others with similar stories, and to tell her own.
Naoishe is 22 and from Louth. She is passionate about languages, volunteering for her local Crosscause Charity, donating Christmas shoeboxes, movies and fashion. At 17 Naoishe became ill with POT Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue (M.E) and Fibromyalgia. She hopes to use this platform to share her story, raise awareness about illnesses that aren’t always visible and help others who are struggling with similar health.
Joy is one of the founders of The Shona Book Club, and a talented writer. Her favourite book is Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
Daisy is one of the founders of The Shona Book Club, and a talented writer. Her favourite book is The Cider House Rules by John Irving
Jenny is 21, studying Human Rights Law at NUI Galway. Having battled mental health issues in the past, she now wants to help others and show them it is possible to overcome these issues, no matter how hard it seems at the time.
Amber is one of the founders of The Shona Book Club, and a talented writer. Her favourite book is The Silver Age, by James Lasdun
Libby is one of the founders of The Shona Book Club, and a talented writer. Her favourite book is The Handmaids Tale, by Margaret Atwood