The Digital Youth Council of Ireland was the first of its kind to launch in World in August 2014, and now in 2017 the Digital Youth Council model has been replicated in both the U.K. and the Netherlands. Comprising of some of the top young people in STEM in Ireland, the Youth Council has been working over the last three years to give a voice to young people in STEM in Ireland and provide them with a platform to influence the work being done by Government and industry in the STEM sector to ensure there will be opportunities for both young people now and in the future.

Over the past three years there has been three councils elected, consisting of over thirty young people from all across Ireland. The list of Digital Youth Council alumni includes three Google Science Fair winners, six BT Young scientist winners, EU Digital Girl of the year for 2016, five Eir Junior Spider award winners and Time Magazine even named three members in their 25 most influential teens worldwide list in 2014.

Applications are now open for the Digital Youth Council for September 2017 to September 2018.

The council this year will consist of both existing members and almost ten newly elected members. The council will also only be accepting applications from students living in the Republic of Ireland.

“We are really excited to be opening applications again this year for the Digital Youth Council. Every year I am amazed by the huge amount of applications we receive from talented young people all across Ireland, and I have no doubt this year’s applicants will be just as good, if not better. Over the past year the council has been working on some really exciting resources for the classroom and working closely alongside the Irish Government to shape important policies, the new members will not just be getting the chance to work on these projects, but also plenty of new ideas and innovative initiatives. This year’s application process is designed in a way that every applicant has the opportunity to express themselves, so we highly encourage them to do so, so we can get a good idea of the person behind the name. As always myself and the Digital Youth Council team would like to wish all applications the very best of luck with the application process.” said Harry McCann, Executive Director, Digital Youth Council of Ireland.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

– Students must be in 2nd level education as of September 2017.
– Students must not be in a State examination year from September 2017 – 2018

How to apply:

– Students can apply by filling in the application form here:

Applications close on September 25th at 8:00pm GMT.

If you would like to find out more about the Digital Youth Council head to or you can find them on Twitter at @DYCIRL.

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