Name: Jake Redmond, Sixth Year, Larkin Community College, Co. Dublin

Background: Jake is a dedicated Peer Educator with Jigsaw youth mental health service, helping teenagers between the ages of 12 to 19 years with their mental health difficulties. For several years he has taken part in events to raise awareness and funds for charities such as Pieta House, Localise and the Peter McVerry Trust.

A member of an advisory group for a government led citizens assembly, on the reform of education, Jake worked with educators and policy makers to give young people a voice and a say in their education that was then brought to the attention of the Minister for Education. Passionate about education, Jake went on to train for two days in the National College of Ireland to become a Relationship Keeper that taught him how to help young students entering secondary school cope with the change and get the best out of the school environment.

Enthusiastic about a variety of issues, Jake actively volunteers during annual school Open Days, local festivals, climate change protests to Leinster House and with local primary schools.

Jake’s motivation for volunteering: “I think it is because of the great people that are in my life such as my teachers, parents and amazing people in my community that really encouraged me to begin volunteering.”

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