The International Congress of Youth Voices

The International Congress of Youth Voices is an annual summit of young people with an interest in both writing and social justice. Student delegates are chosen based on their commitment to leadership and social justice and their passion and eloquence as writers. The event is designed to provide a path to leadership for all delegates and represents a continuum from students who have exhibited potential in local writing and tutoring programs to writers and activists who have already made notable achievements at a very young age.

Politics of the world affect young people as much as anyone else, and they have little to no voice as major decisions are made. The Congress was founded as a means to amplify their ideas and energy and to unite young people for a weekend of collaboration. 130 students worldwide are chosen to represent their country and are brought together for workshops, to meet world leaders and make speeches on behalf of their country and what they are most passionate about. When I received the call that I had been chosen to attend this congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico this August I was astounded and incredibly excited to have been given such an incredible opportunity.

Throughout my 6 years in Dominican College I have been nothing but supported, especially within my writing. Being chosen for opportunities like this makes me so grateful for the time I’ve spent here, where each individual can grow and develop so that we can all make a difference in the world. Though it is so difficult to leave this school, I owe this amazing opportunity to Dominican College and the way that I was allowed to explore my passion for writing and activism. Each teacher, student and member of staff have contributed to this and I am eternally grateful for the confidence and support I have gained here.

When I’m over in Puerto Rico, I may be representing Ireland; however I know that I’ll always be proud to represent the values and lessons that make Dominican College the place that it is. I’m so excited for my future and that is all thanks to my past here! (Kerry O’Sullivan)