The 2017 Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund is making €100,000 available for community projects that support and inspire young people.

Research carried out by Coca‑Cola head of the launch of the 2017 Thank You Fund, shows that personal happiness is the most important measure of success among young people across Ireland and Northern Ireland. They believe their happiness is more than three times as important as money when it comes to defining success.

Furthermore, the findings show that young people are motivated, with 72% describing themselves as ambitious. Interestingly, females are 15% more likely than males to describe themselves in this way. However, 76% of males said they would prefer to keep their ambitions private compared with 58% of females.

The findings show that self-confidence is an important issue. 45% of young people describe their self-confidence as good but in need of improvement, while 10% say they have poor self-confidence. 

Role models are also an important source of inspiration and guidance for young people. 63% of those aged 12-17 say they have a role model, with the number falling to 50% among 18-25 year olds. By far the most prominent role models for young people are one or both of their parents. Just 23% said their role model is a celebrity, while 14% said they look up to a current or former teacher.

The Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund is delivered in partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation and YouthAction Northern Ireland. This year, €100,000 will be made available in grants to non-profit and community groups for projects that inspire and support young people, particularly programmes which align with; bridging the divide between education and the workplace; fostering diversity and inclusion among young people; empowering young people to become the leaders of the future.

 

Comedian PJ Gallagher at the Dublin launch of the Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund 2017

Speaking about his role model, PJ Gallagher said, “Fellow comedian Jason Byrne has always been there for me and helped guide me at an important time in my life. It’s good news that many young people have similar figures in their own lives.”

 

Broadcaster Pete Snodden at the launch of the Thank You Fund at Coca‑Cola HBC' s plant in Lisburn, with young people from Youth Action Northern Ireland

Pete Snodden said he was inspired by Chris Evans, “Chris Evans has been an inspiration to me for many years. He started out in broadcasting as a teenager and he has continually reinvented himself throughout his successful career. His story inspired me to follow a similar path into broadcasting and   it’s good news that so many young people have similar figures in their own lives.

 

Matthieu Seguin, General Manager Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland, with Coca‑Cola Ireland Country Manager Petre Sandru

Matthieu Seguin, General Manager, Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland said: “This research points up that young people in Ireland are hopeful for their futures and have a mature interpretation of success. This high level of ambition is great to see – as a society we need to work with our young people to enable them to realise their potential. Confidence is a big issue and we need to develop programmes that will allow young people to become the leaders of the future. The findings also point to a need to work with young people to help them bridge the divide between education and the workplace. In helping to address these issues, we want to support the great work that is already being done in communities across the country, and we look forward to seeing new and exciting ideas in the entries this year.”

The Coca‑Cola Thank You Fund is delivered in partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation and YouthAction Northern Ireland.

Applications will be received online via www.coca-cola.ie/thankyou before 14th July. Applications are invited for new programmes which align with the following themes:

  • Bridging the divide between education and the workplace
  • Fostering diversity and inclusion among young people
  • Empowering young people to become the leaders of the future

Visit Coca‑Cola.ie/ThankYou for more information about the fund.