Youth on Trust Awards Essay Collection

In conjunction with the Irish and International Young Philosopher Awards at the UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life, PERITIA proudly presents the 12 winning entries of the 2022 Youth on Trust Awards in a digital Essay Collection, available below. Be sure to also check out our YouTube playlist featuring the winning entries submitted in film format.

We invited students between the ages of 13 to 18 from across Europe to share their views in a forum where their voices can be heard on the topic of trust in our social and political life. The project could take the form of an essay, podcast, film, blog post, short story or dialogue.

The three prize categories correspond to the following age groups: 13-14 / 15-16 / 17-18. We accepted entries from any of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. The winners have also been awarded a trip to the heart of the European Union in Brussels for the closing event of the PERITIA project on 4-5 May 2023, where they have been honoured in an awards ceremony.

In its third incarnation, the International Young Philosopher Awards were accepting entries related to the theme of belonging for 2023.

Climate scientist and YouTuber Adam Levy explains what the Youth on Trust Awards are about:


The Youth on Trust Awards is a PERITIA project in collaboration with the Irish Young Philosopher Awards.