On 9 December 2023 we were thrilled to present an exceptional event, ‘2048: The Future Starts Now’, a collaborative initiative between 4Voices, SistersIN, Vocalis Public Speaking and McCANN VA, aimed at empowering 12 teenage girls from diverse backgrounds in Northern Ireland.
The objective of ‘2048: The Future Starts Now’ was to provide these young participants with intensive training in public speaking, enabling them to deliver a powerful 5-minute speech envisioning the future of Northern Ireland.
As we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement in 2023, this event aimed to encourage participants to contemplate the next 25 years and the positive impact they can bring to Northern Ireland.
Their phenomenal speeches were presented to a select audience of community and business leaders on 9 December 2023 in Stormont Parliament Buildings in Belfast. Following the speeches, the leaders had the opportunity to engage with each young speaker individually, fostering meaningful conversations about their aspirations and visions for the future of our society.
Visit our YouTube channel to watch the full event and all the individual speeches
In our latest podcast 4Voices co-founder Cormac Walsh talks to the vice chair of SistersIn Aisling Press, founder of Vocalis Public Speaking Sinéad Lunny and two of the incredible young female speakers, Hope Gordon and Anna Norris.
Listen to two of the participants, Romy Maguire and Maka Chinanayi, speaking on BBC Radio Ulster GMU (at 1:17:43)
Emily Scanlon, Maka Chinanayi and Grace Jackman spoke to the Belfast Telegraph about participating in this exciting event
The Banbridge Chronicle highlights the speech of local participant Katie McMinn
Sinéad Lunny of Vocalis Public Speaking talks to The County Down Outlook