YSI Young Social Innovators

All of our TY classes have the option of participating in YSI annually. We have a long history of involvement with YSI and have won the National Award on two occasions with our investigation into eating disorders  “Starving to Impress (2008)”, and our investigation of cyber bullying “Beware of IT (2014)”.

As a young innovator , a student will be challenged to look at the world around them and to identify and explore issues affecting them, their  friends, their community and wider society. More than just coming up with a solution, students will be asked to put that idea into action and to create change. They will see other perspectives, using their own expertise and creativity to design solutions based on real human experience and need. They will gain real experience working in a team and develop skills in leadership, communication and project planning and management.

During the YSI experience, students are asked to identify and develop their own wisdom, strengths, talents and take action in a way that not only makes a difference but is also fun! YSI truly believes that everyone has the power to be an innovator. By working with their friends, teachers, educators and other members of the community, a TY student  can be a force for social good.

Our TY1 class are looking at the disease Cervical Cancer while TY4 are looking at the issue of Consent. Both participated in the Regional Speak Out in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary I, Limerick on 28 March.

Participating in YSI ensures TY students develop many transferable skills  including:

Empowerment

  • Ability to seek solutions
  • Flexibility
  • Leadership

Empathy

  • Self awareness
  • Awareness of social need
  • Appreciating difference
  • Coping strategies

Self Esteem

  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Community

 

Social innovation is ‘the practice of using creativity to develop solutions which improve the wellbeing of people and society’. A social innovator is someone who uses their creativity and talents to make a difference. Working with others in a team you explore an issue of concern, get to understand it and come up and do something innovative to address that concern.