DCU Young Social Innovators

May 14, 2014 Transition Year

Young Social Innovators (YSI) is Ireland’s largest social awareness, active citizenship and education programme for 15 to 18 year olds. Its main goal is to get young people involved in action which helps improve the lives of others in their community. YSI involves thousands of young people in Ireland each year in hundreds of projects and social enterprises which are youth-led, team-based and action-focused.

As part of this a selection of students from the school went to DCU for a workshop on many different social problems that face young people, the community and society as a whole. These range from alcoholism to homophobia to racism. I found this to be a very open discussion on many different topics. There was no stone left unturned.

Finally we were invited to attend the Annual Showcase of Young Social Innovators 2014, if we made a poster conveying a social issue in order to attend.

It will take place on 7th May 2014 at Citywest Hotel. The Annual Showcase of Young Social Innovators is the biggest celebration of social innovation in Ireland and one of the largest youth events in the country.

So it’s something to look forward too.

Kevin Boland