YSI for Educators
Young Social Innovators is a youth-led, team based, civic action programme for young people in Ireland. It engages young people in real social issues that concern them and supports them to come up with innovative actions and responses. Some 6,000 young people take part each year throughout Ireland and develop social action projects and some up with new ideas to change the world for good.
How it works
YSI is facilitated throughout Ireland by educators, teacher, youth and community leaders, youth workers and parents. They motivate, support and guide YSI project teams as they practice social innovation and progress their causes. YSI, in turn, supports these educators, called YSI Guides, by providing resources, workshops and forums to share learning, experience and to build capaciity.
Where to begin
Get your school, youthreach centre or service to apply. The Social Innovation Programme begins in September with educator In-service training. Download an organisation application form (available from May onwards) or apply online.
Each participating organization linked into the YSI programme can expect the following support and offers to educators and pupils:
One third of students, when asked, believe they are more involved in their local community as a result of YSI.
46% of students said that they wanted to continue their YSI project; 26% actually did continue.
90% of YSI Guides (teachers) feel that YSI suits young people of varying aptitudes.
90% of YSI Guides feel that YSI is a worthwhile learning experience.
Source: Stop Talking and Do Something! An Independent Evaluation of Young Social Innovators by Jim Gleeson, Diarmuid O Donnabhainn, Orla McCormack and Joanne O’Flaherty, Dublin, December 2009.
Benefits for Educators
Educators get involved in YSI by signing their school or centre up to take part and committing time to working with a YSI Team/s. It’s a great opportunity for educators to continue to learn and grow both professionally and personally.
Continuing Professional Development is offered to you so that you…
Benefits for schools/centres
Any second level educational or developmental setting for teenagers can take on a YSI project. The majority of participating organizations have been involved for a number of years because they find that the YSI porgramme: