Developing 21st century skills among the leaders of tomorrow

Developing 21st century skills among the leaders of tomorrow

Our programmes support young people to develop essential skills for life and work in the 21st century

Our Programmes
YOUNG SOCIAL INNOVATORS OF THE YEAR AWARDS

YOUNG SOCIAL INNOVATORS OF THE YEAR AWARDS

We recognise and celebrate excellence in youth led innovation

YSI Awards 2016
Leading the way in social innovation education

Leading the way in social innovation education

Our unique social innovation model creates a powerful learning experience for young people and educators

Our Model
Embracing Innovation

Embracing Innovation

Meet the fearless creators embracing social innovation

Meet Them
Empowering young people to create a fairer world

Empowering young people to create a fairer world

We harness the creativity of young people to design solutions to improve the wellbeing of people and society

Innovators
Delivering education that changes the world

Delivering education that changes the world

We equip educators with tools and resources to facilitate social innovation teams

Educators

We are Young Social Innovators

We are passionate about young people. We are passionate about education. And we are passionate about the world we live in. We know that the world is not always fair, not always equal and not always just. We also know that young people can be powerful catalysts for social change when given opportunities and supports.

That is exactly what we do.

TEACHERS & EDUCATORS

TEACHERS & EDUCATORS

YSI Guides play a vital role in facilitating youth led social innovation on the ground.

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SOCIAL INNOVATORS

SOCIAL INNOVATORS

Thousands of young people have taken part in YSI and made positive change in their communities and beyond.

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YSI is offering a range of exciting programmes for 2016/17. Sign up now!

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4,000 Projects & Counting...

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Meet our Young Social Innovators

Colin

Colin

Global Mapping

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Kirsty

Kirsty

Domestic Violence

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Jacqui

Jacqui

Missing Persons

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Our Story So Far...

  • 4,124
    projects completed by young people
  • 1,125
    educators trained
  • 2,243,460
    people impacted
  • 120,000
    young social innovators

What people say...

Michael D Higgins, YSI Patron
Michael D Higgins, YSI Patron, President of Ireland
At the heart of the Young Social Innovators programme is the development of active, creative citizens.  And it is active, creative citizens who will lead the transformation of Ireland.  As President of Ireland I pay tribute to each one of you that responded so positively to the invitation to stretch and strengthen your leadership potential by becoming involved with this initiative.
Michael D Higgins, YSI Patron, President of Ireland
Mary Robinson
Mary Robinson, Executive Director, Ethical Globalisation Initiative
YSI deepens young people’s understanding of the interdependence of all people locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Mary Robinson, Executive Director, Ethical Globalisation Initiative
Mary McAleese
Mary McAleese, Former President of Ireland
The young citizens who participate in this programme are those special people who want to make a difference, to get involved and to create a better society. They are people who use their vision, their talents and their energy to make a positive contribution to the world in which they live.
Mary McAleese, Former President of Ireland
PARTNERS
Ulster Bank
Department of Environment and Local Government
HSE
WorldWise Global Schools
Department of Education and Skills
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Department of Social Protection
Abbvie
NTR Foundation
Mayson Hayes & Curran
Actavo
Vodafone Foundation
Construction Industry Federation
ESB
Toyota