Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland Awards
The Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland Awards celebrate excellence in youth-led social innovation. Held in May each year, shortlisted YSI teams are invited to present their projects to judging panels at our national celebratory awards event.
Hundreds of project teams enter the YSI Awards every year with inspiring social innovation projects spanning a diverse range of issues aligned to our innovation pillars of People, Communities and the Environment and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Shortlisted teams compete live at the YSI Awards event in a number of Challenge Categories. Winners are announced on the day including the winners of the overall Young Social Innovators of the Year Gold, Silver and Bronze Title Awards.
This year, the YSI Awards ceremony took at 11:00am on the 13th of May and was broadcast via YouTube Live. The Awards were presented by Virgin Media's Zara King and co-hosted by Dayl Cronin.
Watch the 2021 YSI Awards:
YSI Award Categories
Young Social Innovators awards project teams under a number of award catgories.
Award categories in 2021 include:
- Make Our World Healthier: Mental Health Award, supported by Health Service Executive
- Make Our World Healthier: Physical Health Award, supported by Health Service Executive
- Relationships and Sexual Health Award, supported by Health Service Executive
- Make Our Community Better Award, supported by Department of Rural and Community Development
- Make Our World a Better Place for Young People Award, supported by Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
- Make Our Country More Inclusive and Poverty Free Award, supported by Department of Social Protection
- Make Our World Safer Award
- Make Our World Fair and Just Award
- Make Our Future More Sustainable Award
- Global Cititizens Award, supported by Worldwise Global Schools
- Digital Innovators Award, Supported by Virgin Media
- YSI Fun-raising Award
- School Community Impact Award
- Covid-19 Response Award
Highlights of YSI Ireland Awards 2020
The first ever virtual Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland Awards took place in 2020 with support from Virgin Media.Event host, Zara King, met inspirational young people, teachers and guests. An array of award recipients were announced across various categories recognising young people, teachers and schools nationwide.