Young Social Innovators of the Year Title-holders 2020
The Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland Awards took place on October 20th 2020 with support from Virgin Media. The virtual event was hosted by television news reporter, Zara King, who met inspirational young people, educators and guests including Minister For Education and Skills, Norma Foley and Minister for Communty Development and Charities, Joe O'Brien. A panel of judges from across education, youth, government, ngo and corporate sectors reviewed the shortlisted entries and the winners were announced during the online ceremony.
The current title-holders of the Young Social Innovators of the Year are Cashel Community School, Co. Tipperary for their project 'Step Up For Accessibility'.
The winning project aimed to promote inclusion and protecti the rights of people with disabilities by combatting the misuse of disabled parking spaces through the development of an innovative prototype alarm sensor,
YSI Guide: Caitriona Ryan
Principal: John Gallagher
The silver award in 2020 went to Newtown School in Waterford for their project 'Newtown Games, Community Gains’.
This project focussed on promoting physical and mental health and wellbeing through the development of active, connected and vibrant communities in the Waterford region through a number of iniatitves for both young and old.
YSI Guide: Karen Keogh
Principal: David Keith Lemon
The bronze award in 2020 went to St. Leo's College in Carlow for their project 'The Lound Silence Behind Closed Doors'.
This project highlighted a serious and hidden issue in Irish society educating young people and successfully campainging for the provision of two emergency shelters in Carlow for victims of domestic violence.
YSI Guide: Sheila Coady
School Principal: Niamh Broderick
YSI High Impact Award
The YSI Global Citizens Mapping the Future project was initiated in 2015 by students from Portmarnock Community School Dublin. It saw the creation of a detailed online map for the first time for the Kingdom of Lesotho, a small enclaved country within the border of South Africa, that included street view and 3D viewing options. The Global Citizens Mapping the Future project was recognised with the coveted High Impact Award at YSI’s annual awards ceremony on October 20th 2020 in recognition of the lasting impact the project has had on emergency services, healthcare, ecological and infrastructure outcomes for the Kingdom of Lesotho.