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Social Innovation comes to Junior Cycle!

This article featured in the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) The Leader Magazine - September 2016

YSI introduces its Junior Action Programme & Awards this year

Young people in the first several years of second level education need a wide range of skills to help them face the many challenges presented to them in today’s ever-changing world. They develop specific skills in their common subjects and other obligatory courses. But there is also a more general set of skills that are needed to support learners in their personal, social and work lives. As learners develop each of the key skills in an integrated way they will also become better learners.

With this in mind, YSI has launched a new Social Innovation Action Programme & Awards to enable young people in junior cycle to understand social innovation and how it can help to address social issues. It allows participants to discover the innovator in them and to use their innate talents to make a difference in their school or local community. This creates an engaging, interactive and fun learning experience and develops important life and social skills for young people. 

This new programme has been developed by Young Social Innovators drawing on its vast learning at senior level. It provides ideal tools for CSPE, RE and SPHE project work and can incorporate efforts from other subjects with a community based element.

The programme and awards is supported by a useful teacher-friendly resource to help guide a group of students or class in the learning and doing of social innovation. The final part of this module – which can take from between 12 to 20 hours to complete – is a youth led advocacy project. If students wish to submit a report they will receive certification and also qualify for the inaugural YSI Junior Awards in 2017.

For further information and to find out how your school can get involved, visit our website or contact a member of our Education Team on 01 645 8030 or email