YSI Design for Change

YSI Design for Change
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Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not answered below, please call us and speak to a member of our team who will be happy to help.

The YSI Design for Change is designed for teams of young people aged 10-12 years. It is suitable for Primary School children in 5th and 6th classes. Teams must be facilitated by a YSI Guide (a teacher, educator or adult mentor.).

Teachers sign up to take part in the programme either on the YSI website or by phone to (01) 645 8030.

Training is highly recommended particularly for first-time educators. The training workshop is designed to provide teachers with an understanding of social innovation education, approaches and methodologies to be used to guide students through the programme and ensure they get the most from the experience.

Yes, the cost is €100 per school per annum which includes teacher training workshop attendance for up to 5 teachers as well as support, access to programme resources and certification.

Teachers are provided with a full suite of online resources and activities as well as dedicated training in advance of programme facilitation. The YSI Learning and Practice Team is also on hand to offer support at any time and can be contacted at educate@ysi.ie.

The YSI Design for Change programme is designed to be completed in 8-10 hours however the time required to complete a project will depend on the scale of the actions planned. If you have a timetabling query, contact our Education team at educate@ysi.ie.

YSI recommends teams are no fewer than 5 and up to a full class.

Yes, schools and centres can collaborate on an action project.

To complete the programme, a team must undertake a social innovation project and submit a written report online through the Design for Change global platform. The criteria for each will be communicated to teachers when signed up.

When you sign up, you will be sent login details for the resources area of the YSI website. The login button is in the top right corner of the homepage of the website.

Each team who successfully completes the programme i.e. submits a report, will be eligible for certification.

Design for Change International was set up by Kiran Sethi from her school Riverside, in Ahmedabad in Western India. The FIDS Framework (Feel, Imagine, Do, Share) is inspired by design thinking and innovation learning and it is now used by teachers around the world to facilitate children to develop solutions to issues impacting them and their communities.

Young Social Innovators is the Ireland Country Champion of Design for Change International since 2018. We are pleased to work with some extremely committed Country Champions from over 70 countries worldwide. 

By taking part in YSI Desing for Change, students from Ireland join thousands of young people globally who are working to build a more fair and caring world.