Social Innovation Action Programme: Junior Cycle

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Social Innovation Action Programme: Junior Cycle
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Overview

A scalable, fun, action-focussed innovation programme aligned to curricula and learning outcomes at Junior Cycle through which students collaborate in teams to creatively address an identified social issue impacting their school or local community.

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Who is it for?

Students aged 12-15 years (second-level schools)
First, second and third year students.

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Duration 20 hours* and scalable (10 hour fast track available on request)
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Alignment Junior Wellbeing, CSPE, SPHE, RE, Career Guidance
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Cost €5 / £5 per student

About the Programme

Students at Junior Cycle are facilitated to explore issues impacting their local community and to discover their own capacity to effect change by taking creative and collaborative action on an issue they care about. Homelessness, cultural diversity, community facilities for young people, plastic pollution, pedestrian safety and animal welfare are just some of the community-based issues tackled by participants of this programme.

Students from Terence MacSwiney Community School, Cork who successfully campaigned for a new playground for children in their local community
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Why Do It

Through fun and engaging activities, students at Junior Cycle explore their community from different perspectives and identify issues impacting people and the environment around them. Working together, they come up with an innovative idea to address an issue that they care about and are guided through the planning and implementation of a small action project to bring their idea to life. On completion of a short online report, all participants are provided certification as young social innovators. During #YSIWeek, students host a school-based event to celebrate their impact locally and share their project story.

#YSIWeek

#YSIweek is the national celebration of youth-led social innovation. All YSI teams at both Junior and Senior Cycle are encouraged to showcase their projects locally during this dedicated week (usually held in early April) and to celebrate how their innovative ideas and actions are changing the world for good. Teams are encouraged to involve their wider community in the celebration of their work.

Students from Nagle Community School present their project during a local community event in Cork to coincide with YSI Week
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How It's Delivered

The programme is facilitated by educators (YSI Guides) who guide and support teams reach their full potential. Supported by teacher training and world class resources, the programme builds resilience and wellbeing and promotes youth participation, youth voice, and community volunteering.

Integration with Curricula

Aligned with the curriculum and statements of learning, this programme is suitable for different year groups in Junior Cycle and across a range of subjects. The programme also supports Global Citizenship Learning and covers themes across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Highlighted by the NCCA as an important Wellbeing resource, YSI's Junior programme is ideal for allocation to a teacher of CSPE, RE, SPHE, career guidance or another suitably aligned subject, or as a standalone module. The programme empowers first, second or third year students with 21st-century skills that activate the indicators of wellbeing, encouraging young teens to flourish.

This tailor-made, fully flexible programme at Junior Cycle can add 20+ hours to your school’s Wellbeing Programme.

Weekly Class Time Minimum Sessions
120 mins 10
80 mins 15
60 mins 20
40 mins 30

*10hour Fast Track option is also available. Speak to one of our Education Team to help you tailor the programme for your specific needs.

Looking to complement your school’s Wellbeing programme?

Download our Wellbeing pack which includes Junior Cycle Wellbeing curriculum and subject links and a pre-prepared Appendix i

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Programme Benefits