YSI Week 17th - 21st April
YSI Week is a national celebration of youth-led social innovation, which takes place annually in April. Each year, YSI invites teams to celebrate their work by hosting an event or activity in their school, youtreach centre, youth club or local community to showcase the work they are doing. YSI Week can also be used as an opportunity to bring together other young people or groups within the school or organisation to celebrate wider work carried out the area of social innovation and social justice. In 2023, YSI Week is taking place from 17th - 21st April.
Are you on our #YSIWeek 2023 Map?
Once you register your YSI Week Activity, your activity will appear on our dynamic map which we will update daily throughout the week!
How to get involved in YSI Week 2023
Plan an activity to take place during YSI Week (or as close as possible to 17th - 21st April 2023) which celebrates your team’s work.The scale of the activity is up to you. It can be as big or small as you want.
Register your YSI Week activity using this form and your event will appear on our daily #YSIWeek map!! The map will show all of the activities planned by YSI teams throughout Ireland.
Share your YSI Week activity on social media using the hashtag #YSIWeek and tagging @YSINow and we will help to amplify it as part of this national week of youth action for social good.
Don’t have a social media account? Email us an image of your YSI Week event along with a little bit of info to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share it for you!
If you are hosting an event as part of your YSI project such as a resource launch, a coffee morning, an awareness event, a fundraiser or a briefing session, why not host it during YSI Week?
Branded Resources to Support Your Activity
To help you plan, we’ve created some resources to help you on your way!!!
Simple ideas to inspire your #YSIweek activity
- Set up a noticeboard or information stand in your school to let people know about your project
- Run a poster competition based on the issue you are addressing
- Give a presentation to the principal / youth reach coordinator and staff about your project and what you have achieved this year
- Ask staff to screen your Speak Out video to all classes
- Run a social media campaign
- Brief your local political representative on your project
Frequently Asked Questions
#YSIweek is a national celebration of youth-led social innovation, created by Young Social Innovators to showcase the passion, talents and dedication of young people to changing the world for good
Every secondary school in Ireland who is participating in the Senior Action Programme and Junior Action Programme can take part and use the week to showcase and speak out about their social innovations. Use the opportunity to draw in other innovation projects that might be going on which are contributing to building a better, fairer and more caring world.
1- Register your event or activity with YSI via the online form sent to all YSI Guides OR email YSIweek@youngsocialinnovators.ie detailing the specifics of your event and your school name.
2 - Be innovative! Do something to celebrate youth social innovation during #YSIweek. You might like to do one or many things across the week; you might like to involve different groups. Whatever you decide, remember to give attention to the issues you care about and let people know your Big Idea for change and what actions you are/can take to make a difference.
By taking part in the week, you will draw attention to the ethos of the school and it empowers young people to build innovative and entrepreneurial skills which are being used for the benefit and wellbeing of all. YSI will provide a digital platform for you and will amplify your activities through social media. Taking part in #YSIweek as well as offering the YSI Action Programme at senior and junior levels, will qualify your school for the YSI School of Excellence Award. This is a prestigious award launched by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in 2014
YSI Guides and YSI teams should take the lead in organising activities during this week. You can draw in other groups and classes, staff and local groups too. The idea is to promote the important social innovation work being done by you and to gain other people’s attention and support for what you are doing.
No. Your #YSIweek activity is not connected to the awards selection process. It does, however, give you a chance to make your voice heard and your innovation to have more impact
No. Activities can vary in size and style - check out our website at www.youngsocialinnovators.ie/YSIweek for inspiration from past YSI teams; as well as printable resources. Your activities don’t need to be overly complicated or expensive and we hope that using the printable resources provided (posters, bunting, logos) will help make your activity cost effective
Absolutely! Why not come together and promote both of your issues at the same time? Alternatively, run a series of activities across the week in your school that incorporate the different themes of each team. You could join together with other schools in your community.