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Senior Social Innovation Action Programme

Programmes & Initiatives

Senior Social Innovation Action Programme

 

 

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Age group: 15-18 years (Second level schools - Senior Level, Youthreach or youth organisations)
Duration: Academic year
ROI: TY, 5th years, LCA, LCVP & QQI
NI: Key Stage 4, Year 13, Learning for Life and Work (Local and Global Citizenship and Personal Development)
Cost: €15/£15 per student

Our programme engages students in social innovation learning and practice. 

Students work in teams, explore social issues that concern them and develop and implement creative responses and solutions to social need. Learning is youth-led and value-based, infused with an understanding of human rights, ethics and how innovation contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Certification is given to young social innovators on completion of the programme.

  • Project-based programme ideal for TY and LCA
  • Contributes to teacher CPD, whole school practice and self-evaluation including the Looking at Our School Framework
  • Easy-to-implement, action-based, student-led learning
  • Cultivates 21st century skills in students

The programme is facilitated by educators (YSI Guides) who offer encouragement, support, tools and advice to help teams reach their full potential. Over the course of the year, two regional in-service training sessions are offered to YSI Guides as well as the ongoing support and mentorship of our dedicated education team. Every team is invited to one of our exciting Speak Out events at which participants have the unique opportunity to advocate, present their innovations and ideas to other young innovators from their region, YSI Panels and invited guests.

If you are interested in taking part in this programme in 2018/19 click below!

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Daniel Mannion, YSI Guide
"My initial impression was that it seems to be very focused on the young people doing the work, it seemed to be them driving it, we were just stepping back and acting as a guide, obviously helping them along but it was their project and it focused on what they would like to achieve. I absolutely loved that approach."
Daniel Mannion, YSI Guide