Young Social Innovators, get your applications in

Published 01/10/2013 | 05:38

Participants in the Young Social Innovators programme at Gorey Community School: Lauren Germiane, Aoife Crowe, Micheál Ó Scannáil, Jenna Campbell, Rachel Duke and Sarah Quinlan

APPLICATIONS are being called for from schools and youth organisations across Co. Wexford for Young Social Innovators Action Programme 2013-14.

The project-based programme, which is supported by the Vodafone Ireland Foundation, gives 15- to 18-year-olds opportunity to examine social problems in their communities and bring about the changes they wish to see.

More than 5,500 young people participated in the Young Social Innovators 2012-13 programme.

Between them they undertook some 350 projects aimed at finding and implementing solutions to a range of social issues that included youth literacy, youth facilities, farm safety and continuing education for teenage parents.

Projects from three Wexford Schools were among the 60 shortlisted for the annual YSI showcase and awards last May.

They were the Loreto Secondary in Wexford, St Mary's Secondary School, Irishtown, New Ross and Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School, Rosbercon, which won the bronze award for its project entitled 'Study buddies'

Rachel Collier, co-founder and chief executive of Young Social Innovators, said: 'Young Social Innovators has given more than 50,000 teenagers a chance to make a change to society. We have another 200,000 potential young social innovators aged from 15 to 18 in Ireland. To reach all young people, we are introducing a range of social innovation programmes for schools and youth organisations.'

'Young people need to play a vital role in shaping the future of society. The Action programme engages them directly and deeply in issues that matter to them, giving them the opportunity, confidence and practical tools to make a real and lasting difference to their lives and those around them.'

Full details can be found at www.youngsocialinnovators.org.

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