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Call for teens to be innovators

YOUNG people are being urged to drive change in Ireland through an ambitious programme, run by Young Social Innovators and the Vodafone Ireland Foundation.

THE move aims to double the number of participants in the YSI Social Innovation Programme. It is currently open to 15 to 18 year olds in Ireland, through schools and youth organisations.

It aims to empower young people and give them the skills and know how to examine social problems and come up with solutions to benefit people and communities.

Working in teams of five to 25, the teens choose a social issue they care about, work together to research the issue and come up with innovative ways to tackle it. The goal is to build a network of 100,000 young social innovators by 2015.

Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, Chairperson and co-founder, Young Social Innovators, said "Change is needed."

"Today, I am calling again on teachers and young people across Ireland and those working with them to get involved in Young Social Innovators and to make a positive impact on communities throughout Ireland."

Rachel Collier, CEO and co-founder, Young Social Innovators, said "Education for social innovation is about learning that each of us can positively shape society through the actions we take.

"The programme helps to harness young people's creativity and energy and gives them the skills, confidence and opportunities to take the lead on what is good for the future of Irish society."

The closing date for entries is September 30.