Young Social Innovators 2010

At the recent YSI showcase held in Croke Park on Wednesday May 5th once again students from our CEIST schools showed their enthusiasm and commitment to addressing issues of social justice and their belief that each of us can make a difference in our world.

This year 46 CEIST schools entered YSI with a total of 118 projects between them. Each project team was invited to present their Project at a one of six regional “Speak Outs” in March, and 20 CEIST schools were selected to participate in the YSI Showcase in Croke Park.

Congratulations to ALL the project teams who participated in YSI 2010. Well done!

And special congratulations go to the following teams:

Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee, (pictured below) who won the Silver Award with their project “Emotion Promotion".










St. Mary’s Secondary School New Ross (pictured below) who won the Bronze Award for their project “It’s Only Fair”.










Mercy College Model Farm Road, Cork, who won the award for “Making our Community Better” with their project, “Sex Trafficking – It Is Happening”;

Mercy Heights Secondary School, Skibbereen, who won the award for “Making our World Greener” with their project “Caught Green Handed”

Scoil Dara Kilcock who won the “YSI Fun Raising Award”.

Congratulations also to the students and teachers from Árd Scoil na Tríonóide, Athy, (Paint Busters), St. Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow (“Penny Wise”) and Presentation Secondary School Tuam (“Broom & Bloom for Tuam”) whose projects were featured on Nationwide, and to all those students from CEIST schools who were featured in the programme. Click here to view the YSI website.

It is wonderful to see so many of our CEIST schools being involved in such projects. Sincere thanks and congratulations to the teachers without whose dedication and commitment such enterprising initiatives could not be undertaken, nor excellence achieved. Involvement in projects which identify and highlight issues of justice are a tremendous example of the ways in which the CEIST Charter is being lived in our schools every day.









Pictured above students from Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Blarney, Co. Cork celebrate after being named Young Social Innovators of 2010 for their project the Mill Youth Cafe.

Thanks also to Rachel Collier and her team for their dedication in encouraging so many young people to participate in YSI, and to develop, in the words of Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy on Nationwide, their “passion for justice, fairness and for what is right”.

Click here to view Young Social Innovators on RTE's Nationwide.