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Young Social Innovators (YSI)

Young Social Innovators are inviting schools to take part in their Social Innovation ACTION Programme for 2013-14.

Since 2001, more than 40,000 young people have participated in YSI’s Social Innovation Programme, which encourages young people to choose a social issue they feel passionately about, research it and take innovative action to benefit their communities.

The programme is suitable for all academic abilities and allows participants to take ownership of their YSI project. With the help and support of a teacher, YSI teams gain life and academic skills, while also engaging in civic action in a meaningful way in their local community.

YSI promotes self–directed youth led learning where the young people choose their social issue and contribute to developing engaged, responsible, informed and skilled citizens.

YSI provides a number of supports and resources for all participants. Supports include:

  • Half day In-service training workshops are offered to YSI teachers in September and January
  • Resources such as a Young Social Innovator’s workbook (revised), support documents and active learning methods
  • YSI’s Education Team is available to offer support and information
  • YSI’s website provides active learning methods, a resource library and an administrative area for the programme
  • Regional and national events - teams have an opportunity to inform their peers about their YSI projects at regional Speak Outs and at the Annual Showcase
  • Teams can choose to apply to the YSI Den which offers projects funds to increase projects’ sustainability and impact
  • Certification of young people and Guides

Young Social Innovators is a registered charity.

YSI Brochures

Social Innovation Action Programme

YSI Programmes Brochure