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Young Social Innovators Annual Showcase 2015

6 May 2015, Citywest Hotel and Convention Centre, Saggart Co Dublin

The Department, through Social Inclusion Division has provided financial support to fund part of the Young Social Innovators programme in recent years, including sponsorship of the school poverty challenge "Making Our Country More Inclusive & Poverty Free"

Young Social Innovators was established in 2001 by Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy and Ms. Rachel Collier to raise social awareness among 15-18 year olds in Ireland so that they might become effective champions for social justice. Through its Social Innovation Programmes, YSI actively engages over 6,500 teenage participants from all of Ireland undertaking hundreds of projects each year. This is the largest active citizenship programme involving teenagers from all over the country.

These projects are showcased at an annual event, which provides an opportunity for these young people to show what work they have done over the past 12 months to change the world for good. The YSI Showcase for 2015 was recently held at Citywest Hotel on 6th May. The 2015 winners of the challenge “Making Our Country More Inclusive & Poverty Free” were:


Winner: Beara Community School, Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Project: Disability Accessibility

YSI Guide: Catriona Murphy

The winning team wanted to raise awareness about the accessibility of services for disabled people. Having discovered a lack of wheelchair spaces available for disabled drivers, they  created an app to help people find disabled parking spaces.


Students of Beara Community School, Castletownbere, Co. Cork receive their trophy for winning 2015 YSI School Poverty Challenge ““Making Our Country More Inclusive & Poverty Free” from Paul Kelly, Social Inclusion Division

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