Young people show how society can be made better with imaginative solutions.
Young Social Innovators (YSI) the organisation which promotes social awareness education for 15-16 year olds was set up by Rachel Collier and Sister Stanislaus Kennedy in 2001. The project aims to engage teenagers in social issues and encourage them to carry out social service in their communities, in the knowledge that they can do something positive to bring about change.
Approximately 2,000 students from 74 schools across Ireland were in the City West Hotel in Dublin to put over 120 projects on display.
One group from St Louis High School, Rathmines looked at the issue of children who are in danger in developing countries, specifically in the areas of child labour, child prostitution and child soldiers. During their research it emerged that,
The key to solving child labour was in education.
Their religion teacher helped them to make contact with a school for slum children in India, and they then raised funds to support its work.
A group of Kilkenny teenagers from from Coláiste Pobail Osraí discovered what it's like for a young person to live with a disability in their community.
With the support of the Irish Wheelchair Association they each spent one day in a wheelchair and found out that Kilkenny City is far from wheelchair-friendly.
Cuilleann Ní Icí tells News2day that they are hopeful for change, as a local County Councillor will soon present a proposal to Kilkenny County Council for,
The re-assessment of all the buildings in Kilkenny City, so that it can be accessible for all the people in wheelchairs.
Challenging negative portrayals of sportspeople and celebrities in the media was the focus of Midleton CBS (Christian Brothers School). They tried to influence the media to portray famous people in a more positive light. Mark Scully cites footballer Roy Keane, a supporter of Irish Guide Dogs as one such example,
We should show these people more often.
A News2day report broadcast on 12 May 2005. The reporter is Brian Finn.