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Young Social Innovators to Showcase Why they are Best Placed to Overcome Ireland’s Social Problems

May 5, 2012

Young Social innovators (YSI) will hold its annual ‘Showcase’ event next Wednesday 9th of May in City West at 9am.

President Michael D. Higgins will arrive at the event at 2.40pm where he will be greeted by a number of YSI school students and St. Stanislaus Kennedy, Co Founder of YSI.  The President’s address will take place at 3.10pm in the main auditorium.

Throughout the month of March, Young Social Innovators (YSI) hosted regional ‘Speak Out’ events, where up to 5,000 young people presented creative solutions to the problems currently affecting communities throughout Ireland.  Sixty One projects were chosen to present at the Showcase next Wednesday, where some of the highlights included an app designed to assist Special Needs Assistants in the classroom, a safety device to help prevent children from getting caught in the cords of window blinds and a specially developed braille menu for use in restaurants.

The winners of this year’s YSI Showcase will be announced at 3.45pm. Ministers Phil Hogan, Frances Fitzgerald and Ciaran Cannon will be on hand to present the awards.

Speaking in advance of the event, Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, co-founder of YSI, said: “Young people deserve our immense respect for their ability to creatively deal with the problems presented to them by modern Irish society.

“Families all around the country are feeling the effects of the economic downturn. However it is our young people who consistently lift our spirits by challenging the status quo and coming up with ideas to turn problems into solutions.”

 

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