Transition Year Students in St. Pat’s – Social Innovators of the Future

Transition Year students at St. Patrick’s Secondary School, Castleisland showcasing examples of their community mapping workshop. Holding their aerial maps of Castleisland are from left: Marco Gomez, Paul Luka Mielke, Thomas Keane, Nathan Symth, Ciaran O’Connell, Miguel Prieto Agud and Con Sheehan.

Transition Year students in St. Patrick’s Secondary School have started on their journey to become social innovators of the future.

As part of their Community Care module TY students are completing a new programme called Young Social Innovators Ignite.

Young Social Innovator (YSI) is a programme that the school has engaged with a number of times before but the Ignite programme is running this year for the very first time.

Positive and Negative Issues

The programme encourages students to look at their local community and explore the positive and negative social issues of where they live and go to school.

The students learn about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how they can implement change in their locality through positive action.

As part of the Ignite programme students had an in-school workshop on September 19th hosted by YSI.

Here students were introduced to the concept of social issues and social innovation.

Community Mapping Exercise

During the workshop they embarked on the first phase of the Ignite programme which is ‘explore and create’ and completed a community mapping exercise which helped students to explore the town of Castleisland by drawing an aerial map of the town.

In the coming weeks students will be engaging with the ‘test and adapt’ and ‘act and reflect’ phases of the project.

“The project concludes in early December and will see students creating a positive action within the locality of Castleisland. This can be in the form of a public awareness campaign, local product or a local service,” explained teacher John Forrest.

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