Abbey Vocational School
Donegal Town

Young Social Innovators

Young Social Innovators

Young Social Innovators

Young Social Innovators is a nationwide competition for secondary school students that challenges young people to have a positive impact on their community.

The purpose of YSI initiative is for young people to realise that you can be a powerful catalyst for social change when you are given the opportunity and support to do so.

Keeping Up With Reality – TYD 2020

TYD’s YSI project was called Keeping Up With Reality and they won the YSI award for outstanding achievement in social and digital media. Their project focused on the impact of social media and reality TV on the lives of young people. They ran a social media campaign of getting influencers to upload unfiltered selfies of themselves to their Instagram page to show that it’s okay to be yourself and that you should be happy in your own body. Over 200 celebrities and influencers got involved in their campaign and it received National coverage. An article was written by FamilyFriendlyHQ and one of our students got to speak on the Ray D’Arcy show as well as Louise Tigue’s show on Dublin’s 104fm and iRadio.

Undoubtedly, their online campaign has made a positive difference to the lives of young people as it proves that what we see online isn’t always the truth and that they do not need to live up to unrealistic expectations. They originally came up with the idea of our project as they felt there was a lot of falseness associated with some reality shows and posts on social media that we sometimes struggle to understand what is real and what is fake. Their campaign has helped to make young people aware of this issue and how to combat it.

Aug 25
Staff Inservice Day
Aug 26
First years commence school (half day)
Aug 27
First years full day at school
Aug 30
6th & 3rd Years return to school
The Glebe, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal, F94A409.
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