Davis College becomes Centre of Social Innovators

Davis College has been selected to become a Centre of Social Innovators by Y.S.I. Ireland. Young Social Innovators asks students to identify a social issue and subsequently endeavour to tackle it. Davis College has been heavily involved in the programme for the last number of years with such varied projects as ‘Senior I.T.izens -Bridging the Digital Divide’, ‘Career Vision – the road to econo-mic recovery’ and most recently their project foc-using on the emotional topic of Missing Persons, which saw them scoop second prize nationally for their efforts. Y.S.I. is traditionally undertaken by the Transition Year cohort and the aforementioned Centre of Social Innovators means that the programme is not solely restricted to this group. The pilot programme commenced three years ago with seventeen post-primary schools partaking. This year Y.S.I. Ireland has invited three additional schools nationwide to bec-ome Centres of Innovators with Davis College being one of them. The Centre will see ten selected advocates from fifth year work closely with the first year cohort in an effort to promote the concepts of social justice and active citizenship. The Centre will be underpinned by the principles of empowerment, innovation, respect and human rights and will facilitate the all important process of experiential learning for the advocates.