Largy College has been named Young Social Innovators of the Year 2017 for their project “Mend a Mind – It’s a Disorder Not a Decision”. Their project eliminated stigma surrounding mental illness and promoted positive mental health in the community. 456 youth led social innovation projects were created by over 7,000 young people all over Ireland this year in the YSI Programme. The awards ceremony, officially opened by Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney on 11th May, saw 800 young people gather to celebrate and be awarded for their achievements in tackling social issues within their communities. Eleven teams competed live at the event for the overall title-award.
The awards are judged by independent panels from the education, youth, statutory and corporate sectors and when choosing the overall title award the judges looked for a project which excelled in innovative thinking, social impact as well as recognising a team which has the passion and support to continue to further develop their social innovation.