YSI Den Invests

On Wednesday 10th February, three of our students from The Connected Four YSI group , Luke, Rachel & Eva, had the opportunity to represent the group and pitch their project to a panel of business and community people as part of the Young Social Innovators ‘Dragon’s Den’ via zoom. The 'Dragons' on the day were Paul Kelly from Unilever, Tim Bulter from Virgin Media and Mary Roche from Tusla. The students pitched their project and their ideas of creating a children's book of stories around the four conditions Autism, ADHD/ADD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia aimed at Junior Infants to 2nd class with the theme of diversity. This book is aimed to instil education at an early age and break down prejudice before it begins. The three students were absolutely fantastic and the ‘dragons’ were “blown away” by this project. The students received a cheque of €500 from the dragons to invest in their project, potentially focusing on their children’s book and content and explore how they will invest it in a way to develop the greatest impact, perhaps digitally and through social media. They also have been offered mentoring from Paul Kelly, marketing developer of Unilever, to guide them in the right direction with their book. The students are so delighted with this offer. “The passion, the knowledge, the energy that the students showed on the day left the dragons ‘gobsmacked’! I am so proud of each and every one of these students and the initiative they show, even throughout lockdown, is an inspiration to all” Ms. Lorraine Crowley, YSI Guide.

The Connected Four from Killarney Community College was the only school in Kerry to pitch to the dragons this year and one of 10 projects in Munster. WELL DONE to the eight students in the group

The Connected Four have very active social media accounts including Instagram, Facebook & TikTok that are highlighting facts, myths, statistics, their online survey results and the intense research the group have completed. These social media accounts are reaching a wide audience and helping to spread their message nationally and globally. Their email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A YouTube channel is also being set up by the group to voice people's experiences and knowledge from interviews they are currently doing remotely online. Please follow them for updates on their project.

“With a better understanding, the wall dividing between the people who have these conditions from the people who do not have these conditions can be broken down, bringing the stereotypes, fear and prejudice with it! Whether somebody may have one of the conditions mild, or severe, it is important we look out for all and make them feel included and heard".

"If no one said being different was a bad thing, discrimination would never have started. It’s time to celebrate differences” Luke O’ Sullivan

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