Young Social Innovators (YSI)
AbbVie has, since its launch in 2013, partnered with Young Social Innovators (YSI) to run a series of school-based Social Innovation Workshops across Ireland. These specially designed events challenge teenagers to consider harnessing their unique creative potential to play an active role in addressing societal issues that affect them and their peers.
In 2015 AbbVie began a new initiative with YSI called the AbbVie Experience Day, which gave employees the chance to interact with students from our local community at our own offices and manufacturing sites across the country.
A number of schools from across Dublin, Cork and Sligo visited our workplaces and interacted with employees from a wide range of professional backgrounds. This exercise provided participating students with great insight into the work we do at AbbVie and also encourages them to consider STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines as leaving certificate, university and career options.
Since 2014, more than 150 volunteers have assisted 63 innovation workshops and Exchange Days to 1,500 students at 35 schools in Cork, Dublin and Sligo.
In 2017, AbbVie partnered with YSI to develop a unique STEM and Social Innovation award. The award recognises young people who have used STEM to solve social issues in their community.
Beara Community School, Beara, Co Cork are the recipients of the 2018 AbbVie-sponsored award. This is the second consecutive year the Cork school has won the accolade.
The Cork community school were presented with the AbbVie-sponsored trophy at a recent event in the Croke Park Convention Centre by Seán Kyne, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
As part of their YSI project, Why so Few?, the students from Beara Community School sought to understand the reason for gender imbalance in STEM and aimed to encourage more girls to choose STEM subjects in school. They engaged with industry professionals and organisations to create a campaign around the empowerment of young women STEM role models through hosted events and a dedicated local information campaign.