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Dear colleagues,

Welcome to this issue of Clár Na nÓg where you'll find the latest on our new Mental Health First Aid training, find out which of our members has had an exciting rebrand and get the lowdown on events, initiatives and further professional development opportunities from across the youth sector. Enjoy reading!


Upcoming Deadlines

Child Protection Awareness Programme April 24th

Mental Health First Aid April 27th

Is your organisation in NYCI Membership?

NYCI also provides specialist training in areas including Child Protection, Development Education, Equality & Interculturalism, Youth Arts and Youth Health. Find out more here >>

New Mental Health training

The Mental Health Needs Assessment carried out by the NYCI National Youth Health Programme (NYHP) identified the need to support youth workers develop a deeper understanding of different mental health issues and how they can present in youth services, with particular reference to self-harm and suicide.  This was felt to be important as young people are presenting with a range of diagnosis and staff are unsure of the nature of the diagnosis.  A deeper understanding would help them support the young person more effectively.

The NYHP is delighted to partner with Mental Health First Aid Ireland to deliver Mental Health First Aid training to meet this need.  Find out more or book your place here.

Vote at 16: disappointment as Seanad delays Bill to extend voting rights

Many thanks to the many of you that emailed, called and tweeted Senators in the build up to the debate on the Bill to extend voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds yesterday. As you know we have been campaigning for a change in the voting age for many years, so it was dissappointing to see the Seanad vote in favour of an amendment to delay consideration of the Bill until December 2017 - especially as losing nine months will make it very difficult for any change in legislation to be in effect in time for the 2019 Local and European Elections. While the timetable is now very difficult it is not impossible. We are very disappointed, but the campaign will continue. Full Story: Vote at 16: disappointment as Seanad delays Bill to extend voting rights


Resource of the month: Refugees, Migration and the Sustainable Development Goals

Migration was one of the pressing issues of last year and remains to the fore in 2017. With this in mind, NYCI created an educational resource to support educators to raise awareness and deepen knowledge about key issues relating to migration and refugees and linking these to the Sustainable Development Goals. There is a focus on Syria throughout the resource but the issues raised can apply to many other countries and personal experiences of those who have to leave their homes and possibly their countries in search of peace and security. Download your copy of Global Rights Noble Goals.


Coalition 2030 launches

Coalition 2030—an alliance of over 100 civil society organisations working in Ireland and across the developing world—have said that Ireland is in a unique position to play a leadership role in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. They were speaking at an event (1st March 2017) at the Mansion House in Dublin to mark the formal launch of the group. NYCI is proud to be part of the coalition. Youth organisations and young people have a particular role to play in ensuring the SDGs are achieved – for current and future generations, for people and for planet. For more information, see: If you are interested in learning more about Coalition2030 please contact  Valerie Duffy


Maker Project - bringing STEM skills to the youth sector

We are very excited to be teaming up with Techspace and Science Foundation Ireland on the ambitious new ‘Maker Project’. This major initiative will include training for the youth sector which aims to inspire thousands of young people across Ireland to make, create and invent with confidence and curiosity, and increase engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). We're lining up a big announcement on this programme very soon, so if you think you need to know more about all things digital, and would like to bring technology-enhanced activities spanning electronics, robotics and coding to music, arts and crafts into your youth work... watch this space!


Respect Words- Ethical Journalism against Hate Speech.

The No Hate Speech Campaign - a Council of Europe initiative coordinated in Ireland by the NYCI - is delighted to be presenting at one of the seminars below, and would encourage those interested in the issue to attend.

On April 4th, 10th and 11th Near FM is hosting a series of seminars as part of the EU project Respect Words- Ethical Journalism against Hate Speech.Predominantly aimed at journalists and media activists, it takes place in Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin 1.

The seminar will look at ethics, codes and regulations and the responsibilities of traditional and online media in the context of hate speech. The seminar will ask what challenges and opportunities there are with regards to terminology, stereotyping and representation of ethnic and religious minority groups in media reports.Full Story: Respect Words- Ethical Journalism against Hate Speech.

Young Voices 2017!

Great event in the Gresham! 131 young people from all corners of Ireland gathered in the Gresham on Thursday 23rd of February. They were joined by expert allies from a range of areas and agencies to discuss the recommendations from Structured Dialogue Cycle V. The day was filled with energy, enthusiasm and a universal commitment to striving for positive change. Find out more and read the full report here.

Web safety in youthwork

This training equips youth leaders to engage with young people’s online life and to promote online safety. To request an in-house half-day training for your organisation contact Full Story: Web safety in youthwork

Member's News

Introducing Youth Theatre Ireland

Congratulations to our member organisation previously know as NAYD - they have undergone an exciting rebrand. On February 15th, friends, supporters and members of the organisation came together to formally launch Youth Theatre Ireland. This was just one of 17 events that took place around the country to mark the moment as youth theatres opened their doors for the first ever Youth Theatre Ireland Open Week. Read more


New free in-house counselling service from BeLonG To

Do you know about the new free in-house counselling service for young LGBT+ people that is running every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at BeLonG To's offices on Parliament St, Dublin 2? We know from research and frontline experience that LGBT+ young people are at a much higher risk of suicide and self-harm for many reasons including stigma, fear of rejection, exclusion, and bullying. BeLonG To and Pieta House are working together to provide a much needed service for LGBT+ young people, aged 14-24, who are experiencing suicide ideation or self-harm issues. Please share this information with anyone you know who might benefit from the service. They can call 01 6235606 to book an appointment.


Voluntary Service International (VSI)

Voluntary Service International (VSI) is the Irish branch of Service Civil International, a worldwide peace movement that began in 1920. We work to promote peace, social justice, sustainable development and intercultural understanding through volunteering abroad and in Ireland. Benefits of volunteering for young people include personal development, informal learning, enhanced employability and increased active citizenship. VSI Volunteering opportunities for young people: Voluntary Service International (VSI)


Entry now open for the National Youth Citizenship Awards

Youth groups of all sizes across the land are invited to take part in the National Youth Citizenship Awards, organised by Foróige, in proud partnership with Aldi. Do you know or belong to a youth group that has made a positive difference in your area? If the answer is yes, then don't miss the opportunity to be part of Ireland's largest celebration of youth in the community! Full Story: Entry now open for the National Youth Citizenship Awards


Traveller Pride Awards 2017

The 2017 Traveller Pride Awards will take place on Thursday 1st June in the Pillar Room in Dublin. Once again, its that time of year where the awards ask Traveller organisations, families and friends to consider nominating individuals and groups for a Traveller Pride Award. This year you can nominate online here Full Story: Traveller Pride Awards 2017


Young Environmentalist Awards Leinster ECO-Dens

Young people from Leinster are facing the judges in the Young Environmentalist Awards Leinster ECO-Den from the 28th to 30th of March at Europe House, Dublin. Almost seventy groups will battle it out at the semi-final stage of the competition. Young people, from schools and youth groups, will present their environmental projects to an expert panel of judges find out more on


Survey of young people's attitudes to equality

Youth Work Ireland are conducting a survey of young people's attitudes to equality in 2017. You'll find details here … They're looking to get this out to as many young people as possible, so please complete or share.


The Irish Youth Music Awards Returns To The Aviva Stadium on 22 April 2017

Youth Work Ireland's Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) marks its ten-year anniversary this year returning to the Aviva Stadium for its all ages National Day festival on Saturday April 22, 2017. The National Day will see young musicians aged 12 to 19 from across the country representing their community and performing across two stages throughout the day. Full Story: The Irish Youth Music Awards Returns To The Aviva Stadium on 22 April 2017


An Oige and Gaisce team up for Adventure Challenge

An Óige have announced that they will be the new Gaisce Adventure Challenge Partner in Wicklow this week. The new partnership will bring young people on mountain treks across the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains in future. For 20 years, An Óige volunteers have been leading free hikes for young people from their hostels. The volunteers will now provide the same for groups of young people who attempt the popular Bronze Gaisce Award. Find out more >>


Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards - register now

Recognising the amazing work of young people in the community, the Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards will take place in City West Hotel, Conference and Event Centre, Saggart, Dublin on 29th April 2017. Registration is now open - find out more!

Youth Sector News


Mary Robinson Foundation Climate Justice Award

If you are leading a climate justice project within your community or organisation you can apply for the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice Award today for the chance to win: A £5,000 grant to support or launch your project and a fully sponsored delegate place to attend the One Young World Summit 2017 in Bogotá. During the Summit you will appear alongside Mary Robinson to present your initiative to the world’s media and 1,300 fellow change makers from 196 countries. Find out more.

New HSE 'Ask About Alcohol' website

This is the first HSE website that provides dedicated information about alcohol risk and offers support and guidance to anyone who wants to cut back on their drinking. It includes a 'Drinks Calculator' and lots of information on how alcohol affects us.


St Patrick’s Mental Health Services have launched their new digital campaign #StillJustMe on


X-HALE - Irish Cancer Society competition for youth organisations

Calling All Youth Organisations! Would your youth organisation, project, club, service or centre be interested in tackling issues around young people and tobacco? X-HALE is an Irish Cancer Society initiative that aims to prevent young people from smoking through educating and empowering young people, youth leaders and educators. Since 2011, they have supported over 180 youth organisations to take part in X-HALE.  For more information, please click on the links here: X-HALE - Irish Cancer Society competition for youth organisations


WE CAN! Taking action against hate speech

The new Council of Europe manual WE CAN! Taking action against hate speech through counter and alternative narratives launched last month presents communicative and educational approaches and tools for youth and other human rights activists to develop their own counter and alternative narratives to hate speech. It is designed for working with young people from the age of 13. Based on the principles of human rights education and youth participation, We CAN! complements the manual Bookmarks. NYCI coordinates the No Hate Speech movement in Ireland

Eisenhower Fellowships - open for application

Eisenhower Fellowships Ireland have partnered with the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) to choose two young people to be part of a global youth network. This is a unique opportunity for two young people (18-25 years) from Ireland or Northern Ireland to be chosen as a Youth Leader with a scholarship to travel to Malaga, Spain for a Global Leadership Conference from 14-17 September 2017.  Applications need to be sent to the NYCI via before 12 noon on Monday 8th May. Find out more >>

Specialist Certificate in Youth Health Promotion 2017/2018

The NYCI National Youth Health Programme is now accepting expressions of interest for the Specialist Certificate in Youth Health Promotion 2017/2018 run in conjunction with NUI Galway. Please email for an application form, detailing your name and the organisation you represent. Find out more >>

Closing date for applications is Friday, June 16th 2017.

Member's News

Youth Theatre Ireland National Festival 2017: Be part of it.

05 - 09 July, Kilkenny.
Make sure your youth theatre doesn't miss out on the biggest gathering of youth theatres in Ireland this year! Youth Theatre Ireland are looking for groups to express their interest in attending this year's National Festival of Youth Theatres. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 26 April. Read more here >> 


Youth Sector News

New Frontiers: Arts Participation Amongst Young Refugees & Asylum Seekers

31st May, TARA, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, 10am - 4pm. Speakers at the symposium include: Laura Hassler (Musicians Without Borders), Prof Helen Phelan (UL), Dr Charlotte McIvor (NUI Galway), Seán Love (Fighting Words), Dr Rachel Hoare (TCD), Tadhg Crowley (The Glucksman Gallery) and Dr Ailbhe Kenny (MIC). Find out more >>

Activist Summer Camp 2017

Glencree, Co. Wicklow, Saturday & Sunday,17/18 June 2017. The aim of the Camp in 2017 is to build bridges and connections because we know that the experience of one can be of help to the other. Are you embedded activists/artists who are working deeply with the ecologies of people and place to shape new inter-connectivity. Find out more >>

Youth EuroMed Literary Contest: Youths, Stereotypes and Radicalisation

Are you aged between 18-30 years old? Are you from a Euro-Mediterranean country? Write a short story in English, French, Arabic or any of the languages of the 43 EuroMed countries... and COME TO BARCELONA! Find out more >>


Dochas Conference

Dochas, the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations, is hosting a conference entitled “Reclaiming the Story” - opportunities to amplify the voices for equality, solidarity and respect on Friday, May 12th from 2—5.30pm. Keynote speaker is Kumi Naidoo, Director, Africans Rising and former International Director of Greenpeace. You can find out more and get your ticket here >>


Got The Bottle

#GotTheBottle is targeting young people across Ireland in an effort to reduce the waste caused by single-use disposable plastic bottles. Young people from Ossory Youth, Kilkenny, Youth Work Ireland Galway, Foróige Cork and ECO-UNESCO, Dublin are involved in the campaign. For more info, check out:

The EU, its Parliament and the fight against poverty

As the EU celebrates its 60th birthday, the European Anti-Poverty Network Ireland are hosting regional workshops to give you a chance to discuss questions like: How does Europe decide social policies? What difference does this make to people affected by poverty? How can we influence European policy? Why is the EU in crisis? and more. See details and regional dates here >>



Communities Facilities Capital Scheme 2017

Community groups in disadvantaged urban and rural areas can apply for funding under the Communities Facilities Scheme.This new scheme will run initially from July 2017-December 2017 and is focused on providing small-scale (max €1,000) capital grants to help grass roots community projects get underway or take the next step towards completion. This grant is offered by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. Deadline is 30 June. Find out more >> 

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