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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


New Youth Mental Health Tool

Date for your diary - Tuesday 8th May. Our National Youth Health Programme is excited to be launching a new Youth Mental Health Signposting Tool next Tuesday. Keep an eye on your inbox and @nycinews for more!

Young people to take on robotics, electronics and the arts in major new nationwide initiative

We are very excited to be joining forces with Science Foundation Ireland and Techspace on the ambitious new ‘STEM in Youth Work' 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). Express your interest here >>
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 get in touch.

What's on offer?
Tailored one-day trainings for youth workers will be held across the country in 2017-18 to set you up with the skills, resources and confidence to incorporate Maker activities into your existing youth work practice. By the end of the training, you’ll be equipped to run Maker activities with young people, including activities such as 'Scribble Bots', 'Mono Amplifier' and 'Makey Makey' (and if you have no idea what these are - you will by the end of the training!).

RedC poll: 66% of young people support votes for Irish citizens abroad in Presidential elections

A new Red C poll commissioned by the NYCI has found that the extension of voting rights to citizens abroad for Presidential elections is supported by roughly two thirds of 18 to 29 year olds.  The NYCI is renewing calls on Government to follow through on its commitment to hold a referendum on the issue, by providing detail on the mechanisms required and setting a date for the referendum to take place during the lifetime of this administration... read more here >>

Transforming Shadows Seminar

An Irish- Lebanon exchange project with young people as change makers in conflict transformation. Date for your Diary - June 7th at Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission venue, Green Street, Dublin

Join NYCI to meet the team involved in our Irish-Lebanon exchange, the young people, our Lebanese partners Al-Jana and invited speakers. Hear about the key messages the Irish change makers want to share with other Irish young people about tackling conflict in their lives, see what the young people can offer as workshops or presentations in your youth centres, explore creative processes in conflict transformation, and reinvigorate your own youth work practice working with young people in conflict. Contact Anne for queries and pre-booking. No cost.



#SolidActivist: Residential Training Course

Ambassadors: the Heart of the No Hate Speech Movement

Applications are now open for young people (aged 17-25) to attend a Residential Training Course to upskill as Youth Ambassadors fighting hate speech, discrimination and advocating for human rights

Our target group is young people (17-25) from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland who have an interest and passion to advocate for equality, inclusion and human rights both online and offline; are committed to fight against discrimination (racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, islamophobia, disablism etc.) and are keen to become up-skilled Youth Ambassadors who will stay actively involved in No Hate Speech Movement Ireland and Human Rights Education

We especially want to involve young people from diverse backgrounds

There is no participation fee. Transportation, food, accommodation and all materials are covered by the EUROPEAN YOUTH FOUNDATION.

Find out more >>


Conquer Your Fear: Creative Digital Technology and Youth Work!

We are delighted to be teaming up with Techspace and Young Irish Filmmakers to bring you the NYCI Youth Arts Programme Summer School 2017 Conquer Your Fear: Creative Digital Technology and Youth Work!

This year we're bringing together youth workers, volunteers and youth arts practitioners in the beautiful surrounds of Kippure, County Wicklow, to look at new skills for delivering creative activities using new technologies – and the confidence to use them. No previous experience necessary!

Please note: places are limited and we are almost full. While early bird tickets have been snapped up, you can still get a €50 discount as a member. Book your place or find out more here>>


Young Voices - Youth Check

The young people from the Young Voices youth group are hosting the ‘Youth Check’ EU conference on May 23rd in Dublin city centre. The event brings together young people, political decision makers & international partners from the European Youth Forum, Austria, Belgium & France.

Young Voices is part of the EU Structured Dialogue process and it supports young people to have a say in politics and policy. ‘Youth Check’ is an impact assessment tool that aims to ensure that the impact on young people is considered at the early stages of any new policy or legislation, thereby preventing potential negative outcomes for children and young people in the future.


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

Irish Girl Guides represented at UN Commission on Status of Women

Irish Girl Guides’ Assistant Chief Commissioner, Jenna Goodwin, represented the voices of 10 million Girl Guides worldwide at the recent UN Commission on the Status of Women. She delivered a statement at an interactive expert panel on ‘Enhancing availability and use of data and gender statistics to support accelerated implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals’. Read more here.

BeLonGTo: IndividualiTy, Ireland's first Trans Youth Group

BeLonGTo celebrated the 10th anniversary of IndividualiTy, Ireland's first Trans Youth Group, with young people, parents, friends and allies on April 19th in which we launched our campaign. The campaign aims to improve the lives of transgender and non-binary young people in Ireland and throughout the world by raising awareness of what being transgender means and some of the barriers young transgender people face. Please click the link to see the five short videos and help raise TransVisibility by sharing:

IWA Teen Talks

New podcast now available: "We are a group of young people (with and without a disability) who attend the Irish Wheelchair Association youth clubs in Dublin, Ireland. We hope you like our thoughts and ramblings on the big bad world! Have a listen to our ideas around education,the meaning of life,relationships,what we'd say to God at the gates of heaven...and of course our favourite jokes. Happy listening :-) "

Ógras courses and events

Is Ógeagraíocht í Ógras a ritheann cláracha, campaí agus clubanna óige trí Ghaeilge ar fud na tíre. Bíonn clubanna Ógras ar siúil gach seachtain/coicís i rith bliain na scoile, chun spás sábháilte, spraíúil a chothú do dhaoine óga iad féin agus a chuid Gaeilge a fhorbairt, lasmuigh den scoil. Beidh Campaí Samhraidh ag Ógras, do pháistí 7-12 bliain d'aois, i mí Iúil 2016. Is deis iontach iad na Campaí freisin spraoi a bheith ag na daoine óga trí Ghaeilge, cairde nua a dhéanamh agus a bheith gníomhach i rith an tSamhraidh. Níos mó eolas faoi obair Ógras agus conas cur isteach ar na campaí ar an suíomh

Ógras is an Irish language Youth Organisation running Irish language programmes, clubs and Summer camps all over Ireland. Ógras clubs take place weekly/fortnightly  during the school year to provide the young people with a safe, fun space to use their Irish, and develop as people, outside of school. Ógras Summer camps, for children ages 7-12, will be run in July 2016. The camps are another brilliant opportunity for the young people to have fun through Irish, make new friends and keep active in the Summer. More information on Ógras's youth work and how to apply for camps on their website

Jen Coppinger elected as Chair of Youth Theatre Ireland

Speaking about her appointment, Jen said “I am thrilled and honoured to take over as Chairperson of Youth Theatre Ireland. Seán O'Brien has been an inspiring, innovative and excellent Chairperson and I have big shoes to fill. I look forward to what the next few years will bring to Youth Theatre Ireland and will delight in working with the talented, driven and ambitious Youth Theatre member's across our nation; forging relationships with the audiences and theatre makers of our future.” Read more

ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase and Ceremony

Over 700 young people from across Ireland and North Ireland will be honoured at the 18th annual ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards Showcase and Ceremony on May 23rd at the All Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin. The public is invited to visit the Mansion House for a colourful exhibition where the Young Environmentalists will showcase their ECO-Action project from 10am to 12.45pm. From 2pm to 5pm, Ireland's greenest teens will be announced and take home one of the prestigious prizes from 10 different categories in the Awards Ceremony. To find out more, access:

ECOUNESCO Green Skills course is accepting applications for upcoming courses. This 10 week training course aims to provide young people (18-25 years old) with the skills, experience and support they need to progress onto paid employment or education. The next Green Skills start on May 8th in Dublin and June 12th in Galway.

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

Traveller Pride Awards 2017

The Traveller Pride Awards 2017 take place on Thursday June 1st 2017 12.30 – 2.30pm Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1. The Awards, which celebrate the achievements and contributions Travellers make to their own community and to Irish society in the areas of Education, Music, Youth, Sport,  Arts/ Culture, Enterprise & Employment and Community will be hosted by  RTÉ presenter John Murray, with special guest Minister of State for Justice and Equality David Stanton TD. RSVP


LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy consultation

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) wants to hear from young people aged 15 to 24 in relation to how we can all make Ireland a better place for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex young people.

With this in mind, they're holding consultation sessions around the country.

  • For All Young People
    • Saturday May 6th Gibson Hotel, Dublin
  • For LGBTI+ Young People
    • Saturday May 13th Croke Park, Dublin
    • Thursday May 10th in Sligo
    • Tuesday May 16th in Galway
    • Wednesday May 17th in Waterford
    • Thursday May 18th in Dundalk
    • Saturday May 20th in Cork

Please feel free to share this with the young people and youth workers in your area. Youth Organisations should nominate young people to attend, by filling out this nomination form. All young people attending will need to fill out an assent form, and their parents to fill out a consent form.

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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