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Celebrating 50 years of NYCI

We would like to say thank you to all of you who have contributed to the rich history of NYCI over the past 50 years. At a recent event to celebrate our 50th anniversary, NYCI launched ‘50 Voices' an oral history of NYCI. Through fifty interviews with persons involved in NYCI over the past five decades it provides an engaging, insightful and at times humorous snapshot of the history of the organisation and highlights the many changes that the organisation, the sector and society as a whole have undergone in that time. You can get your copy of the book here and we hope you enjoy the publication and the memories it evokes.

You'll find images from the launch event, featuring some of you that have been involved with NYCI over the past 50 years of our shared history, which you can view and share here: on Twitter, Facebook and Google.

We're looking forward to working with you over the next 50 years, continuing to help ensure that youth work changes lives and that youth issues are to the fore!

Young Men's Health in the Youth Work Sector

Throughout the year, the NYCI National Youth Health Programme works closely with the Men’s Health Forum to promote and highlight Men’s Health. Men’s Health week will run from June 11th to 17th, this year. It aims to promote a holistic approach to men’s health and wellbeing, not focusing exclusively on their physical health but also on their mental, spiritual, emotional and sexual health.
This year we want to hear from you and your men. What are the issues affecting the young men in your organisation today? How can we help?

The short survey will take approximately 3 minutes to complete and so we would encourage you to take this opportunity to highlight the issues that are important for you and the young men in your organisation, to help us support you and the youth work sector.

‘Making Links’ regionally based seminars

NYCI have kicked off a new ‘Making Links’ project, with thanks to funding from IHREC.

Making Links is for anyone in Ireland who is running a minority ethnic youth group already or who has advanced plans to run a minority ethnic youth group. It is open to faith based, community based and issue based youth groups.

We plan to run regionally based seminars to share practice and to determine training needs. Training will be developed and provided based on group leader’s needs. It can range from understanding youth work and how to work with groups, to registering your youth group and meeting Governance and Financial procedures.

Specifically we want to support youth leaders to identify training needs and also to have an opportunity to network with people working in a similar way across the country. This project follows on from Make Minority a Priority which we launched in 2017 and which recommends new ways for youth organisations to work with young people from minority ethnic backgrounds.

How can we best help you?

We are asking you to complete a short survey so that we can ensure that Making Links meets needs, both in terms of issues and geography.   We’d really appreciate your support in spreading the word on this:

Email or with any queries

Learning meeting about STEM in youth work

 On 1st March 2018 (10.00 - 1.00), in Dublin City Centre we are holding a meeting for youth sector leaders and managers with staff and volunteer development responsibilities, to:
  • Discuss current issues around the use of STEM and digital and social media as part of youth work methodologies
  • Discuss the supports youth sector leaders need to develop their staff and volunteers’ knowledge, skills and competencies to use STEM within their youth work.
  • Provide an opportunity for networking and sharing of organisational practice around STEM in youth work.
Only a limited number of spaces remaining. To express your interest contact
In 2017, we trained 150 youth workers from 45 youth organisations/branches of organisations to develop their youth work practice to include STEM. We made grants available to these youth workers so that they could buy and use STEM equipment within their work. We continue to support youth workers who have taken part in our training as they go on to develop their STEM in youth work practice.

Child Safeguarding Statement - deadline 11th March

The NYCI National Child Protection programme has issued a reminder to all relevant services that they must produce their Child Safeguarding Statement before 11th of March 2017. See Tusla’s Guidance on 'Developing a Child Safeguarding Statement’ here:

Member's News

ISSU Annual Assembly

The Irish Second-Level Students' Union is holding their Annual Assembly on the 29th of March from 10-4PM at the Liberty Hall in Dublin.
Represent your student council at the Irish Second-Level Students' Union Annual Assembly 2018!
The largest statutory meeting in the ISSU calendar will include national elections to our Student Executive Board, union policy, constitutional amendments, and annual reports.
There'll also be a forum for debate and discussion around student councils and student rights in Ireland, as well as student representation and political influence. For more information visit or check out our social media pages.


Vacancy: Director – World Scout Moot 2021

The World Scout Moot is an official event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).  It is specifically designed for young people aged between 18 and 25 years inclusive, from National Scout Organizations that are members of WOSM.  The World Scout Moot is held every four years and is each time organized by a National Scout Organization appointed by the World Scout Conference, under the supervision of the World Scout Committee and with the support of the World Scout Committee and the World Scout Bureau.  The 16th World Scout Moot in 2021 is being hosted and organized by Scouting Ireland.

Find out more here.

Green Youth Employability programmes

ECO-UNESCO is excited to announce the next phase of its highly anticipated Green Youth Employability programmes, beginning on April 23rd 2018. The Green Youth Employability Program is free and offers a valuable accreditation, work placement and many transferable skills for young people. Registration is now open for young people aged between 18-26 years to take part this 10 week course which will be held at ECO-UNESCO’s headquarters at 9 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2.

For more information and a booking form please contact Triona on or visit our website. (insert hyperlink:

Talk About Youth Project, Pearse Street

The Talk About Youth Project in Pearse Street in Dublin 2, has a long tradition of organising International Exchange programmes, for the under 18 years , age cohort and more recently,  the over 18 year age group.

In 2018, 54 young people, under the age of 18, from here, will take part in Exchanges in Finland, Norway, Wales and Liverpool, linking in with groups from Finland, Norway, Siberia, Croatia, Italy, Turkey, England and Wales. All of these programmes have a specific theme, including, Human Rights, Hearing Young People’s Voices, Cultural Identity, Heritage and Health Promotion. 

The over 18’s are involved in Erasmus + Key Action 1 and 2 projects. One is called Impact + and involves 5 young people researching the impact of Exchange programmes on young people, youth work and their local community, another is a peer led, human rights education programme , looking in particular at LGBT+ rights while the final one looks at “Cities of today - Gentrification”, with  a total of 6 young people participating. Countries involved, include Slovenia, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Lithuania, Romania and Portugal.

Housing Crisis discussion

Join Labour Youth on the 28th February in Boole 6, UCC to talk about the Housing Crisis, its implications for young people and what we, as activists, can do to alleviate it.  You will hear from expert campaigners from USI, Cork Simon Community, One Cork and OPATSI.  Find out more here

Irish Girl Guides launch engineering badges in partnership with Engineers Ireland

Irish Girl Guides has launched two new engineering badges – one for Brownies (age 7-10) and one for Guides (age 10-14). It is hoped that by working on the badges, which have been developed in partnership with Engineers Ireland, girls will be enthused to pursue STEM subjects and careers. See here to find out more.

Youth Sector News

Drop-In - Training Course | Latvia

This training course (TC) aims to enhance the capacity of teachers and youth workers in supporting learning process, social inclusion, empowerment and motivation of potential school drop-outs. it takes place from 22-27 May 2018 in Latvia. For more see here.

BlueFire Fellowship

The BlueFire Fellowship is a social leadership, action based, learning
programme for 18 – 30 year olds; providing an opportunity for young
adults to unleash their leadership and changemaker ability.
Throughout this 9 month programme, participants will collaborate
together to develop upon existing skills & build new ones; increase
awareness of global and local challenges; explore their role as social
innovators; and become meaningful changemakers.
For more information visit, view highlights from
2016’s annual festival here, or join them on Thursday 15th March @6.15pm.

To learn more, visit:

The Wheel: applications for the 2018 - 2019 Training Links programme now open.

The Training Links programme offers funding opportunities to groups of organisations that chose to come together and work collaboratively to address their shared training needs as a Training Network.


For the 2018 - 2019 programme, it is anticipated that between 10 -15 networks will be chosen and will receive grants of between €5,000 (minimum) and €25,000 (maximum) each.

Funding comes from the National Training Fund and is available over the period of the programme to develop and implement strategic, innovative and cost-effective training and development solutions for its members, which they would be not be in a position to undertake as effectively on their own.

In addition to the provision of substantial financial subsidies to the Training Networks - directed at training provision - this programme provides much-needed opportunities for sectoral co-operation and shared learning.


With one Lead Organisation at the helm, all proposed members of each Training Network must be independently run and governed community and voluntary organisations based on the island of Ireland.

A minimum of ten organisations in total must be involved in the network. Each network requires a Network Committee, to help steer the training focus, and must also identify a suitable person to coordinate network training activity.

Application Process

The first step for anyone interested in applying to the programme is to download the full application pack.

This document will provide you with completed guidelines, eligibility considerations and details for making your application.

Completed application forms must be submitted to before 5pm on Tuesday, 10 April 2018.

For further information and support, please contact Bridie Corrigan Matthews:

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