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Áras an Uachtaráin Garden Party

In June, NYCI was honoured to be asked by Áras an Uachtaráin to invite over 400 young people from our membership to attend a garden party hosted by President and Sabina Higgins. By hosting the event, President Higgins wanted to pay tribute to the young people of Ireland and to the work of youth organisations around the country. The President invited the Young Irish Film Makers to document the day. This is the fantastic video they produced:

Youth UP! Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship event

We were delighted to host an event on sustainable development and global citizenship  with the European Youth Forum with the support of the Communicating Europe initiative last June. It brought young people, policy makers, youth organisations, youth workers, development and environment organisations, and interested others together as part of a debate series with youth organisations from across Europe to facilitate debate among young people on issues relating to the future of Europe. The aim is to co-create a concrete set of policy solutions to be presented to candidates for the European Elections in 2019.

World’s First LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy launched

NYCI were proud members of the oversight group of the world's first LGBTI+ youth strategy launched at the end of June, and it was fantastic to see the involvement of NYCI members in informing the strategy. The LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy 2018-2020 was launched by Dr Katherine Zappone, TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Read more >>

Digital Youth Work

We're delighted to see Youth Work Tipperary highlighted in an EU project on digital youth work we are involved in. Six good practices on digital youth work in video format have been published on the project's new website - and more will follow in September!

Recognising health promoting youth organisations

Our Health Promotion team were delighted to award the Health Quality Mark to Youth Work Ireland Tipperary and  Youth Work Ireland North Connaught at events held recently in recognition of their work on health promotion for young people. Their great work supports the national Healthy Ireland campaign, which is about increasing our focus on prevention and supporting young people to improve their own health and wellbeing.

Ireland’s Youth Delegates to address United Nations High-Level Political Forum

Ireland’s youth delegates to the UN, Lauren Flanagan (24) from Manor Kilbride, County Wicklow and Paul Dockery (22) from Dromod in County Leitrim have been chosen to address Ireland's first Voluntary National Review (VNR) on July 17th. The VNR considers Ireland's performance against each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - goals for a better world that world leaders at the UN agreed to achieve by 2030. Follow @nycinews for updates!

Resource of the month: 2 photography workshops

Summer projects are underway across the country during the long sunny days of this record-breaking summer! As we take advantage of working outdoors during this beautiful weather, you might like to try this month’s online resource: a duo of photography workshops to undertake with young people – one using cameras and one without.

Your Youth Arts training needs

Tell us about your training needs: take this short survey now to help us further develop Youth Arts training provision for youth work service managers, youth workers and volunteers.

Understanding Young People and Pornography

Sexual health and pornography are important areas to investigate as anecdotal evidence indicates that pornography is impacting young people in today's society.  In light of this, the National Youth Health Programme wishes to gain a deeper understanding of the sexual health needs of young people. The results of this consultation will help inform the work of the National Youth Health Programme.To have your say, please follow the link below to complete the survey:

Member's News

Irish Association of Youth Orchestras - concerts coming up

The Irish Youth Baroque Orchestra will host their summer finale concert series in two iconic venues this July – Castletown House, Celbridge, County Kildare on Friday 20 July at 4pm and St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin on Saturday 21 July at 5pm.

The Irish Youth Wind Ensemble are bringing their national tour to St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway on Sunday, July at 6.30pm and to CIT Cork School of Music on Monday 30 July at 6,30pm.

The Esker Festival Orchestra embarks on its 5th annual festival and national tour between 6 – 12 August and will bring performances to Emily Anderson Concert Hall, NUI Galway on Friday, 10 August at 8pm, to CIT Cork School of Music on Saturday, 11 August at 5pm, and to St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 on Sunday 12 August at 5pm.

Irish Girl Guides invent sustainable water solutions using Lego!

Two hundred Brownies (Irish Girl Guides members aged 7-10) came up with sustainable water solutions using Lego, which they showcased at an expo in Dublin City University. A partnership with LearnIT Lego, DCU and Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish Girl Guides Innovatively Engaging with STEM project saw girls spend five weeks working in teams researching the issue of water sustainability and exploring innovative ways to conserve water. Read more here.

A Year in the Life of Young Social Innovators’

Check out ‘A Year in the Life of Young Social Innovators’ and learn about how young people all over Ireland are changing the world around them. A Year in the Life is a year in the life of 7,941 young people, 331 educators and 231 school and Youthreach programmes in Ireland. It is a testament to the time and commitment that they have dedicated to building fairer, more equal and inclusive communities – click here to learn more.

ECO-UNESCO's Youth Group Win International Prize

Young People from ECO-UNESCO's 'Youth for Sustainable Development' Programme Win All-Expenses Paid Trip to EU Parliament.There were scenes of celebration in Ballymun’s Rediscovery Centre as it was announced that participants from ECO-UNESCO’s YSD. Programme had won not just the Irish EcoStep Design Competition, but the Overall International Competition too. Read more here>>

Football and inclusion in the UK: Funded 12 month volunteer project with VSI!

This is an EU-funded European Voluntary Service project starting in October. It’s open to young people from 18 to 30. During the project you will receive free accommodation, food, insurance and monthly ‘pocket money’. The only thing you might have to pay is a very small part of your travel costs. More info here.

Short term volunteering (2 weeks) opportunities with VSI are also available:

Killarney National Park in August (more info here) and Glebe House Peace Centre Northern Ireland in September (more info here).

If you want to find out more, please contact Mateja: or give us a ring 01 855 1011 workshops

Sign up today for free workshops and training sessions with for youth workers, volunteers, and young people. Available workshop offerings include: Online Safety, How to Engage Young People Online, Positive Mental Health, The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health, Sexual Health and Consent, Suicide and Self Harm Prevention and more! Go to to reserve a session on our Summer and Autumn calendars, as spots fill up quickly.

Do you know any 16-25 year olds who are looking to share their opinions, advice and stories with other young people across Ireland? provides a platform for young people to their say by sending in articles, videos or podcasts to be posted on the site. See how you or a young person you know can get involved here or contact to get started.

BeLonG To Youth Services and Youth Work Ireland Pride March

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone and Former President of Ireland, Dr Mary McAleese marched alongside hundreds of LGBTI+ young people at the Dublin Pride Parade recently.

BeLonG To Youth Services and Youth Work Ireland facilitated the largest ever single group of young people marching under the banner ‘Transforming Young LGBT+ Lives’ with over 400 young people marching. This celebration came alongside the launch of the National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy on Friday 29th June, highlighting the need for additional supports for LGBTI+ young people across Ireland. Find out  more >>

Talk About Youth Project

Youth Exchange – LGBT+ Rights “Beyond Labels”: The Talk about Youth Project is truly delighted to be hosting a LGBT+ Rights  youth exchange as a part of the STAY HUMAN programme, “Beyond Labels”. The youth exchange will include six countries, Spain, Lithuania, Romania, Slovenia, Netherlands and Ireland.  The aim is to address societal attitudes often experienced by LGBTI+ young people.

Using the ‘Dear me ‘campaign created by the All sorts LGBTI+ group, Beyond Labels wishes to integrate the campaign on a European level that creates more visibility for LGBT+ community, empowers young people to speak out and encourages  activism. 

The Talk about Youth Project was delighted, as part of the Advance Planning Visit to attend the Launch of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy on Friday 29th June.

Youth Sector News

Drink Less - Your Heart will love you for it

The HSE’s and the Irish Heart Foundation have embarked on a campaign to raise awareness of the links between alcohol and heart health. Among the range of harms caused by alcohol, it hurts our hearts too. You can look after your heart and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by drinking less alcohol and asking your GP or pharmacist to check your blood pressure. Nearly one million people in Ireland have high blood pressure, a major cause of heart attack or stroke, and last year almost 9,000 people died from cardiovascular disease in Ireland. High blood pressure usually comes with an even bigger problem — a lack of symptoms. High blood pressure is one of the most common alcohol-related health problems, but many people don’t realise they have it. Find out more >>

Grant Scheme: Human Rights and Equality

The Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2018 is now open for applications. The aim of the Human Rights and Equality Grant Scheme 2018 is to encourage leadership and excellence with a view to creating a deeper culture of human rights and equality in Ireland. It supports eligible activities that relate to one or both of the themes of: A. Intercultural Understanding and Diversity; B. Supporting the Implementation of the Public Sector Duty. Learn more >>

Intercultural Writing Competition

Metro Éireann | Duke University Kenan Institute for Ethics - Fourth Annual Intercultural Writing Competition 2018: 'The Ethical Challenges of Intercultural Diversity in Ireland'. Calling all young writers! Prizes up to €800 in all age categories. Writing workshops will be offered: July 15th and July 21st in Dublin. For more information: Visit or call either Santiago Gonzalez-Boneta at 087 322 2831 or Chinedu Onyejelem at 01 878 3441

Do you work with disadvantaged young people? Survey

Volunteer Ireland are currently working with other EU non profit organisations in a collaborative research project as part of the “Making it Matter” Erasmus+ Programme. The aim of the research is to focus on measuring the impact of volunteering on social inclusion.
If you work with disadvantaged young people we would love to hear from you. Your experiences and opinions are very valuable to us and we would be very grateful if you could take the time to complete this survey.
All answers will be kept completely confidential and your responses anonymised.
The survey is one page long and will take no more than 6 minutes to complete. The survey can found online at
The final report will be published on the Volunteer Ireland web site


‘Traveller Youth Community Farm’ Project

Youth Community Farm Supervisor: Part time 20 hours – 6 months contract.
Community Farm Youth Worker: Part time 20 hours – 6 months contract.
These two roles are to work as part of a Pilot ‘Traveller Youth Community Farm’ Project in Carnaross Co. Meath. It is envisaged that further funding may be secured to extend the Project. For job descriptions and info contact: 046 9027801

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