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A chara,

Inclusion has come to the fore as a theme in much of NYCI’s work in June. We were delighted to be joined by Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, who unveiled the National Youth Council of Ireland’s Access All Areas: a diversity toolkit at a launch event in Dundalk. The Minister commended Access All Areas as an example of cross border collaboration at its best, bringing together expertise to create something that will have a lasting impact.” We are certain it will prove to be an invaluable resource for everyone working to make Ireland more welcoming of young people and volunteers from all backgrounds.

The theme of inclusion also plays a large part in Europe-wide consultations currently taking place. NYCI’s “We’re Here, Hear Us Now!” is Ireland’s national consultation. Young people representing Ireland will bring recommendations from this event to the EU Youth Conference in Cyprus in September 2012,  and we look forward to seeking progress on these issues during Ireland’s Presidency of the EU in 2013.

As ever, I encourage you to take advantage of our accredited, tailored and on-demand trainings, which support youth organisations in implementing and meeting good practice standards. And do read on below for a snapshot of the wide range of activity in our member organisations and in the youth work sector as a whole this month.

Le gach dea-mhéin,

Mary Cunningham



Represent Ireland at the EU Youth Conference in Cyprus September 2012

Two participants from NYCI’s We're Here, Hear Us Now! event will represent Ireland at the EU Youth Conference in Cyprus in September and bring the recommendations from the group with them. This will feed into EU policy through a ‘structured dialogue process’.

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Resource in focus: Volunteering opportunities in youth work

This is the reference page for anyone interested in volunteering in youth work. It brings together information on where you can find volunteering opportunities, what a prospective volunteer can expect and what will be expected of you, as well as support, advice, research and a wealth of free downloadable resources!

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Dáil na nÓg Delegate Report 2011

The Dáil na nÓg Delegate Report 2011 is now available for download. This 12-page report gives a summary of what took place at the Dáil na nÓg event in November. It includes the young people’s discussions on the theme 'Strengthening the Voices of Young People through Comhairle na nÓg', the recommendations for change and results of the voting on this, the speech by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD, the Questions and Answers session between policy-makers and the young people, and delegate’s feedback on the day itself. A brief summary of the work of the 2010-2011 Dáil na nÓg Council is also included.

Download your copy of the report here >>

Access All Areas: Cross-border launch of one-‘start’-shop for diversity

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, launched the National Youth Council of Ireland’s Access All Areas: a diversity toolki earlier this month. It is a one-‘start’-shop containing practical advice, facts and figures, needs and issues, checklists and more on topics including disability, ethnicity, membership of the Traveller community, sexual orientation, gender, mental health, early school leaving, juvenile justice and young parents.  

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27th-30th June: Making a Scene! NYCI Youth Arts Summer School 2012
28th June NYCI’s We’re Here, Hear Us Now: Europe Consulting with Young People
3rd July: Global Youth Work Forum - South West Regional Event

27th-30th June: Making a Scene! NYCI Youth Arts Summer School 2012
Making a Scene! is about approaching your work with young people in a fresh way. It is an opportunity to be inspired; use new art forms; meet and socialise with other youth workers; and break out of your everyday routine and get creative!
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28th June We’re Here, Hear Us Now: Europe Consulting with Young People
This NYCI event for young people and youth workers forms part of Ireland’s national consultation on integration and inclusion. Recommendations from the event will be brought to the next EU Presidency Youth Conference in Cyprus.
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Can’t make it to the event? Have your say here >>

3rd July: Global Youth Work Forum - South West Regional Event
NYCI's Development Education Programme, in partnership with Mayfield Arts Centre, is hosting a regional Global Youth Work Forum in the South West.
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NYCI Training

NYCI provides accredited courses, on-demand training and tailored programmes in the areas of:

  • Child Protection
  • Development Education
  • Equality & Interculturalism
  • Youth Arts
  • Youth Health

Contact us to find out how you or your organisation can benefit from NYCI Trainings: e. t. 01-478 4122

Member's News

Living In Dependence launched

May 30th brought Lord Mayor Andrew Montague to Dublin’s Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar, to launch “Living In Dependence: Experiences of Young People in the Irish Asylum Seeking Process”.

You can view Living in Dependence here >>

Traveller Pride Week!

On Monday 18 June, Traveller Pride Week was launched by the Lord Mayor of the City of Dublin, Andrew Montague in a ceremony at Dublin’s Mansion House. For a look back at all the week’s great events see

Scouting Ireland in Saudi Arabia

Scouting Ireland had a delegation attending a Peace building and Conflict Training Course in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The Chief Scout led the delegation of 12 from Scouting Ireland.  The course was to train 'Certified Trainers to Spread the Culture of Dialogue' as part of the Messengers of Peace Programme by the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

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ECO-UNESCO Training and Events

Accredited trainings for youth workers this summer
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ECO-Explorer Summer Camps for Kids with the Lorax - July & August 2012

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Ogras Summer Camps

Summer Camps for  7 - 14 year olds around Ireland. All information on dates and venues along with application forms can be found here >>

Global Action Week for Education

EIL Intercultural Learning and the Irish Coalition for the Global Campaign for Education recently held an event on the streets of Dublin to mark the start of Global Action Week for Education. A delegation of EIL members and the Irish Coalition for the Global Campaign for Education formally presented 250 petition signatures collected in support of a strong focus on education in our Overseas Development Assistance programme to Minister Joe Costello on the 13th of June. 

Know Your Neighbour Weekend

Macra’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend will take place on the 14th and 15th July 2012.

Whether it’s a BBQ, picnic or family fun day, why not get together with your club and the rest of your community and organise a Know Your Neighbour event?

Just register your event on or by texting KYN followed by your name and address to 51444

Foróige youth festival, expo and entrepreneurs...

16-year-old Conor Murray is still celebrating after being named the Foróige Youth Entrepreneur of the Year 2012. The Dublin teen won the award for his business 'Sha-Donk' which manufactures a fun wooden puzzle game. 

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Thousands of Foróige teenagers from across Ireland enjoyed a major outdoor music festival in Longford town in May. Foróige Hype Fest 2012 has been described as the Electric Picnic or Oxygen for younger teenagers. 

The Foróige Youth Expo 2012 will take place in Dublin's RDS on Sunday the 1st of July. Ireland's youth groups have been invited to showcase their brilliant community projects on a national stage. The day will be a celebration of youth citizenship which is so strong across the country.

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Huge excitement is building around 'Band on the Strand 2012' featuring Bressie! The music extravaganza takes place on Lacken Strand in Ballina, County Mayo on Friday the 13th of July from 8pm to 12.30. Tickets are €10. 

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Young Irish Film Makers Film Making Summer Camps

Fancy making your very own movie this summer? The Young Irish Film Makers are holding their much loved, award winning Film Making Summer Camps this July and August.
Find out more>>

BeLonG To Summer Course: Addressing Homophobia in Schools

July 2nd - 6th, 2012

BeLonG To, in conjunction with Educate Together and the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) are delighted to offer a week-long in-service to teachers both primary and post-primary.

To enrol or for further information contact:

Youth Sector News

Finding Unity Within Our Cultural Diversity - Young SIETAR 13th Annual Congress 2012

An event using innovative methodologies to discuss intercultural work, challenging the way we approach intercultural situations.
September 6th to 9th, 2012 in Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Being Young and Irish Presidency seminars

Being Young and Irish begins with a consultation process with young people which takes place until the end of September.  The information gathered throughout this consultation process will feed into a national seminar at Áras an Uachtaráin later in the year.  Four regional workshops are part of this consultation.

President Higgins is now inviting applications from young Irish people aged 17 to 26 to take part in these regional workshops.

The workshops will take place in Dublin, Cork, Monaghan and Galway in September as follows:

DUBLIN, Saturday, 8 September                
CORK, Saturday, 15 September                        
MONAGHAN, Saturday, 22 September                
GALWAY, Saturday, 29 September

The workshops will explore young people’s ideas on three main questions:

What is your vision for Ireland?
What can you and other young people do to help achieve this Ireland?
What else needs to happen to make this possible?

To take part in the regional workshops young people must be available to attend on the date specified and must send their application to attend the workshop to Áras an Uachtaráin by 30th July.  Online and printable applications forms are available at

National Consultation on Children and Youth Affairs policy

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs wants your help in developing plans to improve the lives of children and young people over the next five years. For the first time, one Government department is responsible for all policy on the well-being of children and young people. The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, TD, wants your views.
Find out more >>


IDEA recruiting Executive Director

IDEA, the Irish Development Education Association is recruiting for a new Executive Director. This is a permanent, full-time post, based in Dublin. Deadline: Sunday 8th July 2012, 5pm.

All information can be found here:

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