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Making Links: for leaders of minority ethnic youth groups

NYCI’s Equality and Intercultural Programme was delighted to deliver the last of 3 trainings as part of our Making Links project, funded by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, last weekend in Dublin. . On June 9th we focused on Governance for Minority Ethnic Youth Groups. Making Links is for leaders of minority ethnic youth groups. If you want to know more or to register to attend future initiatives please contact Anne 086 8177326

NYCI Youth Arts Summer School 2018

Join us in beautiful Lough Lannah, Castlebar  to upskill, wind down and be inspired by expert trainers in the company of your peers.

Dates: 11am Wednesday 27th to 3pm Friday 29th June 2018
Venue: Lough Lannah Holiday Village, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Fees:* €240.00 for non NYCI members/ €210.00 for NYCI members
(*Fees highly subsidised by the National Youth Arts Programme at NYCI. Fees include single room accommodation, meals, training and resources).


Who is this suitable for? Youth Workers, Volunteers and Youth Arts Practitioners looking for new skills for delivering creative activities using new technologies – and the confidence to use them. No previous experience necessary.

Training Delivered by: Galway Community Circus on behalf of the NYCI Youth Arts Programme, Galway Community Circus is Ireland’s flagship organisation for youth and social circus located in the heart of Galway City with a local, national and international remit. Its aim is to advance the artistic, personal and social development of young people through circus arts.


Youth Work Changes Lives - share your story

Never underestimate the power of sharing personal stories showing that Youth Work Changes Lives. Think about what you get out of youth work; what you are proud of; and the changes you’ve seen or brought about. Highlighting your experiences is crucial in raising awareness and building support among politicians and policy makers for groups, projects and initiatives active in your local area. Have a story to share? Send it on to Or read some examples of powerful stories here >>

Men's Health Week: June 11th-17th

The NYCI National Youth Health Programme is partnering with the Men's Health Forum once again this year to highlight Men's Health Week 2018 which is currently underway. Men's health week aims to promote men's health and get everyone thinking about what we can do to improve and get men involved in their health. During the week, we are highlighting young men's health and ask, what can we do to help? Get involved and tweet us with your photos using the #MensHealthWeek. For more information on Men’s Health Week and to see what is happening in your area, follow the link


YouthPact - highlight your work for young people in the border counties

NYCI as a partner in YouthPact - the Quality and Impact body for the EU PEACE IV Children and Young People’s Programme (Peace4Youth) - is seeking to gather details of programmes, courses or services for young people in the border counties area, i.e. Louth, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal. If your organisation operates a programme or service that would support young people in the border counties to meet their ongoing developmental needs, post their participation on Peace4Youth programmes, please contact Joe Hawkins NYCI’s YouthPact Development Officer, or call +4428 9089 1020 or +447738 313 965 (or WhatsApp +447738 313 965 to avoid international call and text charges).

We are doing this as one of the functions of YouthPact is to draw together and disseminate progression advisory services or signposting information on the opportunities available for young people to sustain their development and build on distance travelled beyond the Peace4Youth programme end. This might include signposting towards citizenship or social action initiatives, good relations or further development of personal and social capabilities to support long-term change, e.g. pre-employment skills based training or volunteering opportunities.

YouthPact is the Quality and Impact body for the EU PEACE IV Children & Young People’s Programme (Peace4Youth). It is a cross-border partnership of four regional organisations Co-operation Ireland (Lead Partner) National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) Pobal Ulster Ulster University.

Training and support available around STEM in Youth Work

The NYCI TechSpace STEM in Youth Work Maker project is supporting youth workers to inspire young people to create, invent and make with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). As well as receiving a day of hands-on training, youth workers will receive a grant for equipment that can be used to deliver technology-enhanced activities spanning electronics, robotics and coding to music, arts and crafts. Through TechSpace, they will have access to follow-up support, resources, an online community of practice for youth workers interested in STEM and much, much more. Young people will have the opportunity to showcase their work at regional and national events, including the amazing annual Creative Tech Fest.


This is a partnership project between the National Youth Council of Ireland (lead partner) and Camara Education Ireland (delivery partner). The project is delivered through the TechSpace Programme. This project is funded by the Science Foundation of Ireland’s Discover Programme with additional funding from ESB and Inver.


Is this just for Techies?

Absolutely not! This is for everyone with an interest in learning new and innovative methods of working with young people in ways that are most interesting to them, regardless of existing knowledge of science and technology. The follow-up support means that even if you are terrified of tech, after the one-day training, we will be on hand to help you overcome any teething problems you have with your activities, the equipment and so on.

How to find out more?

If you are interested in taking part in this training and support programme, or commissioning it for your staff and volunteers, please contact NYCI’s STEM in Youth Work Coordinator at or 01 478 4122. Complete our expression of interest form to be kept updated.

How much?

This training and support package is heavily subsidised at a cost of €100 per person

National Volunteer Management Conference

Volunteer Ireland is holding the National Volunteer Management Conference in the UCD Sutherland School of Law on the 14th of June 2018. Book or find out more >>

Relationships, Sexuality and Body Image key issues for young men, Youth Council tells Oireachtas Committee

In a presentation last May to the Joint Committee on Education and Skills on relationships and sexuality education the NYCI Health programme highlighted body image, relationships and sexuality as key areas of concern for young people and recommended a more integrated approach to tackling these issues. If you missed it you can find out more here >>

Member's News

Youth Work Ireland campaign call

Are you based in Northern Ireland or a border county and want your voice heard on marriage equality? If you are a youth leader and based in a youth club, project or group in Northern Ireland or one of the six border counties and want your young people to get involved in a social media campaign to support marriage equality you can find out more here >>

Tániste Simon Coveney launches Cork's Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Programme

Monday, June 11th, saw the launch of the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship Programme in Cork with Special Guest Tánaiste Simon Coveney T.D., hosted by Foróige and funded by basis.point. The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is a cutting edge, world recognised youth entrepreneurship education and development programme. More >>

CoderDojo training for youth workers

The CoderDojo Foundation is offering youth workers the opportunity to join in our mission to give every child the access to learn programming and digital making.  To do this, we will: Deliver free, in person CoderDojo Champion training workshops in ten venues all over Ireland; Provide free online content for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels; Advise new champions and mentors start / join CoderDojo coding clubs in their locality. We have chosen to engage and upskill youth workers who are already doing amazing work engaging young people all over the country and providing them with avenues to engage in fun ways of learning new skills. The CoderDojo Foundation is inviting organisations who work with youth workers to avail of this unique opportunity to send their participants to CoderDojo curated in person training. To find out more about this training opportunity please contact

Auditions Open for NYT 2018 - 2019

Are you between 16 and 20 years of age? Do you love making theatre? Do you want to work with some of the best theatre professionals in Ireland? Make sure you book your slot for auditions for the National Youth Theatre Ensemble by 27 July. This summer Youth Theatre Ireland will be auditioning for members of an ensemble who will work together across 12 months to develop as a company under the guidance of an Artistic Director. More. workshops for youth workers, volunteers, and young people

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 their Summer and Autumn calendars, as spots fill up quickly.

Campaí Samhraidh Ógras

Tá pleanáil ag teacht ar aghaidh go hiontach agus Campaí Samhraidh Ógras ag líonadh go tapaidh! Beidh Campaí á rith mórthimpeall an tír i mí Iúil agus tá clárú oscailte - sínigh suas nó faigh tuilleadh eolas faoi Champaí Ógras ar ár suíomh: . Nuacht mhór eile againn: Tá Club Óg-Ógras Bhaile Uí Thaidhg sa bhabhta deiridh den Chomórtas X-Hale á eagrú ag Cumann Ailse na hÉireann! Fógrófar na buaiteoirí ag an Helix i mí Iúil, ach idir an dá linn tá bhur gcuid tacaíochta tábhachtach - 'siad na 'views' atá ag teastáil chun an rud a bhuachaint so amharc, roinn agus iarr ar do chairde é sin a dhéanamh freisin - . Coimeád súil ar chúrsaí Ógras ar an suíomh, nó ár leathanach Facebook: chun fanacht ar an eol fúinn! Féach ar ár Nuachtlitir is déanaí anseo:

Planning is going nicely and Ógras Summer Camps are filling up quickly! Camps will run countrywide in July and registration is open - sign up or get more information about Ógras Summer Camps on our site: . And more big news: Club Óg-Ógras Bhaile Uí Thaidhg have again qualified for the final of the Irish Cancer Society X-Hale Competition! Winners will be announced at a ceremony at The Helix in Dublin in July, but in the meantime your support is important - the competition is won on 'views' so watch it, share it and get your friends to do the same - Keep an eye on our website, or our Facebook page: to keep up-to-date on all things Ógras! Check out our latest newsletter here:

National and International volunteering with VSI

Through volunteering young people can develop their active citizenship and intercultural understanding, learn new skills and enhance their employability. VSI works with Youth Workers and supports young people to participate in our volunteering opportunities in Ireland Europe and the Global South. In addition to our international opportunities we are currently recruiting young Irish people to volunteer on our projects in Killarney National Park this summer. More info here. Some of our projects are funded; low fees; no fundraising. Contact us:

YSI Team from Ardscoil Mhuire in Limerick are Young Social Innovators of the Year 2018

A team of 28 students from Ardscoil Mhuire in Limerick has been named the Young Social Innovators of the Year 2018 at an exciting awards ceremony that took place in Croke Park on May 8th. The winning project ‘Sexting - Get the Message’ posed questions about the lack of communication and education for young people around the topic of sex. Over 7,000 young people took part in YSI this year, developing hundreds of social innovations that tackle local and global social issues. Applications are now open for 2018/19 - for more information on how to get involved visit

Auditions for National Youth Theatre 2018 - 2019

Deadline: 27 July: In August and September, Youth Theatre Ireland will be auditioning for members of a National Youth Theatre Ensemble who will work together across 12 months to develop as a company under the guidance of an Artistic Director. Audition venues include Sligo and Cork. More.

BeLonGTo launch Annual Report

BeLonG To Youth Services, the national organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people launched their Annual Report 2017, and celebrated the organisations 15th birthday recently. You can find out more here or download the full 2017 Annual Report here.

ISSU submission on guidance counselling

The ISSU are compiling a submission on the provision of guidance counselling in schools and are asking students and young people to complete this short survey to help inform their submission.




Youth Sector News

Innovation in Politics Awards 2018 – Call for Jurors and Project Nominations

The Innovation in Politics Awards 2018 is an exciting European initiative to recognise innovative work by politicians that improves our communities, our environment, and strengthens human rights, social balance, democracy and prosperity. Be a juror: The Awards are unique. 1,000 European citizens will decide who will win them. An Irish Juror in 2017 said the following it is “a remarkable opportunity for people to open their eyes to the outstanding work done by many to encourage political change in Europe in a variety of ways.” Anyone - 16 years upwards - can apply online at Closing date is 31 July 2018. For more information about the Awards, contact Fidelma Joyce, Irish Representative, email: Follow on Twitter @politicsawards or Facebook

15,000 young people to receive a travel pass for this summer

DiscoverEU, an initiative of the European Union will allow around 15,000 young people to receive a travel pass for this summer.  It aims to encourage over 18s to seize the chance to experience freedom of movement, understand better Europe’s diversity, enjoy its cultural richness, 'make new friends and ultimately, discover yourself'. Find out more on

Minister announces open call seeking submissions on measuring outcomes for young people engaged with youth services

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs want to learn about how organisations determine what difference is made by services for people who use them. This is part of a process to redesign how the Department governs a funding scheme which is currently valued at approximately €35m per year. The purpose of the redesigned scheme is to support young people to overcome adverse circumstances by strengthening their personal and social skills. 

Individuals or organisations with an interest in youth, personal or social services are encouraged to make a submission by completing the submission form available on the DCYA website and sending relevant materials to by Friday 6th July at 1700. The submissions will be reviewed and a number of organisations or individuals may be invited to share further details with the Department. Full details here >>

Sallynoggin College: QQI Level 5 Youth Work certification.

This may be of particular interest if you wish to undertake a full / partial QQI Level 5 award or enhance your skills and career opportunities with specific modules such as Working with Young People, Understanding Youth Work and Criminology. Learning options for September 2018 are;

  • Youth Work & Community Studies - full time course
  • Selection of specific Youth Work modules delivered on a flexible basis

This new flexible provision may be of particular interest to current practitioners or those wishing to enhance their skill-set or change career. For further information and to apply online visit our website


Gaisce are seeking a Marketing & Communications Officer

Gaisce – The President’s Award is looking for a motivated and experienced individual, to deliver its marketing, communications and engagement strategy and play a key role in supporting the marketing and communications team.  More details here >>
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