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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. You can read our media statement reacting to the result of the vote here and a reaciton piece from Una Mullally in the Irish Times here. You'll find more information about the NYCI campaign at www.voteat16.ie.

 

 

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: http://www.youthdeved.ie/coalition-2030-launch If you are interested in learning more about Coalition2030 please send me an email via deved@nyci.ie or call 01 478 4122

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.

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.

Over the three days there will be speakers from a range of media outlets, regulatory bodies, NGOs and universities including Colum Kenny (DCU), Roisin Boyd (Lecturer / broadcaster), Michael Foley (NUJ), and Chinedu Onyejelem (Metro Eireann).

Check out the full agenda and register at the links below:

Seminar 1 – (April 4th) Regulating against Hate Speech in Media - https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/regulating-against-hate-speech-in-media-tickets-32255307493

Seminar 2 – (April 10th) Avoiding the Hate Trap in Online Journalism - https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/avoiding-the-hate-trap-in-online-journalism-tickets-32261400718

Seminar 3 – (April 11th) Combating Hate Speech in Print and Broadcast Media - https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/combating-hate-speech-in-print-and-broadcast-media-tickets-32265620339

Tickets are free of charge but places are limited. Attendees travelling from outside of Dublin can claim travel expenses after the event. Each seminar is a standalone event.

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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. Young people under 18 years of age will need parental/guardian consent. Our young people need our support. Please let them know that this help is available.

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:

Short-term (1-3 weeks) residential volunteering opportunities for young people on our projects in Ireland and in Europe with community and environmental organisations. The work varies greatly from nature conservation, arts projects, community projects with children, elderly and refugees etc. More details.

European Voluntary Service (EVS) EU funded volunteering opportunities:

Short-term (2 weeks to 1 month) and long-term (up to 12 months) EVS opportunities available with our partners in Europe. Travel, accommodation, food and personal allowance provided. Extra funding provided for young people with fewer opportunities.

List of current VSI exclusive vacancies available here.

VSI provides a thorough and comprehensive preparation programme to our volunteers, support throughout the volunteer experience and post-project follow-up support.

Please contact Mateja by email ivp@vsi.ie or phone +35318551011 or +353873367275 Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm

 

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!

Click here for your registration form but don’t leave it too long. The entry deadline is 7th April.

The Foróige Youth Citizenship Awards, in partnership with Aldi, celebrate the work of young people in their community, empowering them to use their unique skills and abilities to make the world a better place.

So, if your group, club or project has done work you are proud of, don't miss out on the opportunity to shout it from the rooftops and be part of this action packed event.

If you need more details on the Programme, click here.
The Awards take place in the City West Hotel, Conference and Event Centre, Saggart, Dublin, 29th April 2017. See you there!

#ForóigeCitizenshipChallenge

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 http://itmtrav.ie/traveller-pride-awards-2017/
The Traveller Pride Awards 2017 is being organised by a committee comprising The Irish Traveller Movement (ITM), Minceirs Whiden, Exchange House, Pavee Point, National Traveller MABS, the National Traveller Women’s Forum, Involve and the Parish of the Travelling People.
 

 

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 www.ecounesco.ie

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. The IYMA's also brings together some of Ireland’s top music industry personnel as it hosts a large educational hub supported by BIMM institute Dublin. Featuring masterclasses and workshops in vocals, song-writing and more, festival goers can also attend panels led by music industry professionals including BIMM Institute Dublin lecturers and RTÉ 2FM Director of Music Alan Swan.

Tickets for the IYMAs National Day are available here from Eventbrite priced €20 including booking fee. The event is an all ages, alcohol free event. Group tickets are also here for youth clubs or projects priced €120 (including booking fee) allowing admission for five young people, two youth leaders and include a set lunch on the day.

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. www.askaboutalcohol.ie

#StillJustMe

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services have launched their new digital campaign #StillJustMe on www.walkinmyshoes.ie/still-just-me

#StillJustMe is an anti-stigma campaign of Walk in My Shoes. Through a series of short films and blog articles written by mental health experts and those with real-life experience, #StillJustMe will shine a spotlight on some of the most poorly understood and stigmatised mental health problems, including: eating disorders; depression and anxiety; schizophrenia and psychosis; and addiction. Each phase of #stilljustme focuses on a different mental health issue and is launched to coincide with international awareness days in 2017. For Phase 1 in #EatingDisordersAwarenessWeek the focus is on Eating Disorders.  You can share through any of the following social media pages:

www.facebook.com/walkinmyshoes

www.twitter.com/walkinmyshoes

www.instagram.com/StPatricksMentalHealthServices

 

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 below.
X-HALE 2017 Training for Youth Workers and Volunteers
X-HALE 2017 Short Film Competition
 

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, we have supported over 180 youth organisations to take part in X-HALE. Learn more About X-HALE and The X-HALE Story So Far.

We want youth organisations across Ireland to get on board for X-HALE 2017 and drive the movement towards establishing Ireland’s first smoke free generation. For more information, please click on the links below.

X-HALE 2017 Training for Youth Workers and Volunteers
X-HALE 2017 Short Film Competition

- See more at: https://www.cancer.ie/prevention/x-hale-2017#sthash.RbjFId8s.dpuf

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, we have supported over 180 youth organisations to take part in X-HALE. Learn more About X-HALE and The X-HALE Story So Far.

We want youth organisations across Ireland to get on board for X-HALE 2017 and drive the movement towards establishing Ireland’s first smoke free generation. For more information, please click on the links below.

X-HALE 2017 Training for Youth Workers and Volunteers
X-HALE 2017 Short Film Competition

- See more at: https://www.cancer.ie/prevention/x-hale-2017#sthash.RbjFId8s.dpuf

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, we have supported over 180 youth organisations to take part in X-HALE. Learn more About X-HALE and The X-HALE Story So Far.

We want youth organisations across Ireland to get on board for X-HALE 2017 and drive the movement towards establishing Ireland’s first smoke free generation. For more information, please click on the links below.

X-HALE 2017 Training for Youth Workers and Volunteers
X-HALE 2017 Short Film Competition

- See more at: https://www.cancer.ie/prevention/x-hale-2017#sthash.RbjFId8s.dpuf

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