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A Chara,

Child protection has been very much in the news recently, following the publication of the Heads of the Children First Bill by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, at the end of April. We welcome this development, as it would place the Children First guidelines on child protection and welfare on a statutory footing for the first time. NYCI will begin a consultation process on the proposed legislation with our member organisations in the coming weeks.

As a next step, NYCI will be producing a submission response to this proposed Bill. It is important to remember, however, that this is only one of a number of steps needed to secure the safety and well-being of children and young people in our society. Other essential elements of the process which NYCI has been advocating for include the forthcoming Garda vetting legislation and the promised referendum on children's rights, which will further demonstrate the value we place on children and young people in Ireland.

Another exciting development this month is NYCI’s decision to commission a study on the Economic Value of Youth Work. This project should help us quantify what we already know anecdotally about the value of youth work to Irish society and assist everyone in the sector in their efforts to better communicate the benefit and impact of youth work.

There is plenty more happening in the sector this month, which you can read about below, but I’ll finish with a reminder to take advantage of our accredited, tailored and on-demand trainings, which support your organisation, whatever its size and focus, in implementing and meeting good practice standards. In particular, closing dates are approaching  for NYCI’s Youth Arts Summer School, as well as accredited courses in Global Justice, Youth Health Promotion and Child Protection and Welfare.

Le gach dea-mhéin,

Mary Cunningham



Latest International Opportunities

The NYCI International section website contains a wealth of opportunities, exchanges and programmes for those involved in the youth sector.

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Publication in focus: Youth Work Policy and Delivery in Ireland - A North South Context

This publication aims to help with the identification of potential areas for co-operation and to inform the youth sector on existing and emerging policy and delivery structures in both jurisdictions.

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NYCI Presentation to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education on Unemployment and Youth

NYCI met with the Committee to discuss NYCI Research and consultation with young jobseekers as well as issues around the Employment and Entitlements Service, SOLAS, and the proposal of a Youth Guarantee.

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Young people urged to register to vote in referendum

As the deadline approaches, NYCI is urging young people to have their voice heard and register to vote in the upcoming referendum on the European Stability treaty on May 31st.

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Youth Council presents on Children First Heads of Bill to Oireachtas Committee

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) was invited to present to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children on May 10th,  to respond to the Heads of the Children First Bill published by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald.

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20th/21st June (TBC) Launch of Access All Areas: a diversity toolkit for the youth work sector.

27th-Saturday 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!

28th June (TBC) Consultation on integration and inclusion in Ireland
The consultation day will be a national event bringing together more than 50 young people and youth workers, to discuss the issue of integration and inclusion in Ireland, in an interactive participative way, and to draft recommendations to be brought to the next EU Youth Conference in Cyprus.

Invitation to Tender - Economic Value of Youth Work

The National Youth Council of Ireland invites tenders from qualified individuals and organisations to undertake a research study to assess the contribution of youth work to the economy.

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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

Find out how you or your organisation can benefit from NYCI Trainings in 2012:, email contact 01-478 4122


Making a Scene! NYCI Youth Arts Summer School
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Specialist Certificate in Youth Health Promotion (NUI Galway Accredited – L 7)
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Certificate in Child Protection and Welfare (NUIM Accredited – L 8)
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Member's News

VSI Volunteer 2012 Information Event

Thursday, 17 May@ 6.30pm in Irish Aid Centre, Dublin

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National Volunteering Week: May 14th - May 20th 2012

Following five successful years of Volunteer Ireland’s National Day of Volunteering, 2012 will see Ireland’s first annual National Volunteering Week take place.
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Living in Dependence: Experiences of young people in the Irish asylum process

Film and Discussion taking place on Wednesday, May 30, 2012,  12:30 pm until 2:00pm
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EIL Intercultural Learning Opportunties

EIL  is currently offering 2 fully funded places for 2 students (aged 18 - 25) to participate in Euro Camp in Germany with 80 other young people from around Europe.  
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Positive Mental Health: A Seminar and Exhibition on Mental Health

This event will be held in the Wood Quay Venue on Thursday 17th May from 11-12.30pm.

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ECO-UNESCO Training and Events

ECO-UNESCO is a leading provider of environmental, sustainability and youth training. See below for a range of opportunities from them..

ECO-UNESCO Short Courses (Spring)

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ECO-UNESCO Accredited Training

10-Week Evening Course 03 May - 12 Jul (Thursdays 18:30-21:00) @the Greenhouse (Cost: €200* / €220** / €240)

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* discounts available for ECO-UNESCO members, students, unwaged & young people under 25
** discounts available for voluntary & community sect

Photography Exhibition Invitation ‘Camera on Citizenship – Global Views’

There will be PRIZES for the best submissions. Top submissions will be included in a special Young Person’s Guide to Rio+20 and the Millennium Development Goals to be produced by ECO-UNESCO in May 2012. All photos will be displayed during the photography exhibition in June 2012 at the Greenhouse.

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No Name Club Events

Final of Supertalent 2012 to take place in Templemore, Co Tipperary, on Saturday, May 12

Talented individuals and groups from No Name Clubs around Ireland will compete across a wide variety of categories on the night, from comedy and novelty acts to solo singing and bands to solo and group dance.

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The No Name Club held its National Youth Awards in Kilkenny on Saturday, April 14

More than 1,000 very well turned-out members of the No Name Club gathered in the Lyrath Estate Hotel for the final of its Host and Hostess of the Year competition, with both awards eventually going to the west of Ireland, following impressive performances from all 10 finalists.

Cathal Broderick (16), from Gort No Name Club in Co Galway, was named Host of the Year and Eadaoin Ni Mhaicin (16), from Claremorris No Name Club in Co Mayo, was named Hostess of the Year. Read the full report from the National Youth Awards>>

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.
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Youth Sector News

Programme to connect young people with the world of work

YouthConnect is an educational programme from the ICTU, aimed at second-level students and young people to connect them with the world of work, raise awareness among students of their rights and identify how to handle difficult situations which may arise for them in work.  Log onto their website to book one of their trained champions to visit your group.

Youth and Community Studies MA

Two years part-time, distance learning, the MA in Youth and Community Studies is designed to meet the need for continuing professional development of established practitioners in services for young people, who have substantial experience, often including the management of a team of staff.

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Campaign: Poverty can affect anyone of any age. So should policy.

As younger people grow older they will face the same challenges that older people face today - unless we take action now. Across Europe, younger and older people are standing together for a fairer future.

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Rail travel worth up to €200,000 to be provided to community, voluntary groups

100 groups of up to 50 people per group will receive a free return group travel journey from Iarnród Éireann, across any of the company’s services. 

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Call for youth sector representatives on thematic working groups – EUYAA

European year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations
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The People of the Year Awards – honouring Ireland’s Heroes

Is there a hero in your midst? Perhaps an ordinary person who has done something extraordinary? Someone whose inspiring actions have singled them out for special recognition? Then please nominate them to receive an Award at before the June 29, 2012 closing date.


IDEA Events

Tuesday 22 May, 1:30-4:30 pm, The Greenhouse, 17 St Andrew’s St, Dublin 2. C-Cubed Workshop: Creatively Communicating Complex Ideas about Development This hands-on workshop is a follow-up to the Dóchas conference on the 3rd May. Aimed at educators, it will allow participants to try out some creative communication tools such as animation, infographics and prezi, and to consider ways in which we can use these tools in the context of our DE practice.  Cost: €15 for IDEA/Dochas members, €30 for non-members. Places are limited, please register by Monday 14 May with Susan@ideaonline.ieRead more...

Monday 30 April, 12 noon – 1:00 pm (GMT)IDEA/DEEEP Webinar: Educators as Agents for Social Change This webinar, third in our springtime series, will be presented by Dr. Margaret Trotta Tuomi of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.  Margaret, an educational sociologist, will discuss how we can create just, diversity-positive environments in schools, based on core principles of human dignity, world citizenship and the obligation to work towards the well-being of all.  For more information and to register, please contact Read more…

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