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Make Minority a Priority: Seminar and Launch of NYCI research report

Make Minority a Priority – the NYCI Research Report on Insights from Minority Ethnic Young People in Ireland will be launched on Wednesday 29th November at  Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin 2.

NYCI invites youth organisations to join in a new conversation about the future direction of intercultural youth work based on the findings of our research. The research offers insights from 50 young people from 20 different ethnic backgrounds on their experiences growing up in Ireland. Key issues include Identity, Belonging, Exclusion, Racism, Leadership, Integration, and Parental and Community relationships. Find out more and register here >>

Youth Summit on Peace, Justice and the SDGs

As part of One World Week, the National Youth Council of Ireland and Concern Worldwide are holding the: Youth Summit on Peace, Justice and the Sustainable Development Goals in the Aviva Stadium on  Thursday 23rd November. The event is now fully booked, but you can join the conversation online using hashtags: #YouthSummit  #answerthecall  #SDGs Follow: @nycinews and @concern

Estonia, Austria: Vote@16

In October, Austria was celebrating 10 years of vote@16, 16 and 17-year-olds in Estonia had a chance to cast a ballot for the first time in a local election! To mark this occasion the European Youth Forum and the Estonian National Youth Council ( ENL) organised a two-day event to provide a space for young people to discuss vote@16. John Sutton from the NYCI Vote at 16 campaign group attended. You can find out more here >> 

Charity Trustees Week

As part of Charity Trustees Week we'd like to say a big thank you to our wonderful Board of Directors and the hundreds of other Charity Trustees who lead voluntary youth organisations that make a real difference in the lives of almost 400,000 young people across Ireland.

Young Voter Registration Drive - Nov 25th deadline

With the deadline for registering to vote fast approaching, we've been working with NYCI members USI and SpunOut on National Voter Registration day as part of their GetReg*D campaign, and we've released polling data to highlight the urgency of the issue: Up to 151,000 young people may not be on electoral register with days to deadline.

Please share the message among your youth groups - the registration deadline is November 25th.

In the news: Concern over the 1/3 of young people in precarious work

We were delighted with the response to our expert seminar 'Republic of Opportunity or State of Insecurity' looking at precarious employment and young people. Many of the key messages from the day were picked up by media including:

RTE Drivetime NYCI and Dr Pembroke from TASC discuss effects of 'if and when' contracts [at 01:10]
Irish Times We’re young, we’re working, but we’re not employed Opinion: Young people should not have to get used to precarious employment
Examiner: Finances mean choosing between food and medicine and Half of young workers on non-standard contracts



STEM: Young People celebrated at Creative Tech Fest national showcase and awards

Now in it’s fifth year, Creative Tech Fest showcases young people’s achievements in
digital media, as well as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) activities.

For the first time this year, young people who are involved in the new ‘STEM in Youth Work Maker Project’ took part. The Project is run by the National Youth Council of Ireland and Camara Education Ireland, and funded by the Science Foundation of Ireland. It works to inspire youth workers and  the young people they work with to create and invent with confidence and curiosity, and increase engagement in STEM.

Mary Cunningham, Director, National Youth Council of Ireland, said: “The National Youth Council of Ireland is delighted to be involved in this exciting celebration of youth workers and young people who have been taking part in the STEM in Youth Work Maker project. Through the project 112 youth workers have been trained and an estimated 2,000 young people have now had the chance to learn STEM in new and really fun ways, outside of school! We are particularly pleased that young people who previously may have been considered as being less likely to engage with STEM or take up further education and careers in STEM are being reached through this project.”

Those interested in the training for youth workers can find out more here >>

Youth Arts Networking Day & Circus Skills workshop

Date: Thursday, 7th December 2017
Venue: Involve Youth Service, Ballina, Co Mayo
Time: 10 – 2pm (including networking lunch!)
Fee: Free
Book or enquire with:  Breda Ruane, Youth Officer, Mayo Sligo and Leitrim ETB:

Calling all youth workers, volunteers and youth arts practitioners in the NorthWest!

Following on from a successful meeting earlier in the year, NYCI Youth Arts Programme in association with Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB is organising a youth arts networking day which will offer you the chance to network with others doing similar work. 

The day also includes a practical workshop with Galway Community Circus, exploring circus skills which you can take away and use with your group – either as stand alone activities or by incorporating them into your youth work and facilitation skills -  as well as a look at the benefits of participating in youth circus for young people.  

There will also be an input from Orlagh Heverin, Assistant County Arts Officer with Mayo Arts Office plus a networking lunch.
Circus Workshop:
Circus is a great way to build resilience, teamwork and creativity in young people among many other social, developmental and physical benefits.  This introduction to Circus workshop from Galway Community Circus will  introduce Galway Community Circus, the ethos of circus and where it fits with youthwork, personal, social and community benefits.  The practical workshop exploring group juggling, devil sticks and plates which can be used as team and group building, , group dynamic and bonding, participation and focus exercises.  Workshop will include hand out sheets with workshop activities, links etc.
Galway Community Circus is a charitable organisation dedicated to inspiring and empowering people of all ages and abilities through circus arts. They use the fun and innovative nature of circus as an educational tool for personal, artistic, social and community development
Networking Piece: (Facilitated by Anne O'Gorman, NYCI and Breda Ruane, ETB)
This part will explore participant’s needs in terms of trying to run youth arts projects within their projects/clubs and any issues/concerns that arise for them.  It is also a chance to catch up and build connections with your peers and colleagues over lunch.
Please note that numbers are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. 
Further information and booking with Breda Ruane, Youth Officer, Mayo Sligo and Leitrim ETB:

New Member: Blakestown and Mountview Youth Initiative

We are delighted to welcome Blakestown and Mountview Youth Initiative (BMYI) as the newest members of NYCI, and look forard to working together. Blakestown and Mountview Youth Initiative  was established in 1998 and is a community project dedicated to the intensive, holistic support of a number of young people and their families in the Blakestown and Mountview area. You can find out more about the organisation here.

Republic of Opportunity or State of Insecurity?


Republic of Opportunity or State of Insecurity?

NYCI Seminar on Precarious Work for Young People

Trinity Suite, Gresham Hotel, Dublin | 9:30-2pm Tuesday October 24th 2017

NYCI seminar exploring the extent and impact of, and solutions to, precarious work for young people.

This seminar included inputs from a range of stakeholders, such as think tanks, academia, the trade union movement, labour market specialists and the youth sector exploring precarious employment and work quality. It focused on exploring current data, trends and developments, but also explored potential solutions. The seminar was designed to allowed for information sharing, discussion and debate on practical measures to improve job quality and reduce precarity.


10:10-10:30 James Doorley, Deputy Director, NYCI, presentation of the “NYCI RedC Poll findings on young people and precarious work

10:30-10:50 Ciaran Nugent, Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI), presentation on Labour market and related quality of life issues for young people

10:50-11:10 Dave Curran, SIPTU presentation The Trade Union perspective

11:10-11:20 Questions and Comments

11:30-11:50 Dr Joseph Moran, Waterford Institute of Technology presentation on “One young man’s encounter with precarious employment: A story from the South-East of Ireland”

11:50-12:10 Dr Sinead Pembroke, TASC, presentation on “The Social Implications of Precarious Work

12:10-12:30 Dr John Sweeney presentation 'Quality Jobs' for Some, 'Any Job will Do' for Others - Inevitable?” with reference to paper prepared for NYCI in 2016 entitled “Job Creation and Job Quality in Ireland: an Exploration of the Policy Issues

12:30-1:30 Discussion on presentations and recent developments and proposals to address precarious work in Ireland.










Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017 was launched on 2nd October

The remaining provisions of the Children First Act will also be commenced on the 11th of December 2017. These include mandatory reporting of child abuse and a legal obligation on organisations providing services to children to prepare and publish a Child Safeguarding Statement.

The obligations on mandated reporters will take effect immediately on the date of commencement (11th of Dec), while organisations will have three months from that date to comply with their obligations in relation to publishing a Child Safeguarding Statement. Resources are available from Tusla website

Download: PDF icon  Children_First_National_Guidance_2017.pdf

Vacancy: Youth Pact Development Officer

YOUTHPACT is a regional project, led by Co-operation Ireland in partnership with the Ulster University, Pobal and the National Youth Council of Ireland. As part of this project, the National Youth Council of Ireland is now recruiting for the following post:


Development Officer who is a professionally qualified youth worker and is a specialist in youth participation


Download application forms and further information on the project:

Application Form

Job Description

Youth Pact Summary


The ideal candidate will:

  • A recognised professional youth work qualification
  • Have 5  years’ experience working with young people in a non-formal/informal youth work setting ;
  • Have 3 years’ experience of delivering best practice youth participation initiatives
  • Have 3 years’ experience of staff/team leadership and management in the youth work sector;
  • Have experience of managing outcomes based youth work service contracts;
  • Have a proven track record of designing and delivering youth work projects and programmes;
  • Have experience of developing and nurturing external partnerships with stakeholders
  • Have excellent interpersonal, written communication, organisational and presentation skills;
  • Have the ability to work on one’s own initiative as well as part of a team.


This is a full-time post (35 hours per week) for a fixed term period of 48 months. Some evening and weekend work is required. Please note that this post will be based in Belfast.


Salary: € 41531


Please e-mail Application Form and cover letter to: or post to

Lisa Hyland,

Administrative Manager,

National Youth Council of Ireland,

3 Montague St,


D02 V327


Closing date for applications is 5 pm on Monday 23rd October 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.


YouthPact is a project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)


Member's News

USI Pledges To Register Thousands Of Students To Vote

On Wednesday the 8th of November, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) registered thousands of students to vote across Ireland as part of the annual National Day of Voter Registration. The nonpartisan campaign, “Get RegD”, has partnered with the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) and to ensure as many young people get registered to vote before the deadline on November 25th. Find out more >>

Youth Work Ireland - Annual Review

Annual Review 2017 is now out and ready to read, it gives a great snapshot of work being done in local youth services across Ireland. Download your copy here >>

Youth Theatre Ireland launches Playshare 2018

As the last major public event of the Youth Theatre Ireland year, the day is a great celebration of all that is unique and special about writing for youth theatre. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for youth theatre members to showcase the range of plays on offer while performing for their peers.



Sunday December 3rd


Axis Arts Centre Ballymun

Book or find out more >>

Youth Work Ireland’s Irish Youth Music Awards - Album Out Now

Youth Work Ireland’s Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) is very excited to celebrate the release of IYMAs volume 10 an album featuring ten young up and coming musicians from Galway and Meath. The album is available digitally and on CD with I-Tunes pre-orders now live here. This album was produced in Herbert Place Studios giving the young musicians the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Muse, Kodaline and Gavin James. The album was mastered in Wav mastering who have worked with David Bowie, The Foo Fighters and Damien Rice.

Last year’s album stormed the charts entering at number five! To mark the album launch, we are hosting an all ages concert in Monroe’s in Galway with over ten acts performing on Saturday October 7th with doors at 2pm with more info here.

“It’s been a brilliant year for the Irish Youth Music Awards as we marked our ten-year anniversary and our biggest programme and National Day yet. We are very excited to release IYMAs Volume 10 to mark this milestone as this album is a brilliant testament to the brilliant work of each young person that participated in the programme this year. We are encouraging everyone to pick up a copy of the album so we can get it into the Irish charts and help shine a light on the future of our Irish music industry” said Irish Youth Music Awards Director Barry Lennon

The album release marks the launch of the IYMAs programme in youth clubs and projects across Ireland with regional events being planned now. The Irish Youth Music Awards is a youth music educational programme helping young bands, musicians and young people aged 12-19 to learn new skills within the creative and music industries and acts as a stepping stone between further education or employment opportunities. Aimed at creating teamwork and friendship at local level, the Irish Youth Music Awards also provides first hand work experience for participants in all areas associated with the music business such as PR, stage management, graphic design, photography and creates spaces for acts to perform on a local level through the IYMAs hubs.

IYMAs partners and supporters include The Department of Children and Youth Affairs, RTÉ 2FM, BIMM Institute Dublin, LinkedIn Learning, IMRO, Music Maker, Gaisce – The President’s Award and Youth Action Northern Ireland.

For More Information:

107 Girl Guides receive National Guide Award!

Well done to the 107 members of Irish Girl Guides who received the National Guide Award at a special ceremony in Croke Park on 14 October. Each girl was presented with a Trail Blzer gold pin from IGG President Maureen Murphy and a National Guide Award certificate from IGG Chief Commissioner Helen Concannon. Read more here.

Stand Up Awareness Week

It’s not too late for your youth service to take part in Belong To’s Stand Up Awareness Week from November 13th-18th, 2017.

Visit BelongTo's website today to download a free Stand Up pack including a resource brimming with activity ideas and a primer on LGBTI+ terminology for you and your colleagues.

Youth Sector News

Can You Take Action for Undocumented Young People this Monday November 20th

Young Paperless and Powerful are calling for an emergency youth rally on Monday next November 20th in support of undocumented young people in the US and here in Ireland.

We need young people to stand up!

In the United States undocumented young people are in the fight of their lives to try defend their protection from deportation (called DACA) and to pass a new law that would give undocumented young people a fair pathway to papers and they have until December 6th to do it. In Ireland there are no protections for undocumented young people.

In the fight for Justice for young people we are organising a twin rallies in Dublin and New York. “Make the Road New York”, a sister organisation to the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland are directly appealing to young people in Ireland to support their cause and help them to stand up to Trump and his racist agenda. In Ireland our fight for special protections for the undocumented young people is just beginning..


This is our first direct call to action in support of undocumented young people in Ireland, can you answer our call?


Help us to show we are strong and we have support from young people for undocumented young people here in Ireland too.


Join us in Dublin for a twin rally? (New York Rally is happening at the same time)


Where; Famine Memorial, 1, Hawthorn Terrace, East Wall, Dublin 3

When; Next Monday, November 20th at 5.30pm


What; Twin rallies will be happening in Ireland and in New York in support of undocumented young people.

Bring placards (light them up if you can) on the theme “what undocumented young people deserve”



What next?

Attached is a session plan that you can use with young people and your friends on the issue.

On Thursday we’ll host a placard making session at 6pm in Hill Street Family Resource Centre, (off Parnell Street) in Dublin City Centre.

Later this week we will announce our hastag and details of how to participate on social media.

On Monday November 20th we take to the streets and call for Justice for the Undocumented


Need more information or want to play a more active role! Give me a call 085-180 85 04

Mental Health Survey Reveals Extent and Effects of Stigma

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services’ annual attitude survey, which questioned a nationally representative sample of 500 adults, has revealed that many Irish people still struggle to discuss mental health difficulties.  Find out more >>

Jigsaw accepting referrals from across Dublin City

Jigsaw Dublin City are now accepting referrals from across Dublin City. This expansion of their referral area ensures that significantly more young people can get support from Jigsaw Dublin City. Any young person living, working or attending education within the Dublin City Council region ( and in need of support, can make contact with Jigsaw Dublin City to arrange an initial appointment or to get some information about other services that may better meet their needs. In addition, any parent, teacher, health professional, and those working with young people can refer a young person, with consent, to our service. Log onto for more information.

IDEA: Partnerships Coordinator

The Irish Development Education Association is a partner in a three-year European Commission-funded project entitled Bridge 47: Building Global Citizenship, running 2018 -2020. IDEA is leading on the Partnership strand of the project and is currently recruiting a Partnerships Coordinator to oversee delivery of the Partnerships Programme. Deadline for application is 5.00pm, Monday, 20 November. Find out more…

Link ‘Find out more’ to:

Free youth mental health training opportunities

HSE Dublin North and the Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing are providing free youth mental health training opportunities in Dublin during December and in Galway in January 2018.

The training sessions in Dublin are:

13th December: Working with Young People who Self-Harm

14th December: Supporting Young People who have Distressing Beliefs & Paranoia

15 December: Talking with Young People about the Voices they Hear

18 & 19 December: Facilitating peer support groups for young people

  • For more information on the Dublin trainings contcact: Mark Monahan | 01-8962496
  • For details of the trainings taking place in Galway contact: Rachael Waddington, Behind The LABEL Training & Consultancy Email -

What to do about cyberbullying

"young people turning 13 this year have never lived in a world without Facebook "
Anxiety about online risks can obscure the real benefits of digital competence for children and young people. This short overview of some of the research in this area, by Kaylor Garcia and Deborah Temkin, suggests that cyberbullying is a modern manifestation of a perennial issue and that ‘digital citizenship’ classes have much to contribute to a broader social and emotional education. more...

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Organisation to deliver Youth Service to young people based in Ballyhaunis sought

Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB) is seeking an organisation to deliver a Youth Service to young people based in Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo.  The service will be funded under the Value for Money and Performance Review Scheme from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.  The services will be targeted and specific to the needs of the young people.


The organisation sought should:

  • Exemplify good practice in relation to vision, methodologies, governance, compliance, programme design and delivery
  • Be experienced in working with teenagers and young adults, using non-formal educational methodologies
  • Operate in an out-of-school setting, including evenings and weekends
  • Understand the nature and needs of young people
  • Able to devise and measure effective responses
  • Be committed to on-going sharing of learning and collaboration


Application is by means of an Application Form and Pre-Qualification Questionnaire. For an Information Pack, Pre-Qualification Questionnaire and Application Form, please contact Breda Ruane, Youth Officer at

Closing date for receipt of Application Form and Pre-Qualification Questionnaires, in four hard copies:

Friday 3rd November 2017 at 12noon.


Please return completed Application Form and Pre-Qualification Questionnaire to:

Shaun Purcell

Chief Executive,

RE:  VFM Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo,


Quay Street,





Legal and Policy Officer (Maternity Leave Cover)

The Children's Rights Alliance is seeking a Legal and Policy Officer (Maternity Leave Cover) to carry out research, develop policy and advocate on behalf of the Children’s Rights Alliance.

The Legal and Policy Officer will lead, monitor, develop and advocate for Children’s Rights Alliance legal and policy positions.

This is a full time post, for a period of 7 months. This may be extended. The annual salary is €36,000.

For a complete job description and further details, please visit our website or send queries to

A letter of application, along with a CV should be sent to Tanya Ward, Chief Executive, Children’s Rights Alliance, 7 Red Cow Lane, Dublin 7 or to:

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 noon, Thursday, 16 November 2017.

Interviews will take place on Thursday, 23 November 2017.

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