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SDG TOWNS: YOUth Engaged 2030 Vision

The SDGs are a personal, local, national, European and global issue. It is up to all of us to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We must all make sure that we live up to the commitments made and that the SDGs do make a difference.  Find out more about the new SDG towns initiative here  or contact

Apply for your One World Week Mini-Grant

PEACE & JUSTICE, the Sustainable Development Goals and YOUth!  

One World Week:   November 18th – 26th 2017:
Apply for mini-grant by: Friday September 22nd 2017

We are NOW taking applications for One World Week MINI-GRANTS! These grants are provided for activities and events related this year's One World Week theme which focuses on PEACE, JUSTICE, the Sustainable Development Goals and YOUth!  

Grant applications of up to a maximum of €300 will be considered. The deadline for receipt of your application at NYCI offices is Friday 22nd September. Applications will not be considered after this date. If you have arranged OWW training for after this deadline, you can still apply for a mini-grant in advance.


Transforming Shadows -resources for youth workers

Ireland and Lebanon Youth Exchange on Conflict Transformation

We brought 12 young adults (aged 20 – 30) from diverse cultural, social and religious backgrounds from Ireland and Lebanon to work together in Beirut, Lebanon for one week to explore how they had Transformed Conflict in their own lives and what they would like to impart to other young people experiencing conflict. They developed key messages to impart to youth leaders and to empower other young change makers. They present their key messages here as video resources and a companion activity pack.

National Youth Work Showcase: dont' miss out!

Round Room of the Mansion House | Wednesday, Sept 27th | 11am-3pm

A fun-filled extravaganza celebrating the value, diversity and vitality of youth work in Ireland today, the Youth Work Changes Lives showcase will provide young people with the opportunity to meet with their local TDs and Senators and share with them first-hand what they do, what they learn and the benefits of youth work for them and their communities.

Don't miss out!
Groups from every constituency in Ireland are represented. If you'd like to join the waiting list for a stand, or would like to drop in on the day  contact: Lisa Hyland 01-4784122 to express your group’s interest to find out more.

Minister Coveney congratulates Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates

Lauren Flanagan from Manor Kilbride, County Wicklow and Paul Dockery from Dromod, County Leitrim will join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this Autumn. Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates for 2017/18 were officially announced by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, TD at an event held in Iveagh House, Dublin, recently in advance of their departure. At the UN, they will work closely with Ireland’s Permanent Mission to the UN and will have the opportunity to represent the youth of Ireland during sessions of the UN committee dealing with human rights issues. Speaking after the meeting, Minister Coveney said:

"It was a pleasure to welcome Lauren and Paul here to Iveagh House and to congratulate them on their selection as Ireland’s UN Youth Delegates. During their term as UN Youth Delegates, they will have an opportunity to help bring about change and have an impact on decision-making through their advocacy and engagement. The work of Lauren and Paul over the coming year is also important in building awareness of the work of the UN and the role Ireland plays on the global stage.

I look forward to engaging with Lauren and Paul in New York during the United Nations General Assembly and in the year ahead."

The UN Youth Delegate programme is run by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Irish Aid, and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people each year.

Valerie Duffy of the NYCI said: “The UN Youth Delegate Programme provides an exciting opportunity for Irish young people. After a competitive selection process which saw applications from all over the country, in Lauren and Paul we are delighted to have selected two impressive young people who will work throughout 2017 and 2018 to highlight youth issues at local, national, European, and global levels.”

Those holding youth events in Ireland can contact or @UNYouthIRL to invite the Irish UN Youth Delegates to attend. The delegates will also address a Youth Summit on Peace and Justice, as part of One World Week organised by the NYCI, which will take place on November 23rd in the Aviva Stadium.

A new Coalition to End Youth Homelessness aims to ensure that the issue of youth homelessness gets the attention it needs.  The Coalition was initiated by Focus Ireland and the National Youth Council of Ireland, and involves founding members from across the homeless and youth sectors.

Welcoming the launch of the coalition at the Focus Ireland National Conference on Youth Homelessness St Stan said: “Young people have already paid a high price for the austerity years and many have become homeless and marginalised. Even if the state cannot provide housing immediately, they should at least provide suitable accommodation for them that gives young people respect, dignity and privacy and the support they need to become mature adults. The hostel accommodation being provided for young people at present is anything but appropriate and is certainly most unsuitable for young people.”
Find out more about the coalition at

The Coalition to End Youth Homelessness is initiated by Focus Ireland and the National Youth Council of Ireland and has received widespread support from organisations in the Youth and Homeless sectors including Crosscare, Threshold, SVP, BeLonG To and USI.

NYCI/Maynooth University Certificate in Youth Arts 2016/2017

Applications now being accepted (closing date Friday, 20th October 2017):
The Certificate in Youth Arts is a part time programme of study in Irish Youth Arts Practice, which takes place over 100 contact hours over 6 2-3 day blocks between October and June. The programme for  those working in the non-formal education sector is a partnership initiative of Maynooth University and the National Youth Council of Ireland Arts Programme. It leads to an award of the National University of Ireland, placed at Level 7 on the National Qualifications Framework. Find out more >>

Young arts advocates to address major conference in Queen’s University Belfast

Last year a range of young people participated in NYCI Youth Arts Programme’s Youth Arts Advocacy Project and worked with a range of experts on PR, advocacy, project management, public representation and youth participation to design and carry out a project which celebrated the importance of young people participating in the arts in their own locality.  On Friday, 15th September 2017, some of these young people, from Griese Youth Theatre in Kildare, will participate in a major conference in Queen’s University Belfast on young people’s perspectives on culture, identity and cultural participation and will share their experiences of this project. Find out more about the conference here >>

‘A million good reasons’ NYCI Pre-Budget 2018 Submission

Our Pre Budget 2018 submission ‘A Million Good Reasons’ published earlier this summer was widely covered in the media (Irish Times Call for €32m Budget spend on youth mental health care’ Irish Independent ‘€47m youth work spend demanded in Budget 2018and 'Urgent need' for 2,000 mental health nurses Irish Examiner Youth Council wants more guidance counselling posts restored in Budget 2018). We'll continue to work to highlight these youth issues and the other Budget priorities outlined in the document in advance of Budget 2018 this October.

You can download your copy of the NYCI Pre-Budget 2018 Submission ‘A million good reasons’  here. The document details a range of costed measures and calls for action on:

  • Enhancing Youth Work Services
  • Halving Long Term Youth Unemployment
  • Equality for Young Jobseekers
  • Equality for Young Workers
  • Tackling Youth Homelessness
  • Enhancing Youth Mental Health Supports and Services
  • Easing the Financial Burden on Students in Third Level Education
  • Greater Contribution to the Cost of Alcohol Related Harm




Joining a youth arts project this Autumn - what you need to know

What questions should you be asking before joining a youth arts project? A new guide published by the NYCI Arts Programme aims to help young people and their parents choose the after school activities that are right for them. Find out more here >>

Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures

The most recent issue of the quarterly newsletter on the implementation of the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People and related developments is available online here >>


NYCI Training

Member's News

Registration open for the Young Environmentalist Awards 2018

ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards (YEA) is an all-Ireland environmental awards programme that recognises and rewards young people who raise environmental awareness and improve the environment. Find out more >>

Scouting Ireland news

InsideOut blog: see the latest scout news from around the country in Scouting Ireland's great blog here >>


Gaisce – The President’s Award seeks Marketing Manager

Foroige seeks a youth worker in Tallaght and project worker in Tuam

Crosscare Youth Services have a vacancy for a youth development officer

Limerick Youth Service has a vacancy for a catering instructor working with young people aged 16-21

YMCA in Cork have a vacancy for a part-time project CE Supervisor

Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) Children and Young People’s Participation Hub: Panel of Facilitators

Experienced individuals and organisations / services in child and youth facilitation are sought to collaborate with the DCYA Children and Young People’s Participation Hub. The panel of facilitators will support the Hub in responding to requests for services to give children and young people a voice in decision-making. Find out more >>

Equality 17: Supporting young people to create a more equal world

Youth Work Ireland National Consensus Conference ¦ Royal Hospital Kilmainham ¦ Saturday October 21st, 2017 Book online now>>

Equality 17 Consensus Conference is the highlight of a year-long campaign to support young people to become involved in actions and initiatives that build equality and make Ireland a fairer society for all. The conference will bring together expert speakers, equality based organisations and will provide a space for delegates to learn, connect and get involved in issues that affect them, through practice based workshops, TED style talks, an exhibition space, creative fair, entertainment and much more.


Target Audience

This event is open to young people and those working with young people, who want to become more active in supporting equality in Ireland. It will also be of benefit to those who support youth involvement in equality, and those involved in equality issues who want to engage with young people.

Speakers and Contributors more to be announced...

Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone

Senator David Norris

Chief Commissioner Emily Logan, IHREC

Senator Aodhán Ó’Riordán

Vanessa Lacey TENI

Sinead Kane Motivational Speaker & Disability Activist

Senator Fintan Warfield

Mike Allen, Focus Ireland

Youth Work Ireland Equality Crew Members

Liquid Space - IYMAs 2017 Recipient Act


Workshops more details to be announced...


· Disability Awareness workshop

This interactive workshop facilitated by the Irish Wheelchair Association will support participants to build awareness around issues of disability.

· Work to Learn

This workshop will introduce the Work to Learn job experience programme for young people. The programme employs a youth work approach to support marginalised young people in developing self-esteem, finding pathways to work and strengthening their engagement in mainstream education.


· Status Toolkit Workshop

This workshop will introduce participants to the STATUS Toolkit, a resource which enables youth workers to facilitate greater engagement with young travellers and understand the needs of one of the most marginalised groups of young people in Ireland.


· Influencing Social Change through Action

This workshop is facilitated by the Young Powerful & Paperless youth group (Migrants Rights Centre Ireland) and will demonstrate how young people can advocate for social change. The YPP group will outline the work they have done on their campaign for change, and show how they can be transferable to other young people and other social issues


Exhibition Space & ‘TED’ Style talks

We know that young people want to be part of actions and initiatives that support equality and make Ireland a fairer society for all. The Exhibition Space and TED style stage will allow delegates to link in and learn more about key equality issues in Ireland and how they can become more involved.


Creative Fair: Change - Make Creative Fair!

This creative and interactive space facilitated by Crawford College of Art & Design will provide delegates with the chance to try out arts based tools for campaigns and awareness raising, such as: Badge-making- Make a button badge using collage text and image to share a message or start a conversation. Stencil-making – This can be used on a big or small scale, useful for street art, chalking messages, or repeating text of T-shirts bags, etc. Chalkboard poster - Learn some simple design and drawing techniques to make a vintage chalk board style poster to draw attention to your campaign. Create a Meme - Combine text and photo images to share a message on social media. Stop Motion - Bring messages to life with Stop motion and share on social media. Creative Writing & Magnetic Poetry - Play with words to think creatively about how to encourage others to reflect about the justice/ equality issues that concern you


Equality 17 Partners

Equality 17 has linked in with key partner organisations in Ireland who have expertise in specific equality issues facing young people. These organisations will be present on the day to highlight the key issues that they are campaigning on. These organisations include NYCI, Migrants Rights Centre Ireland, Involve, Belong To, Irish Wheelchair Association, Educate Together, Equate Ireland, Inclusion Ireland and Youth Action Northern Ireland


Book Your Place Now

Cost: E70 /E35 (Externals) E350 Group Booking (Youth Work Ireland Members)

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LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy - written submissions

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has issued a reminder that the process of written submissions  in the development of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy is open until Wednesday 27 September 2017. More details at

The most recent Newsletter update can be found here:


Youth Arts Mentoring Toolkit

Youth Theatre Ireland in partnership with Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS) are pleased to launch a new Youth Arts Mentoring Toolkit. This resource is packed with practical step-by-step advice, tips, templates and examples of best practice. Download your copy here >>

Youth Sector News

Climate Ambassador programme

The Climate Ambassador programme is a new initiative aiming to train and support individuals taking action on climate issues. The programme is co-ordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce with support from the Department of Communication, Climate Action and Environment. The Environmental Education Unit operates some of Ireland’s most successful environmental programmes such as Green-Schools, Blue Flag, Green Campus, Clean Coasts and National Spring Clean.

The effects of climate change are here and now, both at local and global levels. By becoming a Climate Ambassador you have a great opportunity to do something positive within your locality to address this situation. We look forward to working with you on this new and exciting programme of climate actions

Engaging Everyone on the SDGs: Ensuring a Better Future for All

Caroline Petit
Deputy Director of the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)

Keynote address at the IIEA by Caroline Petit, Deputy Director of the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC), on Thursday, 21 September 2017 at 12.45p.m. North Great Georges Street, D1.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was co-facilitated by Ireland, was adopted in New York in 2015 through a participative process with all Member States and the international community. This package of 17 universal and integrated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the roadmap for a better world, a healthier planet and more global justice, leaving no one behind. The United Nations and its team of communication experts are facing the challenge of raising visibility and awareness on the importance of these Goals for everyone. Ms Petit will discuss the important role played by the UNRIC and how the Office promotes Agenda 2030 by sharing success stories, the work of young people and how everyone can contribute to the SDGs.

Caroline Petit is the Deputy Director of the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) and is Deputy Chair of the UN Communication Group of 26 UN agencies. She has over 25 years of international experience in communications, strategic partnerships and public information campaigns; for twelve years she was Head of the Strategic Partnerships Unit at UN Headquarters, and has also worked within the European Commission (EU Media Programme) and film institutions in London and Copenhagen.

RSVP: To register, reply to, stating you wish to attend the [Petit] event in the subject line of your email or by phone on +353-1-8746756.



IDEA training

Webinar: Measuring Impact for longer-term Development Education projects

Date: Wednesday 11 October, 11.30am to 1:00pm

Facilitator: Alasdhair Collins, DP Evaluation, UK

Find out more here...


Workshop: Impact Measurement

Date: Thursday, 26 October, 10:00am – 1:00pm (Registration from 9:45am)

Facilitator: Susan Gallwey

Find out more here...


Webinar: Annual Grants Clinic

Date: 11.30am – 1:00pm, Wednesday 08 November

Facilitator: Frank Geary and Elaine Mahon, IDEA

To register contact

Community Engagement with the SDG Agenda

25 and 26 September, Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. Donegal County Council, as part of the LADDER Project, are holding a 2 day event to review and discuss Community focused Development Education and Public Engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals. The emphasis will be on reviewing the lessons learned from this DEAR-funded project (LADDER) over the past 3 years. The event will also provide opportunities for future planning and learning for Local Authorities, Community groups and NGOs involved in awareness raising of the SDGs. For more information contact: Maire Ni Fhearraigh –, Patsy Toland -

The danger of a Single Story - Training Course

19 - 26 November 2017 | Horažďovice (1 hour from Prague), Czech Republic
Are you interested in global education? Do you want to fight intolerance, racism & hate speech? Do you believe that education should help to build different narratives based on equality, understanding of global issues & cooperation? Deadline 5 October 2017
See details and apply >>


LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy - written submissions

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs are now inviting written submissions to the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy. Please complete this template if you would like to make a written submission to the strategy.

Completed templates should be submitted via email to or via post to LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy, Floor 5, DCYA, 43-49 Mespil Road, Dublin 4, D04 YP52 by
close of business Wednesday 27 September 2017.

Children’s Research Network

Mentoring programme

As a new offer to members, the Children's Research Network have launched a structured research mentoring programme targeted at practitioner researchers and other professionals engaged in research with children and young people outside of academic structures and thus without the same access to support and supervision. The new programme is particularly relevant for early years educators, youth workers, social workers, teachers and research interested professionals working with children, young people and/or families. Link


Summer school
The Children’s Research Network is holding the next summer school workshop on ' Recruitment and Sampling'. This will take place at our office in 9 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 on Thursday, 7th of September 6-8pm. Click here to read more. The Children’s Research Network Summer School is a series of evening workshops that include:

Statistical Analysis - 14th September
Practitioner Research and applying Research to Practice - 21st September
Ethics - 28th September
Practical Writing Workshop - 5th October
Qualitative Data Collection methods - 12th October
Reporting quantitative findings - 26th October

The workshop registration fee for CRN Members is €10 and Non-Members is €20. A special offer of signing up to five workshops at a reduced rate is available. Click here for more information.

Children’s Research Network Annual Conference

The theme of this year’s Conference is ‘Children and young people’s participation’. Giving voice to children and young people is a key priority in research, practice and policymaking. Recent years have seen considerable progress in involving children and young people, however barriers continue to exist.
We are extending the closing date for Network Members to submit an abstract to the 6th Children’s Research Network for Ireland and Northern Ireland Conference to the 14th of September. Click here for more information.

Creativity & Change - Accredited Award open for applications

Nurturing Change-Makers, Imagining a Better World. CIT- Crawford College of Art and Design. The Creativity & Change programme targets change-makers, educators, activists, artists, community workers, adult education tutors, youth workers, volunteers and anyone who is interested how creative engagement can nurture global citizenship and empathic action around local and global justice themes.Find out more about the Accredited award, hear the stories of previous participants and how to connect to CIT online application here


Seanad Éireann Youth debate

As part of the Vótáil100 programme Seanad Éireann will host a debate for transition year students from around Ireland. The students selected to participate will have the opportunity to develop their confidence to present in front of an audience. They will also get an insight into the role of the Oireachtas, gender equality, the role of civil society in democracy, and the legacy of the women who fought for the vote. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, 29 September 2017. Find out more >>

Anna Lindh Foundation: Mediterranean Journalist Award

Calling journalists of the Euro-Mediterranean region to submit their works for the 10th edition of the Mediterranean Journalist Award: Deadline to apply: 27th September 2017

The 10th edition of the Mediterranean Journalists Awards of the Anna Lindh Foundation will reward productions tackling intercultural issues between and within Euro-Mediterranean societies, ranging from diversity, tolerance, freedom of expression, fighting xenophobia, extremism and terrorism. Special attention will be given to works focusing on the theme “Intercultural Cities and Migration”, as announced on the occasion of the Anna Lindh Foundation MED FORUM.

A jury made up of eminent media professionals and outstanding intellectuals will select the winners to be awarded during a prestigious awarding ceremony in Brussels at the start of December 2017 at the European Parliament.

More information:


Anna Lindh Foundation

P.O. Box 732 El Mansheia, Alexandria, Al Iskandarlyah, 21111, Egypt


MA in Global Youth Work with Games and Digital Media

This course aims to equip youth workers with the analytical capabilities and the technical skills to engage young people in critical social education through creative interactive technologies. Find further information here >>

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