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Clár na nÓg - September 2010

September issue of Clár na nÓg




Two years on from the dramatic decisions of September 2008, the recession and high levels of unemployment show no signs of abating. What is clear is that there will be no easy or quick resolution to the mess we find ourselves in.


The Government and political system as a whole has the primary responsibility to devise a way of out of the crisis, but NYCI also believes that individuals, communities and civil society also have a crucial role to play. The lessons of the last unemployment crisis in the 1980’s and early 1990s were that partnership and participation at local and national level were required to undo the damage of years of long term unemployment. We appear slow to heed those lessons at present.


NYCI has been calling for a Government plan and strategy to address the needs of the 95,000 young people under 25 on the live register. However in the spirit of contributing to the development of solutions as well as highlighting the problems, we are holding a National Youth Employment Conference in Croke Park on October 5th.


The one day event is designed to bring together young jobseekers, youth and community leaders working with young unemployed people and a range of personnel from the public sector engaged in service delivery and policy development to begin a dialogue, motivate people and come up with practical proposals. We have some interesting speakers lined up from academia and business as well as political representatives, but we are particularly looking forward to getting the feedback and views of young jobseekers in the workshop sessions.


For more information visit


Mary Cunningham



Upcoming NYCI trainings:


Sep 14th – Building Self Esteem, Castlebar

Sep 21st & 22nd – Let’s Leave it Till Later –Delay Training, Dundalk

Sep 23rd - Child Protection Awareness Programme, Dublin

Sep 28th – Embedding Diversity in Youth Work, Dublin

Sep 29th & 30th – Let’s Leave it Till Later – Delay Training, Cork  

Oct 4th - Training in Child Protection for Boards of Management

Oct 6th & 7th - Leave it till Later - Delay Training, Limerick

Oct 7th - Digital Filmmaking, Galway

Oct 13th & 14th - ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Dublin /Leinster region

Oct 14th & 15th - Training for Trainers in the Child Protection Awareness Programme, Galway

Oct 19th & 20th - ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Tullamore

Oct 21st – Tackling Racism, Cork

Oct 28th & 29th -Challenging Encounters, Cork

Nov 4th & 5th - ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Dublin /Leinster region

Nov 4th & 5th - Developing Intercultural Policies and Implementation plans, Dublin

Nov 9th - Developing Peer Education Programmes, Dublin

Nov 9th - Child Protection Awareness Programme, Dublin

Nov 10th & 11thLeave it till Later - Delay Training, Kerry

Nov 10th - Practical Supports for doing Intercultural Youth Work, Limerick

Nov 16th - Documenting your Youth Arts Projects, Cork

Nov 18th & 19th - Let’s Leave it Till Later – Delay Training, Bray

Nov 25th – Defusing Anger, Waterford  

Nov 30th – Funding Development Education, Limerick


For further information visit  or to book a place contact Elaine or Lisa on 01-478 4122/e-mail   


Funding News

Proposals sought for support to youth workers’ mobility and exchanges

Youth in Action funding (Action 4.3c) is available aiming to support, on an experimental basis, youth workers' mobility and exchanges with a view to promoting the acquisition of new skills and competences in order to enrich their profile as professionals in the youth field, as well as to help them better adapt to the changing needs of young people. It will also contribute to the capacity-building and the development of the structures involved.

Deadline for submission of applications: 22nd Oct 2010(date of the postmark being conclusive)
Projects must start between 1st Mar 2011 & 30th June 2011
Duration of project: Max 12 months
Duration of activity: Min 2 months & max 6 months

Find all the information below or on the European Commission website at -

Call for Proposals on theme of ‘Cities, Migrants & Diversity’

The Anna Lindh Foundation is seeking project proposals on the priority theme of ‘Cities, Migrants and Diversity’. Proposals should acknowledge the importance of diversity in communities; encourage a support the establishment of local partnerships for change and exchange; promote and support a culture of peace and coexistence.  Priority target groups are women and young people.

The allocated financial envelope for this Call for Proposals is 500,000 Euros, with minimum grants available at €10,000 & maximum grant available at €20,000. The deadline is Nov 1st 2010 at 16.00 Egyptian Time (GMT+2).

In order to apply and to download the full guidelines of the Call please visit:



National Youth Employment Conference

On October 5th NYCI is hosting a one day conference on youth employment and unemployment entitled ‘Opportunities, not Knocks’ at Croke Park Conference Centre. The event will aim to look at tackling youth unemployment, enhancing job prospects, providing education and training along with reforming the public employment services. The key speaker for the event is Professor Paul Gregg, Advisor to the UK Government on labour policy and welfare reform. The registration fee is free for young jobseekers with a limited number of travel refunds available, €40 for Community and Voluntary sector participants and €80 for State bodies, private sector and academics. For more details visit


To book a place or for further information contact Rosie Boyle on 01-478 4122 or e-mail       


Annual Conference Open for Bookings - Dealers in Happiness


For 2010 NYCI’s annual conference is entitled “Dealers in Happiness” and will focus on the role of youth workers in promoting positive mental health in young people. It will take place on November 29th at the Emmaus Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin.


It will examine the role of the youth worker in promoting positive mental health and will focus on practical models of intervention to up-skill youth workers in their work. As usual it will consist of a mixture of key inputs, round-table discussions, a Panel Q&A Session and thematic group discussions. Early registration is recommended and the registration fee is €45.


To book a place contact Lisa Hyland or Elaine Lowry on 01-478 4122 or e-mail   


Starting Out Volunteer Pack Now Available

‘Starting Out’ The National Induction Training Programme for Volunteers engaged in Youth Work Practice provides a framework for the content and learning outcomes for training volunteers.

In response to an identified need the resource was created to support the development of a nationally agreed, standardised programme for training volunteers in the youth work sector in Ireland. This work is part of an overall commitment by the Youth Affairs section of the OMCYA to develop a quality, effective and value for money youth service for young people in Ireland and should be viewed as complementing the Quality Standards Framework (QSF) for youth work.

To download the resource visit or call us on 01-478 4122 for a copy.


One World Week


This year One World Week is taking place from 13th-21st November and the theme is ‘Images and Messages of Development’. A new education resource ‘Framing Our World’ critically examines images and messages we receive about the Global South and raises awareness of the often biased stereotypes they project. It also looks at how they inform our opinions of individuals from the Global South living in Ireland.


The pack contains 17 activities and includes a set of photographs. For a copy of the pack or to attend a two-hour ‘taster’ training session that will take place in various locations around the country, contact There will be a central event in Cork on 13th November and in Dublin on 20th November where youth groups will come together to display their work carried out for One World Week.

Framing Our World (not sure when Clar is going out but these trainings are coming up on 9, 16 and 21 September so please include the relevant ones depending on when you send it out)


Youth Work News


Claiming Our Future Debate


'Claiming Our Future's' is a national event taking place in the RDS Dublin on October 30th 2010. The will provide an opportunity for all the different sectors of civil society to come together and stake our claim to Ireland's future. In the run up to this event there are going to be local groups established all over Ireland to create an opportunity for everyone to have an input and for their voice to be heard.


The reason behind the event is due to the deep dissatisfaction with, and concerned about, the current direction of Government policy in response to the economic recession. It is essential young people are involved in every step of this process as they will play a major role in the local groups and the national event.


To find out more about the event and how to get involved contact Aoife Price at

Members News

ECO-UNESCO Trainings

The environmental and youth organisation ECO-UNESCO is holding a range of training courses and events over the next few months.

  • Sustain It! Becoming a Sustainable Organisation: 28 September
  • Introduction to Sustainable Development (FETAC Accredited Module - L5) 10-WeekCourse: beginning Thu 7th October.
  • Introduction to Sustainable Development (FETAC Accredited Module - L5) Intensive Course: Fri 29th & Sat 30th October /Fri 26th & Sat 27th November.

All of the above courses will be held at ECO-UNESCO, The Greenhouse, 17 St. Andrew Street, Dublin 2. For further information, please contact them on 01-662 5491, or visit

In addition the organisation is hosting a conference entitled ‘Youth for the FutureLearning to Change our World’on 22nd September at their premises. The free day will involve learning and reflection through workshops, keynote speeches, exhibition of projects and interactive activities.

To register contact Jerrieann Sullivan, ECO-UNESCO Youth for Sustainable Development Programme Co-ordinator on or 01-662 5491/085 7676 089

Active Citizenship Week

Junior Chamber International Ireland are running an Active Citizenship Week from October 3rd to 10th. The aim of the week is to create awareness of all the great things that people are doing around Ireland for each other. By creating awareness of the excellent work being done we hope to can encourage more people to become Active Citizens.

By visiting the website you can meet the mascot Active Alfie who will provide lots of volunteering advice on how to become an active citizen. In addition the campaign is asking people to pledge to do 1 of 50 simple tasks that will help them in the mission to become an active citizen.  

New Book from Irish Girl Guides


The Irish Girl Guides & Liberties Press are delighted to announce the publication of ‘A Hundred Years A-Growing: A History of the Irish Girl Guides’by Gillian Finan. Coinciding with the IGG centenary this book with images from the past 100 years, documents the organisation.


‘A Hundred Years A-Growing’looks at the challenges encountered by the Guides as they battled discrimination, poor funding and weak organisation, as well as the upheavals wrought by civil war and the world wars. The book examines the growing international aspects of the organisation and the way the core ethos of the Guides has remained unchanged through the years. Accompanied by hundreds of rare and unpublished photographs spanning the decades, we chart the Guides’ development and contribution to Irish life.


The book is available to buy at


National Youth Orchestra of Ireland

For the first time ever the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland (NYOI) and the Irish Youth Choir (IYC) came together for a week long residential course at the University of Limerick. The first performance took place in St. Finbarr’s Church, Bantry and both organisations were delighted perform at the prestigious West Cork Chamber Music Festival. This was followed by a journey to Wexford Opera House and the finale took place at the National Concert Hall with the choir, orchestra and fantastic soloists Cara O’Sullivan and Owen Gilhooly.

With NYOI celebrating 40 years, The Brendan Voyage in its 30th Anniversary year and Granuaile in its 25th Anniversary year a number of concerts took place to celebrate our Irish heritage and the symphony orchestra. The old and new joined together as the original frontline soloists – Rita Connolly, Liam O’Flynn, Helen Davies, Jimmy Smyth and Noel Eccles – headlined the show alongside 90 of Ireland’s most talented young musicians and conducted by Gearóid Grant. On the three day tour, St. Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny was the first stop, Cork was the second location and the finale took place in the National Concert Hall in Dublin.