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Clár na nÓg April 2011

The election and the formation of a new Government presents opportunities and challenges for the youth sector. We warmly welcomed the establishment of a new Department of Children with a Minister at full cabinet rank.

We also congratulate Minister Frances Fitzgerald T.D. on her appointment and look forward to working with her. She has been very supportive of NYCI and youth work; indeed she attended and spoke at our annual conference in 2007.  In the coming weeks we will be meeting with the Minister to brief her on our work and to progress a range of issues for the youth sector.


There was some concern in the days after the formation of the Government that the place of youth work in the new institutional framework was not apparent. We were also concerned that “Youth Affairs” had been omitted from the title and it was unclear as to who had ministerial responsibility for youth affairs and youth work.  It is vital that we had the capacity to engage on a political level as well as on an official level, which is why it is important to have a Minister with responsibility for the sector.


Since then we have had discussions with the senior officials and it has been confirmed that the youth affairs unit would remain an integral part of the new Ministry and that ongoing work, such as the youth policy framework would be continued.


We also engaged with relevant Ministers and officials in relation to the name of the Ministry. We were pleased last week when the Government confirmed while announcing its legislative agenda that the new Ministry would be called ‘The Department of Children and Youth Affairs’. This was further confirmed in a parliamentary reply by the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore in a reply to a Dáil question on April 10th


NYCI has also been engaging with other Ministers in relevant portfolios. Late last month Minister Joan Burton T.D. launched our position paper on youth unemployment.  We will also be meeting with the key spokespersons in the opposition to brief and work with them to ensure that the Government is held to account in relation to its commitments to young people and the youth sector.

Mary Cunningham



Upcoming NYCI Trainings

  • Designated Person Training for Volunteer Club Leaders, April 27th
  • Child Protection Awareness Programme, May 7th, Cork
  • Leave it till later - Delay Training, May 25th & 26th, Cork
  • Health Promoting Youth Organisation - Health Quality Mark Network Meetings, June 7th, Dublin; June 9th, Galway & June 14th, Kerry
  • See for more details



Launch of ‘Creating a Better Future for Young Jobseekers’ position paper

On March 31st Minister Joan Burton launched our youth unemployment position paper ‘Creating a Better Future for Young Jobseekers’ in the European Parliament Offices, Dublin 2. The event was well attended with a number of Ministers in attendance alongside youth workers and young people. The report is a result of 18 months of consultation with young jobseekers, experts and stakeholders along with research and analysis of existing actions and policies to date.

To download the report and see photos from the event visit


Creating a Framework for North South Cooperation in the Youth Sector

On April 19th the National Youth Council of Ireland, Youth Net and the Youth Council for Northern Ireland are hosting a conference entitled ‘Creating A Framework for North South Cooperation in the Youth Sector’. The one day conference is for key stakeholders to discuss priority issues. The aim is to form the basis for the creation of a detailed, three year programme of cooperation. To reserve a place contact or call 028-903 31880/01-478 4122.


International Opportunities with NYCI

Check out for international opportunities for young people and youth workers such as:

EU Conference on Dialogue between Young People & EU Commission, Belgium

  • Believe in Dialogue, Act for Citizenship, Tunisia
  • Youth in Action - Contact Making Seminar, Croatia
  • The Power of Non Formal Education, Prague
  • Youth Arts Practice Summer School         


This is a three day residential summer school in Cork from June 15th-18th. The training is tailored to offer those in the youth work sector an opportunity to develop new skills for arts work with young people. Workshops include Digital Filmmaking for Youth Workers, Visual Art for Youth Workers, Street Art & Spectacle for Youth Workers and Drama & Masks for Youth Workers. The Summer School will take place in UCC and the cost is€200.00 for all accommodation, food and workshops (€150.00 for early bird bookings by May 15th).

Bookings open on Friday, April 15th and the booking form will be available online at To register your interest or for more information, contact, including Youth Arts Summer School in the subject title.

Specialist Certificate in Youth Health Open for applications

NYCI invites applications for the Specialist Certificate in Youth Health Promotion 2011/2012 which is delivered by our National Youth Health Programme (Accredited by NUI Galway). This course aims to encourage, support and facilitate youth organisations to become effective settings for health promotion while working within the National Quality Standards Framework for youth work. The closing date for applications is 30th June.

For further information visit or to book a place contact Kevin O’Hagan on 01-478 4122 or e-mail  

Starting Out Volunteer Pack Now Available         

The National Youth Council of Ireland has produced ‘Starting Out’ The National Induction Training Programme for Volunteers engaged in Youth Work Practice, which is now available online with the introduction available in print form. ‘Starting Out’ recognises the value of volunteering and ensures all new volunteers working in the sector can gain support and training under a standardised framework with accompanying materials as part of the induction process.

All volunteers who complete the elements of the resource can receive a certificate of completion by contacting us on 01-478 4122 or To download the resource visit or contact Geraldine/Rosie to get a copy sent out.


Youth Work News


Upcoming ‘Education for All?’ Event

Youth Advocate Programmes (YAP) are hosting an event ‘Education for All?’ on May 18th at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin from 10am. The aim of the event is to bring together families and young people involved in the YAP service with practitioners and policy makers in the fields of education, health, social services, youth justice, voluntary and community organisations to identify challenges and opportunities in education.

On the day there will be presentations by young people, parents and workers on each of the above themes, followed by round table discussions where participants will reflect on the presentations and agree on solutions to form part of the recommendations from the event. To book a place, contact Karen Nulty on 046-905 1950 or e-mail



NYCI Members News     


BeLonG To launch anti-homophobic advertisement

On March 31st Dominic Hannigan T.D, launched BeLonG To’s Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Week which aims to promote friendship amongst young people as a way to combat homophobic bullying. As part of the campaign the organisation has produced a anti-homophobic bullying advertisement to highlight the issue which can be viewed at

For more information on the Stand Up! campaign please visit:


ECO-UNESCO Programmes for 2011 Online

The environmental education and youth organisation ECO-UNESCO has made their activities and trainings for 2011 available online. Two prospectuses covering children and young people’s programmes and trainings are available to download at

In addition until May 6th the public can vote for the greenest teens in online poll for ‘The People’s Choice Award’ at the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2011. All the shortlisted projects are available to view at Projects this year include everything from ECO-Energy drinks made of seaweed, paperless schools, and even a dam-building project called ‘Stop Energy Crime with our Corrib Turbine’. The winner will get the chance to have their project viewed by President Mary McAleese at the showcase and ceremony in Dublin on May 18th.


Application deadline for Youth Citizenship Awards approaching

The Foroige and Permanent TSB Programme and Awards are seeking applications for 2011 by April 15th. This programme enables young people to make a positive difference to the world around them. It challenges the negative perception of young people that is often reported in the media and sees them as part of the solution, not the problem.

Citizenship is about more than legal rights and duties; it is about people working together for the common good and creating a better society with greater caring, community spirit and social justice. Young people have a vital role to play in this process and this programme use easy activities and steps to show them how. For more information and to download the application form visit:


Operation Sign up unveiled!

The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) has unveiled their ‘Operation Sign-Up’ housing initiative. The initiative encourages and supports people with disabilities who wish to live in their own homes, but are unable to do so from their own resources, to apply for social housing through city and county councils.

To make the process easier to apply for social housing IWA has produced a simple and easy to follow guide available to download on from local IWA centres located throughout the country. For further information call 01-818 6400 or e-mail


Human Rights in Under a Minute Challenge

The ‘Human Rights in Under a Minute Challenge’ is a new stream of the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards aimed at young people in Irish secondary schools. We are calling on young people across Ireland to create their own human rights film on a subject they are passionate about. The challenge is to make every second count, because your film must be less than a minute long!

The winning film will be featured on TV and online on RTÉ Young People’s Two Tube programme. It will also be showcased at our star-studded Awards gala in Dublin in summer 2011. For more information and to apply as either a class or an individual student, download the application form

Youth Work Ireland secure partnership with B&Q

Youth Work Ireland has secured a three year partnership with B&Q,the home improvement and garden centre retailer. The partnership will focus on a new community strategy that focuses on giving young people the opportunity and confidence to take on DIY and home improvement projects of their own. 

As part of this, B&Q employees will work alongside young people at a local level and pass on a wide range of practical skills. Each of its nine stores and the company’s head office in Liffey Valley will be twinned with a local youth group and embark on a range of exciting community projects.

For more information visit:

Countdown to No Name Club Youth Awards

On April 16th No Name Club will be hosting their National Youth Awards & Gala Dinner. Up to 1,000 No Name Club hosts and hostesses along with their adult leaders will be taking part in this night of fun, enjoyment and celebration of youth achievement.

The 12 finalists going forward for the titles of No Name Club Host and Hostess of the Year recently came together as their one-to-one interviews were held in Portlaoise ahead of the final. Congratulations to all the finalists for reaching this stage of the competition, an achievement they should be very proud of. Visit for more information.


Election Results Revealed for Macra na Feirme

The results of the Macra na Feirme Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections were announced in the Irish Farm Centre earlier this month. Alan Jagoe, a 28 year old dairy, beef and tillage farmer from Carrigaline Co. Cork has been declared the 33rd Macra na Feirme National President. Kieran O’Dowd from South Sligo Macra Club, honorary treasurer and board member of NYCI was declared the winner in the north-west while William Holohan from Mullinavat Macra club in Kilkenny has been elected as Leinster Vice President. They join Tommy Moyles from Ballinascarthy Macra club who was elected unopposed for the Munster position. More information is available at