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Clár na nÓg February 2011

The upcoming election is one of those pivotal elections that will shape the country for the next decade or so.  For young people it is a crucial moment. With record levels of youth unemployment, emigration along with increasing demand and reduced resources for youthwork, education and health services it is vital that young people and those working with young people engage in the democratic process and cast their vote.

While it is true that young people under 25 are less likely to vote than older citizens, more than 50% of them do. NYCI has always highlighted that fact and sought to encourage and support those who are sceptical of the reasons why voting is essential if you want to change things, despite the flaws and failings of our democratic system. 


NYCI is analysing all the party manifestos prior to the election and in the post election period will be engaging with the new Government and opposition to ensure that issues like youthwork, youth unemployment, early school leaving, mental health services, the children’s right referendum and alcohol misuse are high on the agenda of any new administration. Apart from the policy agenda all the parties are proposing radical reform of our political system and much greater scrutiny of public spending. Action in these areas is vital if we are to recover and restore some hope and confidence for the future. NYCI looks forward to engaging in debates and discussions over the next number of years.


Mary Cunningham



In this issue


Upcoming NYCI trainings


Youth Work News

Members News

Other News


Upcoming NYCI Trainings

Embedding Diversity – February 24th, Waterford

Global Justice in Youth Work FETAC Level 5 – Part 1– March 3rd – 5th, Dublin

Let’s Leave it Till Later, March 9th – 10th, Dublin

A Creative Approach to Drugs & Alcohol Work, March 10th – 11th, Dublin

Health Promotion in Youth Work and the National Quality Standards Framework, March 14th, Dublin

Designing & Developing a Child Protection Policy & Code of Behaviour, March 21st

Graphic Harvesting, March 21st, FilmBase, Temple Bar, Dublin

Good Practice in Sexual Health Promotion, March 22nd, Dublin

Mindout, March 23rd & 24th, Dublin

Global Justice in Youth Work FETAC Level 5 – Part 2 – March 24th -26th, Dublin

Let’s Beat Bullying, March 29th, Galway

Early Recognition & Management of Psychosis, April 1st, Cork

International Youth Work & Development Education, April 5th, Dublin

Health Promotion in Youth Work and the National Quality Standards Framework, April 7th, Dublin

Designated Person Training, April 11th – 13th

A Creative Approach to Drugs & Alcohol Work, April 12th- 13th, Cork

Designated Person Training for Volunteer Club Leaders, April 27th


  Launch of ‘The Forgotten Generation’ research  

On January 25th we launched our youth unemployment research entitled ‘The Forgotten Generation’ in Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2. This was the first time that any research has been conducted on the lived experience of young unemployed people in Ireland. The results provided a worrying and shocking insight into the difficulties faced by young jobseekers across the country and was picked up widely in the media.

The main findings from the research include:

  • All respondents agreed that the prospect for securing rewarding employment in Ireland is not very good.
  • 70% agreed that is likely they will emigrate in the next 12 months.
  • 90% agreed that being unemployed has a negative effect on my sense of wellbeing.
  • Only 32% awarded a mid-point satisfaction with their meeting with Social Welfare.
  • Half of the respondents rated the quality of the information or support provided with a Job Facilitator at Social Welfare as unsatisfactory to poor.

To download the report and see photos from the event visit


International Opportunities through NYCI


There are a number of interesting and funded opportunities at an international level for young people and youth workers to participate in. See the international section on NYCI’s for all the details of these and all other opportunities. 


Empowering 2 Lead Uth, Switzerland, 9th -17th April

Exploring Youth Participation, Athlone, March 30th


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 or Rosie to get a copy sent out.

Youth Work News Launches ‘Super Hero Grants’ Youth Civic Grants Scheme

Recession, depression, corruption and climate change - Ireland needs some super-heroes to save the day and is starting a nationwide quest to find them. are launching a unique new micro-grant scheme entitled ‘ Super Hero Grants’ scheme, supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies designed to support young people in becoming active to bring about social justice in Ireland. 

All young people between 15-25 years of age who want to develop a new or existing project are invited to apply online via the website. Successful applicants will be awarded a bursary of €250 to help turn their ideas into action and will be linked in to a national network of progressive young change makers. The scheme opens for applications on February 7th and applications are accepted until February 28th. More information is available at:  


Youth Assembly taking place


The Youth Assembly will take place on the weekend of 25th - 27th February in Carlingford, Co. Louth. This is a Leadership course aimed at Irish speakers in the 16 to 18 year age group. To participate people have to be registered as members of Feachtas (the fee is 5 per year). For more information then contact Liam at 087 904 6136 or


Beidh Cruinniú na nÓg ann ar an 25ú go dtí an 27ú de Mhí Feabhra 2011 i gCairlinn Co na Lú. Is cúrsa cinnireachta é seo atá dírithe ar dhaoine óga idir 16 agus 18 mbliana d’aois. Beidh muid ag fágáil BÁC thart fá 4 in ar an Aoine agus beidh muid ar ais thart fá 2 i.n ar an Domhnach. ( Cuirfear na sonraí ar aghaidh chomh luath is atá siad críochnaithe). Má tá suim ag duine ar bith, caithfidh siad a bheith cláraithe mar Bhall do Fheachtas  - 5e atá ar an Bhallraíocht. Má tá tuilleadh eolais uaitse déan teagmháil liomsa ag 087 9046136 nó ag  chomh luath agus is féidir.


FETAC Level 5 in Youth Work Studies available

The Liberties College is holding an interview day on Saturday 5th March. This is planned to be the only date for interviews for course admission in the 2011/2012 academic year. If you are interested in exploring the opportunities this course can offer you, visit NYCI works in partnership with Liberties College to deliver FETAC Level 5 Global Justice in Youth Work training to youth workers on this course.

Zambia-Ireland Exchange Corner

Throughout 2011, NYCI will continue to support those individuals and organisations who participated in this youth worker exchange by providing fora for contact and ongoing involvement in youth work and development education with young people in Ireland and Zambia. A new 'exchange corner' is now in place for those involved in the exchange to share their experience, views and feedback of their participation. Each month an article will be featured by an individual or organisation involved in the exchange. This month's article is written by Himba Malambo who was a Zambian participant in the 2009 youth worker exchange. For more information visit


Members News

2011 Global Awareness Programme scholarship

The Global Awareness Programme is an exciting training, volunteering and awareness raising project focusing on HIV/AIDS.Four people will be chosen to participate on the programme.The participants will attend training on HIV/AIDS issues in Ireland; attend training on media skills; volunteer for 8 weeks in a HIV&AIDS organisation in South Africa or Nigeria; and plan and implement an awareness raising campaign around HIV&AIDS on their return to Ireland.

Bursaries are available to help with the costs.For further information, including an application form, visit or contact Caterina Totaro at or 021-455 1535. The closing date for applications is 5pm on March 25th.

Galway World Cup Fun Weekend 2011


The Galway World Cup Fun Weekend is a two day event for young people aged between 14-16 taking place in Westside Community Resource Centre, Seamus Quirke Road on 24th & 25th of June. The tournament offers an opportunity for young people to come together to promote self esteem, teamwork, friendship, social, personal and educational skills, sportsmanship, and intercultural awareness. In addition it offers the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people attending GOAL Street Children’s Project in Kenya, Africa.


You can apply online at If you do not receive acknowledgement of entry or require information contact Kate Cameron on 091 554 420. Spaces are limited and the closing date is March 31st.


Upcoming ECO-UNESCO Training Courses    


ECO-UNESCO are hosting a number of courses over the coming weeks including:

  • ECO-UNESCO’s Drug Prevention Training for Trainers on 8th March.
  • ECO-UNESCO’s ECO-Community Garden Training on 15th March.
  • ECO-UNESCO’s Introduction to Environmental Education on 29th March.

All of the above courses will be held at ECO-UNESCO, The Greenhouse, 17 St. Andrew Street, Dublin 2. For further information please contact ECO-UNESCO on 01-6625491; E-mail or visit

In addition the closing date for submission of projects to ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2011 
is Friday, February 25th. The Awards recognise and reward the achievements of young people in environmental protection and are open to any group of young people, aged 10-18, who want to take action on key environmental issues such as climate change, energy, waste, biodiversity, transport and more...


VSI opportunties  

VSI is now taking applications for its 2011 Development Education Volunteer Programme to Africa, Asia and Latin America. The two month programme enables people to gain an insight and understanding of different development issues facing people and the countries by participating in voluntary work projects, of practical benefit to local communities. A Preparation and Orientation programme for all volunteers and a workshop will take place on 9/10th April in Greystones, Co. Wicklow.

In addition there is a VSI Information Event at Irish Aid Volunteer Centre, Dublin at 6.30pm on March 3rd. This evening gives the opportunity tofind out about a wide range of international volunteer projects at home and across the world which you can be involved with this year through VSI.

Other News

Office Manager required at Community Creations &
Community Creations, the leading non-profit organisation behind and, is recruiting an Office Manager to join our team in a new Dublin city centre office. If you are experienced, talented and committed to creating positive social change then Community Creations could be for you. For more information and online application visit The closing date is Monday, 28th February.