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Clár na nÓg February 2012

Following the challenges and successes of an eventful 2011, a new year bringing new challenges is well and truly upon us.

Although difficulties in the youth work sector will continue in 2012, with many budgetary measures set to affect us all this year, we must look forward to the coming year with optimism and seek out opportunities to be positive and celebrate the great work going on around us.In this spirit, NYCI has organised two events to kickstart 2012 in a positive vein - by celebrating what is positive in youth work and what is positive in the energy of young people and their power to drive change.
The NYCI Seminar “Making the Case for Development Education in Youth Work” taking place in the National Library on Thursday 9th February, will showcase examples of the exceptional quality of development education activity happening in Ireland, and remind the Oireachtas members invited of the powerful work being carried out up and down the country by young people involved in global youth work.
The NYCI Youth Conference “Vote@16: Young People, Young Voters, Young Voices”  taking place in the Morrison on Saturday 11th February, marks the beginning of a year of advocacy events and campaigning around this issue in the build up to Ireland’s Presidency of the EU in 2013. It will provide a timely opportunity for youth groups and young people to make their voices heard on the issue and shape the campaign this year.
Youth workers and young people can register to participate in either event here.
The National Quality Standards framework (NQSF) represents another opportunity this year. For those National Organisations that have been selected for assessment in 2012, we will be facilitating cluster groups which will act as a support network for those involved to share information and learning. While for those who have not been selected, but are working towards enhancing the quality of their youth work practice throughout this year, our on-demand trainings designed to support organisations in implementing and meeting good practice standards in a wide range of areas will support you in your efforts. See here for advice and further information on which trainings best meet your organisation’s needs.

I know that the youth sector will meet the challenges of 2012 head on, and I believe that a year from today we will again be celebrating all that is good in youth work in Ireland, and looking forward to a better future for our young people.
Mary Cunningham


NYCI provides tailored trainings and Continuing Professional Development in the areas of:

  • Youth Health
  • Youth Arts
  • Development Education
  • Equality & Interculturalism
  • Child Protection

For further details on how you or your organisation can benefit from NYCI Trainings in 2012 please visit e-mail or contact Lisa or Elaine on 01-478 4122.  



Upcoming NYCI events: 2 DATES FOR YOUR DIARY!

Seminar:Making the Case for Development Education in Youth Work’

When: Thursday 9th February 2012

Where: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

What: The National Youth Council of Ireland invites you to a seminar to showcase good development education practice in the youth sector and to explore the policy context in which good youth work happens.

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Conference: Vote@16 Youth Conference

When: Saturday 11th February 2012

Where: The Morrison, Ormond Quay, Dublin City Centre

What: Conference for young people who want to see the voting age for young people reduced in Ireland and participate in a national campaign to reduce the voting age to 16

Who: Young people and youth workers are invited to participate in this event

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Call for Projects: Solidarity Between Generations
2012 is the European year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. NYCI is representing the youth sector on the National Steering Group.

Call for projects:

  • Do you have experience or knowledge of a project with a focus on solidarity between generations?
  • Are you interested in running a project this year that would focus on younger and older people working together?

If so, contact us to find out more about the opportunities available to your group. 

Solidarity Between Generations Conference
A conference to launch the European Year in Dublin Castle will be held on the 9th of February. There will be opportunities during the conference to explore ways in which groups can focus on Solidarity between Generations work in 2012.
If you, or the young people you work with, are interested in attending, and/or inputting formally, please contact Anne Walsh at NYCI

Call for Participants: Research on Youth Emigration
NYCI is looking for young Irish people between the ages of 18 to 25 who have left Ireland in the last two years, to participate in a piece of qualitative research on youth emigration.

This information will greatly assist us to provide better policy and practical advice to young people facing the prospect of emigration.

Anyone between 18 – 25 years of age, who has left Ireland in last 2 years to work, study or travel abroad and would be interested in participating in a study on youth emigration.


Maximise your potential for funding! Questionnaire on international participation by youth organisations

The NYCI International Programme is seeking responses to its European/International Questionnaire to ensure that all youth organisations maximize their potential for EU funding and policy information that might benefit their organisation and young members.

Please circulate the questionnaire widely to ensure as many people as possible are made aware of international and European opportunities.

See for more details.

International Funding Opportunities
Ireland has been allocated over €2 million for 2012 for youth work/youth in action projects. There is funding available through Leargas to organise activities and events in support of greater European active citizenship both here in Ireland and also between Ireland and other EU countries.

Find out more>>

Latest International Opportunities
The NYCI International section website contains a wealth of opportunities, exchanges and programmes. This month keep your eye out for the European Youth Prize as well as upcoming funding deadlines, training and more.   

See menu of opportunities>>

NYCI Annual Report 2011
To get a snapshot of all the advocacy and practice work, programmes and events, which went into making 2011 another busy year of working effectively to represent and support the interests of voluntary youth organisations and acting on issues that impact on young people, download your copy of the  NYCI Annual Report:

Download NYCI Annual Report 2011 here >>


Leargas: Hook Up information sessions
Are you working with young people aged 16-30?
Are you looking for exciting opportunities for the young people you work with?
Would you like to add a creative, diverse and intercultural element to your work?
Find out more >>

Call for participants: 'Show Racism the Red Card’
Show Racism the Red Card is calling for teachers, tutors and youth workers to register their groups to participate in the Anti- Racism Creative Competition 2012.  Deadline for entries will be the last Friday of February.  The competition is open to primary and secondary schools and also youth services and Youthreach Centres. 
Find out more >>

EIL Global Awareness Programme 2012
The Global Awareness Programme is an exciting training, volunteering and awareness raising project focusing on HIV/AIDS.
Closing date for applications is 20th of March at 5pm.
Find out more >>

EIL Video competition
Win a place on a 6 weeks volunteer programme in Vietnam.
Find out more>>

EIL Travel Awards 2012 - From Japan to Argentina
Find out more>>

Funding opportunity: Invitation to apply for Community Outreach Digital Switchover Programme
The Community Outreach Digital Switchover Programme aims to assist people who, because of their own particular circumstances, are least likely to make the switch from Analogue to Digital Television Service by October 2012.
There is an opportunity for community and voluntary organisations to apply for funding to engage a Digital Outreach Champion to work on this programme in their area.
Closing date for applications: Tuesday, 31 January
Find out more>>

Youth in Action Training Schedule, First Quarter 2012
If you are considering any Youth in Action projects as part of your programme of work in 2012 see here for a short breakdown of Youth in Action training activities schedule for the first quarter of 2012 - they are sorted by deadlines and cover a range of activities, themes and topics of interest. 

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Discover Georgia - Information Evening with Voluntary Service International
Thursday, 26 January at 6.30 in Irish Aid Volunteer Centre, O’Connell St., Dublin

Doireann Cooney is a recently returned VSI EVS volunteer who worked in Georgia for one year with internally displaced people from the 'frozen conflict' areas of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. She will talk about her experiences in Georgia, about the country, the people, the culture and about the challenges they are facing. If you would like to attend, contact   T: 01-8551011

Irish Red Cross Youth: Positive Images Project
This project aims to promote positive attitudes towards migrant groups amongst young people.  A number of Irish Red Cross Youth Groups around the country are already implementing the project and have held events such as cultural diversity nights in their local areas.  Irish Red Cross Youth are keen to promote the project outside the Irish Red Cross Youth network.

Training for trainers courses are run throughout the year and are open to youth leaders, teachers and other educators. 
Find out more >> or contact Louise at

HIV Awareness Programme
Irish Red Cross Youth are launching their HIV Awareness Programme on Saturday and Sunday the 11th and 12th of February. The programme was the winner of 2011’s International Federation Youth Award in the category of “Healthy youth make a healthy world”; and aims to reach approximately 50% of Irish Red Cross Youth members in 2012 with information on HIV and its prevention as well as fighting stigma towards people living with HIV.
Find out more >>

Scouting Ireland appoints new CEO
 Scouting Ireland is very pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, John Lawlor.
See here for full details of this announcement.

Foroige National Youth Citizenship Awards 2012
It is time for Foróige club members to start thinking about suitable projects for the National Youth Citizenship Awards 2012. The finals will be broadcast later this year on TV3.
A video highlighting the best bits from the 2011 awards can be found here >>

Foroige 'Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award’
All associated with the Foróige Jumping Jellybeans club in Milltown, County Kildare are still beaming with pride after Conor Malone and Conor Kavanagh jointly won the 'Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award' last month.
Check out all the details here >>


ECO-UNESCO training for youth workers
ECO-UNESCO’s FETAC accredited training centre offers a variety of FETAC Accredited courses and shorter one –day trainings for youth workers.
Find out more >>

Seed Grants for Clubs
ECO-UNESCO is offering grants as part of its Clubs in Action 2012 programme in partnership with Toyota Ireland. There are three levels of awards. Clubs may apply for a Gold Seed Grant €500 - €1,000; Silver Seed Grant €250 - €500; Bronze Seed Grant Up to €250.
Find out more>>

Cúrsa Ceannaireachta Feachtas
Reáchtáil éann Feachtas Cúrsa Ceannaireachta fud fad na tíre chun scileanna ceannaireachta a mhúineadh do Ghaeilgeoirí óga na hidirbhliana atá ag freastal ar Ghaelscoileanna agus ar scoileanna Gaeltachta. Is iad aidhmeanna an Chúrsa Ceannaireachta ná chun:

•Ceannairí Óga a fhorbairt chun an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn ina bpobail féin

•Oiliúint ar chur ar dhaltaí maidir leis na sainscileanna a bhaineann le ceannaireacht

•Chun léargas a thabhairt don dalta ar an tábhacht agus fiúntas a bhaineann le pleanáil agus conas tabhairt faoi phleanáil éifeachtach

•Chun léargas a thabhairt don dalta ar na céimeanna a bhaineann le hathbheochan teanga agus ar chéimeanna praiticiúla chun an Ghaeilge a athbheochan sa phobal.

San iomlán bíonn sé uair a chlog i gceist leis an gCúrsa Ceannaireachta agus déantar é thar ceithre seachtaine. Téann foireann Feachtas amach chuig an scoil ar dátaí atá fóirsteanach. Fáilteofar roimh iarratais ó Ghaelscoileanna agus scoileanna Gaeltachta a bhfuil suim acu sa chúrsa.

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