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Clár na nÓg September 2011

A chairde,

The annual round of speculation concerning the budget seems to start earlier each year.

Previously the fate of budget lines was bound up in the mysterious estimates process which appeared from the outside to depend on how good Ministers were at defending their patch. Therefore the news that budgetary decisions for 2012 and beyond were to be made on the basis of the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure (CRE) process is welcome.

The CRE according to Government itself involves moving beyond a focus on figures and “reforming how services are delivered, making major efficiency gains while protecting essential services as far as possible.”

As the youth sector has endured cuts of up to 20% in the last three years we would welcome a more refined and robust budgetary process. If the CRE process is to have validity Government must ensure that sectors such as the youth sector -  which has embraced change, sought to improve standards and protected services  - are recognized and supported for their efforts.  The National Quality Standards Framework (NQSF) launched in 2010 which is designed to ensure and enhance quality youth services for young people has been embraced by the sector.

Likewise youth organisations are engaging in actions to measure the impact of their work and focusing on outcomes rather than outputs to ensure the services and supports they provide are making a real difference in the lives of young people. It would be unacceptable if the efforts of the youth sector in this area were ignored and the 2012 budgetary process reverted to the old number crunching exercise.

It is vital at this time of stress and strain for many young people that Government recognise and support the important work being carried out by the youth sector. We know from other jurisdictions that the reduction and withdrawal of youth services are not without consequences.  The youth sector if it has sufficient resources is uniquely placed to support young people to channel their energies, talents and enthusiasm in a positive direction. NYCI looks forward to working with the new Department for Children and Youth Affairs in the coming months to ensure that Government supports us in that work.

Mary Cunningham



Upcoming Training


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NYCI’s annual conference 2011  


This year the theme of our annual conference is “How do we know its working?” - Supporting youth organisations to plan for and demonstrate the outcomes of their work. It will take place on Friday, 25th November 2011.

The event is aimed at management of and practitioners in youth work and will explore how we plan for and measure the impact of our work, demystify terminology around outputs and outcomes & support organisations and staff to better communicate the value, benefit and impact of what we do.

For further information visit:

One World Week 12th-20th November 2011


The One World Week theme for 2011 is ‘A Rich Man’s World?’  This theme was voted on by 50 organisations earlier this year and NYCI is now beginning to plan for One World Week itself (12 – 20 November 2011).

"How can we understand the global financial system which we are part of? Who makes decisions about the cost of attending school, or buying new clothes? How is money distributed – and valued - on a global scale? Is it a man’s world that we live in? This theme will explore the interests at play in the global financial system and how young people are seen by others – as mindless consumers, or activists who will change our world for the better? "

Training on the theme, as well as the education resource, will be available from NYCI in September. Contact for more information or to arrange a training session.

‘Global Justice in Youth Work’ (FETAC Level 5)

(Thursday 6 – Saturday 8 October; Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 October 2011). This course takes place over two residential trainings, both lasting three days and has an optional support day for completion of FETAC portfolios. Participants will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver quality development education, inspiring the young people with whom you work to act for a more just and equal world. For more information, contact


Artist in Youth Work Residency Scheme 2011: Call for Applications

The NYCI Arts programme announces a call for applications for the 2nd round of the 2011 Artist in Youth Work Residency Scheme. The Artist in Youth Work Residency Scheme offers grants to youth arts organisations or youth work organisations working in an arts context, who would like to engage with a professional artist.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage artistic collaboration between professional artists and young people. Young people will have the opportunity to work with and learn from practitioners of excellence in their field. Equally, artists will have the opportunity to enrich their own professional practice through the contextual experience of working with young people. There are two awards under this scheme, The Artist in Residency award and the Youth Arts Development award. Grants of up to €5,000 are awarded to organisations following the application procedure.

For a copy of the application form and guidelines see:

The Artist in Youth Work Residency Scheme is funded by the Arts Council and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. 

The closing date for applications is 5pm Thursday 29th September 2011

For more information, please contact Fiona Smith, youth arts project officer, at NYCI on 01 4784122 or email  or for more information please see    



Artist in Youth Work Residency Scheme: Online Support Sessions 13th and 15th September

To coincide with the 2nd round of the Artist in Youth Work Residency Scheme 2011, the Arts Programme will be hosting two online support sessions which will give organisations who are thinking of applying to the scheme the opportunity to receive practical information and advice on the scheme and the application process.

The first support session will take place on Tuesday 13th September from 11.30am-1.00pm-and will be repeated on Thursday 15th September from 14.30pm-16.00pm-and you can attend right from your own desk! The sessions will be hosted by us on ADOBE Connect, but you don’t need to have this software to attend-all you need is a computer, an internet connection and perhaps a cup of coffee in hand!

So if you are thinking about applying for the scheme, are working on your application or have specific questions-please join us for this virtual session. The support sessions are free but you need to register for either session by Friday 9th September. You will then be sent the link and instructions for attending the online session. For more information or if you have any questions please contact Fiona at or on 01 4784122

Please register you attendance by Friday 9th September 


Arts Programme Winter Learning Series: Launches Monday 12th September

Following on from the very successful summer school training this year, the Arts Programme will be offering a variety of winter learning and professional development sessions that will take place from September this year to February 2012.  

This season of learning and professional development will offer those working with young people an opportunity to develop practical skills and techniques for developing and embarking on youth arts projects and activities. The learning sessions will offer youth work managers, youth workers, artists and volunteers the chance to hear about real life projects from across the country and the practical ways and means for undertaking such activities. Each session is designed to provide inspiration and motivation as well as realistic and workable ways to bring this learning back to your own groups.

Full information on all training, dates, locations and costs will be available on our website from Monday 12th of September and all training will be open for bookings from this date.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Fiona at or on 01 4784122


Best practice in youth work seminars

NYCI and Foróige have partnered to organise two seminars for those working in the voluntary youth work sector, the second of which takes place on October 4th.

We can often see, or at least assume the benefits of our work …… but in today’s world it is important to be able to demonstrate and communicate specific details about those benefits in order for them to be fully acknowledged.

Full details at


Invitation: Internship Charter meeting on 20 September at the European Parliament

The European Youth Forum has invited NYCI to address a meeting on the Internship Charter in Brussels on 20 September.  NYCI sits on steering group overseeing the implementation of the government sponsored internship scheme Job Bridge. See

The EYF recently carried out a public consultation on the draft European Quality Charter on Internships and Apprenticeships and will discuss inputs received in the public consultation to fine-tune the Charter text. They will have a joint session with several Members of the European Parliament and discuss how to bring this initiative further, with the main aim to improve the quality of internships across Europe.

International Opportunities

NYCI facilitates the involvement of member organisations in a wide range of international opportunities, for example for young people and youth workers to take part in Training, Volunteering, Seminars, Consultations and  Youth Exchanges.

If you are very interested in international opportunities or want to involve young people in your organisation see or contact Valerie on: or 01-4255945.

News from NYCI Member Organisations


Scouting Ireland Tri-zone: A great way for Venture Scouts & Rover Scouts to kick start the Programme Year

Tri-Zone is a one night overnight adventure activity for Venture Scouts & Rover Scouts.  Commencing on Saturday morning, teams must first construct a raft  at Lough Dan, following a prescribed route.

Once back on dry land, teams must take to their bikes and cycle from Lough Dan to a location at the edge of the Dublin Mountains.  However an extra 'bonus' stage will take place alone the way. That is enough for day one and all teams will get to enjoy a BBQ at the final location for the day.  Here teams will pitch camp and bed down for the night.

On the Sunday morning, the journey continues with a hike across the Dublin Mountains, dropping into Larch Hill for the finish and presentation of awards.

Closing date is Wednesday 21st September 2011.  Any queries contact Stephen Synnott the Programme Commissioner (National Events) on

Comhtraenáil (Feachtas -Ógras - Cumann na bhFiann)

Deireadh seachtaine cinnireachta, Idir 16 agus 18 bliana d'aois.
Aoine 23ú - Domhnach 25ú Meán Fómhair 2011
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YCW Handbook Now Available

The new YCW handbook covers all you need to know about YCW and the See, Judge, Act method and offers suggestions for engaging young adults in the process of Reflection and Action, enabling them to face the current social and economic challenges. Included in the handbook are five Social Enquiries (discussions on Work, Participation, Community, Life Balance and Friendship) and five Gospel Enquiries which offer the opportunity to reflect on Gospel passages and relate the values and message of the Gospel to our everyday lives.

The handbook is free to download at Alternatively you can contact the YCW National Office for further details or to request a hard copy – YCW, 11 Talbot Street, Dublin 1. Tel: 01-8780291

Eco-unesco Training Courses

ECO-UNESCO have a range of both accredited and non-accredited training courses taking place this autumn at  Dublin, including:

  • Youth Work and Sustainability Training: 27th Sep 2011, 10 am – 4 pm.
  • Introduction to Sustainable Development (FETAC Accredited Module - L5) 10 wks: 29th Sep - 15th Dec 2011.
  • ECO-Award Training: 29th Sept 2011, 10 am – 4 pm
  • ECO-Community Development (FETAC Level 3) 10 wks: Wednesday Evenings 5th Oct - 7th Dec 2011.
  • Eco Watchers Day Training for Teachers and Leaders: 11th October, 10 am – 4 pm.

More courses and further details available at

Amnesty International Youth Training Day, Oct 8

Amnesty International is inviting school-going young people to a Youth Training Day, which takes place on 8th October 2011 in its Dublin offices. Students do not need to be current youth members of Amnesty International although an interest in human rights issues would be an advantage (but not essential).

For further details contact Bart Storan on 0876840651, or email

Oíche Chultúir Áth Cliath 2011 - Imeachtaí do pháistí

Beidh Oíche Chultúir Áth Cliath 2011 ar an 23 Meán Fómhair. Tá Cheannáras Chonradh na Gaeilge ag cur réimse imeachtaí iontacha ar siúl arís i mbliana! Tosóidh an spraoi Dé hAoine, 23 Meán Fómhair, le tráthnóna cluichí agus spraoi eagraithe ag Ógras do pháistí idir 5 - 11 bliana d'aois ó 3:30 - 4:30in agus beidh go leor eile eagraithe don tráthnóna ag uimhir 6 Sráid Fhearchair. Bígí linn!

Dublin Culture Night 2011 - Events at Conradh na Gaeilge

Dublin Culture Night 2011 will take place on the 23 September. A wide range of events will be held again this year in Ceannáras Chonradh na Gaeilge! The fun will start Friday, 23 September with an afternoon of fun and games organised by Ógras for children between 5 - 11 years, from 3:30 - 4:30pm and there will be a number of other activities organised for the afternoon at number 6 Harcourt Street. Bígí linn!

Other News

Every Job Counts: Department of Children and Youth Affairs initiative.

This is an initiative which asks young people between the age of 15-22 to devise business plans which will lead to job creation.  These plans will be evaluated by a team of senior Irish business people and entrepreneurs. Winners will be selected according to their prospects of success and the capacity of their ideas to generate jobs. The overall winner will also win market research of up to €15,000 with a leading Irish market research company, Amárach Research.

Plans should be submitted by November 30th 2011. Full details available at