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7 Mar 2019 - 17:45

Life skills learned outside school must be measured and valued if we want young people ready for digital economy, says Youth Council

- New online tool to help young people highlight skills gained in activities outside of school launched by Minister Zappone and groups including National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) , SpunOut and Accenture -


8 Jan 2019 - 18:00

The National Youth Council of Ireland Wishes to recruit a Health Promotion Officer for the National Youth Health Programme

If you are passionate about making a positive impact on young people’s health, the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) would like to hear from you. Working in a positive and stimulating environment, the emphasis of this role is to contribute to the development of
health promotion initiatives using evidence based approaches and best practice that will have a real impact on the health and well being of young people.

The ideal candidate will:

22 Nov 2018 - 12:15

Minister Catherine Byrne launches new strategy to help Ireland become a country where all young people can experience positive health and wellbeing

Rachael Treanor, NYCI National Youth Health Programme manager, Minister Catherine Byrne, TD and Louise Fiztpatrick, Department of Children and Youth Affairs (Pic: Julien Behal).

14 Nov 2018 - 09:30

The Union of Students in Ireland, with the support of, NYCI (National Youth Council of Ireland) launch National Voter Registration Day 2018 today, Wednesday 14th November.

Throughout the day, Students’ Union Officers country-wide will be registering thousands of students using the RFA form with the assistance of the Union of Students in Ireland.

USI Vice President for Equality & Citizenship, Aisling Cusack stated;

26 Oct 2018 - 11:45

We're delighted to share our current offer of 50% off places on the NYCI TechSpace STEM in Youth Work training for:

  • youth workers who work with young people from groups/backgrounds that are at risk of educational inequality or disadvantage (e.g. black and minority ethnic young people; disabled young people; girls and young women; young people who are affected by socio-economic disadvantage; young people affected by drug, alcohol or substance misuse)

  • volunteers


Training dates and locations

For youth workers, Athlone, 4th December, 9.30 - 17.00

25 Oct 2018 - 15:45

FAQs for first time voters published

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) - which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – is encouraging young people to get to the polls and ensure they cast their ballot in the referendum and presidential election on October 26th.

Voters – not opinion polls – decide result

9 Oct 2018 - 17:45

Investment still 17 % less than ten years ago despite growing demand for services and Ireland’s increasing youth population

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) - which represents groups working with over 380,000 young people nationwide - has expressed deep disappointment at the announcement by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD, with the derisory increase of just €1.5m additional funding would be provided for youth services nationwide in Budget 2019.


8 Oct 2018 - 13:00
  • Less than €1.25 a week per young person currently invested in youth work
  • Total youth work funding still 20% below 2008 levels, despite growing youth population
  • Number of those aged 10-24 to grow to over 1,000,000 by 2025
8 Oct 2018 - 12:45

Interested in the use of tech for good? Want to be involved in an innovative project that helps young people highlight their skills for potential employers? SkillsSummary is an exciting new IT solution developed with Accenture and funded by DCYA. It supports young people, some of whom may find traditional academic learning challenging, by helping them to map the learning acquired through their participation in youth work and other non-formal settings to a set of competences.

8 Oct 2018 - 11:00

Youth Council renews calls to invest €2m in Access to Apprenticeships Programme to support youth employment

We need the development of, and investment in, an access apprenticeships programme to support young people with fewer opportunities and qualifications. That was the message from James Doorley, National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) Deputy Director, speaking in advance of Budget 2019.

In its Pre Budget 2019 submission ‘Future Proof with Investment in Youth’ the NYCI, which represents youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide, is calling for an investment of €22 million to halve long-term youth unemployment by the end of 2019.

Almost 8,000 young people long term unemployed