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Resources for youth workers

  • This NYCI resource for Global Educators, Youth Workers, Development Education practitioners, trainers, activists and changemakers working with young people provides you with activity plans and tools to explore the issue of Activism and the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • This is guide is for youth workers, their managers and those that support youth work organisations, who are interested in setting up ‘makerspaces’ and including STEAM and maker education in youth work. This guide:

    • introduces the ‘maker movement’
    • outlines how maker and STEAM education can help to achieve youth work outcomes
    • describes some of the key features of makerspaces and provides practical tips as to how they can be developed within youth work organisations.
  • This resource will help you measure the outcomes of your youth arts project. This set of scales specially designed to provide a series of observable behaviours in a group of young people taking part in an arts project - particularly in a youth work setting - takes account of the 5 National Outcomes for Young People (Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020, Dept of Children and Youth Affairs,2014) and the 7 Potent Mechanisms for Delivering Improvements to Targeted Youth Programmes (Value for Money and Policy Review of Youth Programmes, Dept of Children and Youth Affairs, 2014).

  • This resource for youth workers on Peace, Justice and the SDGs focuses on Goal 16. It provides activities and opportunities for young people (and those who work with young people) to engage more on key issues of our time, to reflect on root causes and consequences, and to clear a path for this generation to lay strong foundations for present and future pathways to peace, justice, equality, and human rights.

  • With suggested questions and sample answers, this handy step-by-step guide for young people, youth workers and parents will help you choose the after school activities and projects that are right for you.

  • This guidance document explains how the Garda vetting process works and it outlines the responsibilities of organisations. It has been compiled by the NYCI Child Protection Programme for youth work organisations, clubs and projects, and specifically those tasked with ensuring that all staff and volunteers are recruited safely.

    The Child Protection Programme in the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). The
    Programme supports youth work organisations to meet their child protection and safeguarding responsibilities.

  • The resource seeks to put the plight of refugees and the drivers of migration into a wider political context with the SDGs as a tool providing insight and authority. The activities challenge young people to be empathetic to the stark reality and perilous journeys facing refugees and migrants, including giving some insight into what it might be like to have to live that reality and make the tough choices facing their fellow human beings every day.

  • Promoting best quality inclusive practice in youth work settings: This 8 Steps to Inclusive Youth Work can help you:

    • Report within the National Quality Standards Framework (NQSF),
    • Write your continuous improvement plan,
    • Develop a logic model or work plan toward realising the Outcomes in the National Youth Strategy (NYS),
    • Meet your responsibilities under equality legislation
    • Follow the commitments set out in your organisation’s diversity/equality/ integration/ or inclusion policy
    • Act as an assessment and planning toolkit as you work toward developing best practice in equal and inclusive youth work

    This Toolkit is designed to help you articulate your practice in a structure that simultaneously meets your reporting criteria. It is not prescriptive – it is designed to spur you into thinking about your inclusive youth work practice.

  • World leaders have agreed a new set of Global Goals – or Sustainable Development Goals – to end extreme poverty, fight inequality, and address climate change.
    ‘The Sustainable Development Goals and YOUth’ is the theme for this resource given the new Goals for the world which will be in place from 2015-2030.
    This resource encourages young people and those who work with young people to learn about the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and think about how these Goals can be incorporated into our everyday lives.
    It supports the exploration of key local, national and global issues to see and understand how we are linked together. The Goals are newly agreed and a lot of work has yet to be completed.

  • This resource Working Safely in a Youth Club is designed to offer guidance to youth leaders on how to provide a safe environment for their young people.

    As youth groups are required to have in place child protection policies and procedures, which are fully implemented, this resource assists those working with young people to consider how to develop their safeguarding approach to their work.


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