NYCI is constituted by over 40 member organisations.
NYCI’s Annual Assembly is its highest decision-making body and takes place once a year. As well as addressing financial, organisational and constitutional matters, elections are held. The Board of NYCI is the governing body of the Council. It is elected at the Annual Assembly. The Board ensures that the work programme and policies of the Council are implemented. Member organisations then decide the nature of participation in NYCI (to include young people, leaders, practitioners, volunteers, managers, heads of organisations) depending on the focus, issue and/or needs by participation in thematic networks.
The Board of NYCI is the Governing body of the National Youth Council of Ireland and broadly represents all member organisations and is ultimately responsible to the Member Organisations.
The Board consists of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, the Chairpersons of the two Standing Conferences (see below) as well as ordinary members. Ordinary members are elected through two separate Electoral Colleges reflecting the different backgrounds and objectives of individual member organisations. A system of gender balancing operates in Board elections. The Youth Work Electoral College elects seven people to the Board. The Youth Interest Electoral College elects four people to the Board.
The Board implements the work programme and policies of the National Youth Council of Ireland and it is the decision making body between assemblies. The Board meets at least six times a year.