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Young Voices 2017
'Youth Check' - European Conference
A hugely successful Conference was held in Pearse St. Library on Tuesday May 23rd. Our Young Voices group along with the Policy Innovation Unit of the Dept of Children and Youth Affairs joined our international partners from Belgium-Flanders, Austria and France to present their experiences of Youth Check to a diverse group of interested participants as well as important decision makers such as Senators Alice Mary Higgins and Fintan Warfield, Policy Officer in Leargas Pia Janning, Deirdre Twomey IHREC and TD Jim Daly who is Chair of the Oireachtas ctte on Children and Youth Affairs.
The following day on May 24th a delegation form Young Voices along with our international partners attended a meeting in the Dept of Children and Youth Affairs to follow up the learning from the Conference and move towards a formal proposal for Youth Check in Ireland.
Great event in the Gresham!
131 young people from all corners of Ireland gathered in the Gresham on Thursday 23rd of February. They were joined by expert allies from a range of areas and agencies to discuss the recommendations from Structured Dialogue Cycle V. The day was filled with energy, enthusiasm and a universal commitment to striving for positive change. (full report click here)
Call for participants for Young Voices “Ideas to Action” event on 23rd Feb in Dublin City Centre.
Join Young People from all over Ireland who want to be more involved in shaping society! Young People who want to have their voices heard! Young people who want to be part of deciding priority areas for youth.
The National Youth Council of Ireland and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs are calling on policy makers and young people to participate in this event, part of the current European Structured Dialogue process that is taking place across Europe, giving young people 15-30yrs and youth organisations an opportunity to influence decisions affecting their lives.
How? Register here https://ideastoactionireland.eventbrite.com
More Info? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information and for consent forms for under 18 yrs to attend.
Under 18? Download the Parental Consent Form
YOUNG VOICES MEETING TO PLAN ACTIONS FOR 2017! Get involved!!
Join other young people from all over Ireland at the Young Voices planning day in Dublin on January 28th. There are big issues on the table including, diversity, inclusion, vote@16, guidance counselling etc so we need YOU there to help us prioritise and plan for how we will tackle these issues on an Irish and European level in 2017. Click the link for more info and to sign up.
Check out the wonderfully illustrated Young Voices Reports for 2016! What a story!!
Tune in to the High Level EU Ministers debate 21/11/16 9am to find out what next for Structured Dialogue?!
Young Voices 'Ideas to Action!' Woodquay Venue - Nov 3rd
On November 3rd young people from all across Ireland who are passionate about making Europe a more diverse, inclusive and connected society gathered in Dublin. We spent the day looking at the Recommendations from the EU Youth Conference in Kosice and exploring what might be priority areas for Ireland.
Next up we have the final EU Youth Conference of the current cycle of Structured Dialogue. Would you like to be a delegate and represent the young voices of Ireland? Click the link for the application.
EU Youth Conference Application - MALTA 2017
EU Structured Dialogue Report:
Young People Shaping a Diverse, Connected and Inclusive Europe!
Eimear McNally produced this magnificent graphic recording of our day in Pearse St Library on July 28th where over 70 young people spent the day giving their views about the Europe they want.
Our Structured Dialogue journey is in the CONSULTATION phase and like all young people across the EU we are discussing key questions about how Europe can be more diverse, connected and inclusive.
The energy and passion in Pearse St Library was phenomenal and when we combine the wonderful diversity of young people in the room from all over Ireland and all walks of life we could really appreciate the richness of the feedback that will inform our report.
EU Youth Conference in Slovakia
Three delegates will be representing the young voices of Ireland in Slovakia in October. They will carry with them all of the feeback from our consultations as they connect with other young people and ministry representatives. We are very much looking forward to hearing about the recommendations that will come back from Slovakia and presenting them to young people at another big event in Dublin at the end of October.
YOUTH CONSULTATION - HAVE YOUR SAY ON EUROPE!!
Structured Dialogue Cycle V Consultations underway!
Consultations have kicked off for the middle phase of this cycle of structured dialogue and we are asking young people and youth leaders/workers to give their views on the issues of "Diversity, Connectivity and Inclusion" in a changing Europe.
If you have any questions or queries contact us at email@example.com, Dermot O'Brien, NYCI
May 2016 update:
Young Voices has been very active so far this year and there is so much more to come!
Cycle V of the EU Structured Dialogue is well under way and we invited a group of 70 young people to an event in Pearse St. Library in March to begin our conversations about Diversity, Connectivity and Inclusion in Europe.
Joined by Amel Yacef and her amazing team of youth facilitators we had a very productive day and some strong messages were sent to the EU Youth Conference in Amsterdam with our delegates Valery Molay, Joe Munnelly and Cárthach O'Faolain.
A report about the conference in Amsterdam can be found here:
Meanwhile our National Implementation Project (NIP) has been meeting every month to carry on the work of "Youth Empowerment for Political Participation". They recently had a fantastic opportunity to present the work of Young Voices to the Advisory Council of the Better Outcomes Brighter Futures (BOBF) National Policy Framework in the Dept of Children and Youth Affairs.
Young Voices also had its first visit to the YSI Showcase event! We met so many inspirational young people who shared their views with us about why young voices are important!
COMING UP ON JUNE 7TH
An event for Youth Workers and Youth Leaders to contribute to the current conversations about Diversity, Connectivity and Inclusion in Europe.
January 2016 update:
We are going to hear a lot about 'Politics' in 2016.
How much are we going to hear about 'young people' and politics? That is up to YOU!
Join us on January 30th for the first of four meetings over five months to explore how we can influence policy makers on our recommendations for a better Ireland for young people.
Get more details and sign up for the event here:
If you would like a hard copy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you one.
Get Involved in Young Voices
We are currently awaiting the announcement of the theme for Structured Dialogue for the next cycle of presidencies. We plan to continue to consult with young peopel across Ireland on the theme and to bring our voices to the relevant decision makers. As part of this process, we want to set up a database of young people aged 15 -30yrs who would like to informed of relevant meetings, consultations and opportunities. This can be people who have already participated in the Structured Dialogue process or people who want to get involved now and find out more. If you are interested in being on this database, please send your name, address, age and contact details to email@example.com
EU Youth Conference in Luxembourg September 2015
Three young delegates who were selected following our July meeting in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin, are currently atttending the EU Youth Conference in Luxembourg. The three young people, Vanessa, Colm and Joe will be participating in workshops and plenary discussions along with representatives of the relevant Government Departments from EU countries and members of the European Youth Forum. On their return to Ireland we will write up the final recommendations relating to young people and political empowerment and we will begin the process of lobbying to make some real changes for young people in this area.
Young Voices – Ideas to Action Event: Part 2
The National Youth Council of Ireland and the DCYA ran an event for young people, aged 15-30 years, who want to be more involved in shaping society! On July 23rd 35 young people along with decision makers met in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin.
The day was an opportunity for youth leaders/youth workers to share their views on Empowerment for Political Participation. This is part of the current European Structured Dialogue process that is taking place across Europe, giving young people and youth organisations an opportunity to influence decisions affecting their lives.
The group prioritised four key areas for discussion and these were:
- Increasing synergies and co-operation between different actors
- strengthening the role of youth work for political empowerment of young people
- developing youth friendly tools for political participation
- involving young people in decision making.
The feedback from this consultation will form the basis for the Irish input to the EU Youth Conference in September in Luxembourg. 3 Young people from this event were selected to represent Ireland at the EU Youth Conference in Luxembourg in September. The three young people are: Vanessa Mulhall, Joseph Munnelly and Colm O'Rourke.
For more information on the story so far in the Structured Dialogue process, check out the blog by Dermot at this link: www.leargas.ie/blog/youth-empowerment-for-political-participation/
Young Voices – Ideas to Action Event - Report from April 25th
This is part of the current European Structured Dialogue process that is taking place across Europe, giving young people 15-30yrs and youth organisations an opportunity to influence decisions affecting their lives.
Youth Empowerment for Political Participation – ‘Ideas to Action’ event. On Saturday April 25th, 30 people attended a meeting in the Gresham Hotel in Dublin to discuss and debate the recommendations from the EU Youth Conference as to how we can empower young people and improve political participation in Ireland.
Recommendations were made around how to involve more young people in decision making processes and how to engage more young people in dialogue with policy makers. The findings from the day were then reported on to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in advance of his Policy Meeting in Brussels with other Youth Ministers from around Europe.
We are now planning a follow up event to progress these recommendations further and to try to effect real change in this area for young people in Ireland.
How can young people be more involved in shaping society?
Is "Politics" just about Politicians OR is it about People too?! Young People in particular!
What do young people have to say about things like;
"Stimulating a culture of participation in education"
"increasing trust and understanding between young people and decision makers"
"young people and youth organisations being fully involved in shaping policies together"
"the role of Youth Work to empower young people"
"how we can include everyone and use new technologies!"
JOIN THE CONVERSATION!!
As an individual or part of a youth group you can log on to the Irish Online Participation Platform and share your thoughts on the topics mentioned above.
You may also be involved in a Focus Group meeting facilitated by our Structured Dialogue Project Officer.
Ultimately you can be involved in deciding what messages Ireland will be sending to the EU Youth Conference in Latvia this March.
Download the Flyer and Poster below for more info!
Download the Flyer (PDF)
Download the Poster (PDF)
For more information on the structured dialogue process, see the European Youth Portal at