We build solidarity in the youth sector

NYCI is the representative body for voluntary youth organisations in Ireland. We use our collective expertise to act on issues that impact on young people.


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The Covid-19 outbreak represents a major challenge for the youth work sector

It changes the way we all must work. With that in mind, we’re bringing together resources, training and advice to support you through this time.

Contacting our team

We are working remotely as much as possible at the moment. The best way to contact us is by email: you’ll get our staff contact details here


Stay up to date with the latest news and information on our work in the youth sector in Ireland

“Deep disappointment” as youth work and many young people overlooked in Budget 2023

“Youth work organisations are already running to stand still, and this increase will not allow them to meet inflationary pressures.  We have warned against young people being ignored in this Budget. Such a limited increase when core inflation will be 5.25% for 2023, shows youth work has been overlooked and is facing an effective cut.”

One World Week 2022: Training Workshops

From September through to January, we will be providing One World Week training workshops. These will be aimed at young people and youth workers, and will […]

Youth Council calls for €12 million investment in young people in next week’s Budget

Over 3,000 people have signed a  National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) petition calling on the government to provide much-needed funding for youth work in Budget 2023, so youth groups across the country can continue to deliver essential services during a cost-of-living crisis that is affecting their ability to reach young people.

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Introduction to Circus Skills in Youth Work – 3rd Oct

This tailored training is designed in partnership with Dublin Circus Project to enhance your youth work ‘toolkit’ by adding a range of beginner circus skills.  

CPAP: Training for Trainers Course 4th and 5th of October (In-person)

EVENT DESCRIPTION This is NYCI’s 2-day Train the Trainer Course in the NYCI Child Protection Awareness Programme (CPAP). NYCI authorises select organisations to avail of the […]

Anxiety in Young People & how the Youth Work Sector can support Youth Mental Health

Description On this World Mental Health Day, NYCI’s National Youth Health Programme are delighted to host a webinar on ‘Anxiety in Young People & how the Youth […]


Our programmes provide expert guidance, practical training and user-friendly resources to support your work with young people

Youth Arts

The NYCI’s Youth Arts Programme is a strategic partnership of The National Youth Council of Ireland, The Arts Council and The Department of Children and Youth Affairs. It is dedicated to the development and advancement of youth arts in Ireland.

Child Protection

The Child Protection Programme is based in the National Youth Council of Ireland and is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Global Youth Work And Development Education

Global youth work is essentially good youth work, which responds to young people’s changing circumstances. Global youth work is about discovering global issues with young people through non-formal education. The aim is to explore a young person’s role in their local community, and within a globalised world.

Equality and Intercultural

The Equality and Intercultural Programme at NYCI is here to support you to embed equality, inclusion, diversity and interculturalism in your youth work setting. We provide a unique and innovative suite of training programmes, resources, policy development, advice, and networking opportunities.

Youth Health

The NYHP is dedicated to developing and promoting a culture within the youth sector which focuses on health and wellbeing by building the capacity of the youth workers and volunteers.


We aim to facilitate and promote the involvement of youth organisations and young people in international activities and to encourage youth organisations to include an international dimension to their youth work.

STEAM and Digital Youth Work

We use innovative methodologies to increase the use of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) to support the achievement of youth work outcomes and train youth workers to support the young people they work with to deal with living in an increasingly digitalised world.

STEAM Engagement Programme

Ensuring STEAM is used to improve the lives of young people and inspire their curiosity.


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Join the representative body for youth organisations in Ireland and take advantage of the benefits for your organisation

NYCI complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland

NYCI supports Sustainable Development Goals

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