About Us

WE BUILD SOLIDARITY IN THE YOUTH WORK SECTOR

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is the representative body for voluntary youth organisations in Ireland. We  use our collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people. NYCI’s role is recognised in legislation through the Youth Work Act 2001.

Scale of youth work sector:

1,400+

Staff

support

40,000+

Volunteers

to work with

380,000

Young People

VISION

An Ireland where young people in every community are empowered through excellent youth work to realise their potential and actively participate in an inclusive society.

ROLE

NYCI is a membership organisation that represents the shared interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses our collective expertise to act on issues that impact on young people.

We do this by:

  • Representing the shared interests of voluntary youth organisations.
  • Building solidarity among our members.
  • Advocating on issues that impact on the lives of young people.
  • Promoting the development of evidence informed high quality specialist youth work practice.
  • Capacity building and professional development.

MISSION

To represent the collective voice of the youth work sector and build capacity, leadership and influence to deliver better outcomes for young people.

VALUES

  • We believe that all young people have a right to develop a sense of belonging and empowerment in a fair and just society. We are concerned for young people disconnected from the mainstream.
  • We are an organisation that promotes learning, innovation and forward thinking.
  • We believe that a strong vibrant voluntary youth sector has a critical role to play in engaging all young people.
  • We believe that better outcomes are achieved when young people are involved in making decisions that affect them.
  • We value volunteering and the vital role it plays in a healthy vibrant community.
  • We are an organisation that consults and represents our members with integrity.
  • We value the diversity of the voluntary youth sector and believe that is a key strength

ECONOMIC VALUE OF YOUTHWORK

The results of the cost-benefit assessment of the economic value of youth work presented in this study suggest that the public funding provided by the State for youth work services represents value for money.

ANNUAL REVIEW & STRATEGIC PLAN

NYCI STRUCTURE

NYCI is constituted by over 50 member organisations.

Director Mary Cunningham director@nyci.ie
Deputy Director James Doorley policy@nyci.ie
Head of Research and Policy Marie-Claire McAleer research@nyci.ie
International Officer Jean-Marie Cullen international@nyci.ie
Administration Manager Lisa Hyland lisa@nyci.ie
Administration Manager Elaine Lowry elaine@nyci.ie
Administrative Officer Rosie Boyle info@nyci.ie
Administrative Officer / Garda Vetting Geraldine Mahon geraldine@nyci.ie
Administrative Officer Aurica Cozneac auricac@nyci.ie
Director of Finance Laura Geraty finance@nyci.ie
Communications Manager Daniel Meister   communications@nyci.ie
Senior Health Promotion Officer / National Youth Health programme Rachael Traenor Rachael@nyci.ie
Senior Project Officer / Youth Arts Anne O’Gorman AnneOG@nyci.ie
Youth Arts Development Officer Saoirse Reynolds Saoirse@nyci.ie
Intercultural and Equality Project Officer Anne Walsh anne@nyci.ie
Intercultural and Equality Officer Sally Daly sally@nyci.ie
Development Education Co-ordinator Valerie Duffy deved@nyci.ie
Maker Project Officer Barbara Nea barbara@nyci.ie
SkillsSummary Project Co-ordinator Katrin Wolschke skillssummary@nyci.ie

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 members of the Board are the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, the Chairperson of the International Advisory Committee, seven (7) persons elected by the Youth Work electoral college and four (4) persons elected to the Youth Interest electoral colleges.

The Board implements the work programme and policies of the National Youth Council of Ireland and it is the decision making body between AGMs. The Board meets at least six times a year.

Carmel O’Connor

St Andrews Talk About Youth Project

Dubheasa Kelly

Scouting Ireland

Elaine Nevin

ECO-Unesco

Garry McHugh

Young Irish Film Makers

Gordon Hill

Crosscare – Vice President

Ian Power

Spunout – President

James Healy

Macra

Jenna Goodwin

Irish Girl Guides

Kate Cowan

An Oige – International Advisory Committee Chair

Michael McLoughlin

Youth Work Ireland

Michelle Byrne

Union of Students in Ireland

Niamh Quinn

Foroige

Shane Doyle

No Name Club – Treasurer

Steve Grasham

Church of Ireland Youth Department

Theresa Cahill

JCI (Junior Chamber International) Ireland

50 YEARS OF NYCI

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), the umbrella body for youth work organisations, celebrated 50 years in existence in 2017. From small beginnings in 1967 it has grown to become Ireland’s leading voice on youth issues, representing organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide.

To mark its 50th anniversary the NYCI commissioned ‘50 Voices from 50 Years: an oral history of NYCI’. Through fifty interviews with persons involved in NYCI over the past five decades this publication provides an engaging, insightful and at times humorous snapshot of the history of the organisation and highlights the many changes that both the organisation, and society as a whole have undergone in that time.

NYCI supports Sustainable Development Goals

NYCI Supports Comhlámh’s Code of Good Practice

NYCI is a signatory of the Dochas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages

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

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