Pictured are young people from the NYCI Local Champions group at a special event in Dublin to launch the National Youth Council of Ireland’s Pre-Budget Submission 2024: Adam Blighe, Finlay Thomson, Niall Brady, Sam Brooks, Leo Galvin, Luke O’Gorman, Londiwe Ndlovu, Regan Maher, Rachel Trimble, Princess Graham, Anna McWey, Doireann Walsh, Molly Hickey, Denise Harding
NYCI launches Local Champions initiative to advocate for increased investment in young people and youth work
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), which represents organisations working with young people nationwide, has launched its Local Champions initiative, a campaign aimed at ensuring increased investment in young people and youth work locally and nationally. Adam Blighe, Finlay Thomson, Niall Brady, Sam Brooks, Leo Galvin, Luke O’Gorman, Londiwe Ndlovu, Regan Maher, Rachel Trimble, Princess Graham, Anna McWey, Doireann Walsh, Molly Hickey and Denise Harding have been selected as Local Champions for their constituencies.
Paul Gordon, NYCI Director of Policy and Advocacy explained: “As part of the Local Champions Initiative, a group of passionate young individuals has been selected as representatives from their communities to engage with their local politicians and champion the cause of youth work”.
The Local Champions received training and support from NYCI to effectively convey the positive impact youth work has on their lives and the lives of young people in the local area, as well as the importance of investing in youth work. NYCI is calling for an increased investment of €9.4 million in youth work in Budget 2024, to support the rising costs associated with delivering quality services locally, and ensure equal access to youth work for all young people nationwide.
The Local Champions initiative will include activities such as engaging with policymakers, sharing personal stories, and using social media to raise awareness and mobilise support. Through these efforts, NYCI and the Local Champions aim to create a broader understanding of the significance of youth work and its positive impact on society.
The initiative is part of NYCI’s campaign ahead of Budget 2024 on October 12th, 2023 to ensure that young people and youth work receive the necessary investment and support they deserve. The Local Champions initiative is supported by the Community Foundation Ireland.
Denise Charlton, Chief Executive of Community Foundation Ireland added: “Empowering Generations is central to our mission as a philanthropic hub for Ireland. To achieve that goal we’re delighted to be partners with NYCI. The Local Champions network aims to amplify the voices of young people and showcase the transformative power of youth work. It is bringing together an inspirational group of young people, and we look forward to seeing them connecting with their local representatives to share how youth work changes lives.”