Youth Council highlights need to invest in growing youth population
Minister Zappone and NYCI President Ian Power address 41st NYCI Annual Assembly
Investment in young people isn’t just a good idea but an essential core value for any society, that was the message from NYCI President, Ian Power speaking at the organisation’s 41st Annual Assembly (AGM) held in Dublin last Saturday (25.06.16). The event brought together representatives from the 50 youth organisations in NYCI membership. These groups work with over 380,000 young people nationwide.
The event was also addressed by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD, whose attendance was welcomed by the NYCI. Ian Power, NYCI President and CEO of SpunOut.ie said: “Minister Zappone has spent the last five years as one of the more constructive and considered voices in Seanad Éireann; and before this worked in a wide range of roles across academia and the NGO sector. We are all looking forward to working closely with the Minister, and keeping up our vital engagement with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.”
Investment in young people essential “As our youth population continues to grow over the coming years, so too will the numbers of young people that need access to and the support of their local youth service,” continued Mr Power.
“We will need real and meaningful investment in this vital sector to be able to respond to this increase in demand for our services. But so long as the NYCI are here we will keep making the case, again and again that investment in young people isn’t just a good idea but an essential core value for any society that wants to guarantee opportunity, equality and a tomorrow that’s better than today,” concluded Mr Power.
Minister praises outstanding work Speaking at the event, Minister Zappone praised the National Youth Council of Ireland for the “outstanding work you do including your invaluable contribution to the National Youth Strategy” and said she looks “forward to working alongside you in the coming years as we seek to strengthen and expand the supports available to young people in Ireland.”
Invitation to see the impact of work on the ground Also speaking at the event Elaine Nevin, chair of the NYCI Specialist Organisations Network and CEO of ECO-UNESCO said: “The Youth Sector is a vibrant, energetic, innovative sector which is reaching every community in Ireland. It is working with thousands of young people with diverse needs and diverse interests providing them with opportunities to develop in confidence and self- esteem; to explore and channel their passions, to develop skills and interests and play an active role in society. We welcome the Minister’s address here today and look forward to growing a strong and meaningful relationship with her. We invite her to come and visit our projects, to see our work on the ground and to meet the many young people who have been impacted by our work.”
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Notes to Editors:
National Youth Council of Ireland
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.