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NYCI National Conference 2023: A Vision for Youth Work

December 8, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm GMT

€60.00 – €80.00
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Our first in-person national conference since before Covid will unite youth workers, managers, and other stakeholders in a shared vision for the future of youth work. Together, we’ll empower and motivate each other to drive change and create the conditions for a brighter tomorrow for the young people we work for and with.

🌟 A Vision for Youth Work

The Vision for Youth Work, developed together with our membership and the wider youth sector, sets out a vision for the future direction of youth work in Ireland over the next 10 years:

All young people living in Ireland have access to high-quality, well-resourced youth work services, which meet their expressed needs, delivered by paid professionals and well-supported volunteers.


Date & time

Friday, December 8th, 2023

9:30 am to 3:30 pm



Early bird                         Full price

NYCI Member               €40                            €60
Non-member               €60                            €80


We’re delighted with the interest in this year’s National Conference, which has now reached capacity. If you’d like to be added to a waiting list, please contact Mollyrose@nyci.ie. In case of cancellations, a limited number of tickets may become available.

🤝Who Should Attend?

Join youth workers, managers, and others from across the sector in an event that will shape the future of youth work!

⚡ Why Attend?

Our conference will feature a blend of thought-provoking panel discussions, inspiring keynote inputs, and engaging workshops. It’s an interactive space where ideas will flourish, connections will strengthen, and inspiration will flow! You will get the chance to:

  • Reflect on the critical aspects of the new Vision for Youth Work, and how they relate to your work.
  • Explore how a shared vision can be advanced, ensuring participation from every corner of the sector.
  • Take the opportunity network and reconnect with colleagues from across the sector.

🎤 Keynote Speakers

Minister Roderic O’Gorman 
Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth will provide a Ministerial address

Dr Katriona O’Sullivan
This inspirational input will help set the tone, and remind us of why we are working towards this shared vision – because Youth Work Changes Lives.

Aisha Alameen Betro

Aisha is currently in 3rd level education, studying Advanced Therapeutic Technologies at RCSI. She is a member of Foróige LEAD (League of Equality and Anti-Discrimination) advocating for equality and inclusion within Ireland, enabling the voice of young people to be heard and constructing positive change. She represents Foróige on Fingal CYPSC. At NYCI she is involved with Young Voices (EU Youth Dialogue) where she represents the young people of Ireland on numerous occasions, e.g. EYY National Steering Committee and CoE Pilot Youth Forum on AI in Healthcare.

Danielle McKenna

Dannielle McKenna is Project Manager of Rialto Youth Project, which is a community youth organisation based in Dublin 8. In Rialto, Youth Work is done through a commitment of developing meaningful relationships with young people where their needs are central. Through process led programmes and projects we create the conditions for young people to take risks and support them to become creative agents of change within their own lives.

Dean Lee Murray

Dean is a graduate from Maynooth University in Community and Youth Work. Since March 2022 he has been a part time Youth Worker with Talk About Youth Project in St Andrew’s Resource Centre on Pearse Street. A focus of his work has been the weekly clubs and groups, such as Gaisce. He brings technology and new ways of engaging with young people through the various experiences and connections he brings with him to the role. Outside of his day to day job, Dean has been a delegate to the European Youth Forum on behalf of NYCI. This role involves creating and voting on European Youth Policies, such as banning unpaid internships and trying to make Vote at 16 a reality for more European countries

Dermot O’Brien

Dermot is an international trainer and facilitator who has been working in the Development Education, Youth Work and Further Education sectors for many years. He has been involved in co-authoring the last five Development Education resources for the National Youth Council of Ireland’s ‘One World Week’ as well as delivering training and hosting events for NYCI. He has also been involved in designing and delivering training, supporting events and organising activities with a variety of organisations in the Development Education and Global Citizenship field. As a tutor in the Liberties College Dermot teaches the Social Justice Principles module on the Youth and Community studies course.

Kathryn Reilly

Kathryn has been Policy Manager in the Irish Heart Foundation for over 6 years. She is a policy and politics graduate with a Masters in Public Policy and MEconSc in European Economic and Public Affairs. She was a Senator in the Irish Parliament for 5 years from 2011-2016, having previously been a parliamentary assistant. Subsequently she served as a policy advisor on health to Louise O’Reilly TD before joining the IHF. As part of her work, she has been successful in securing important policy and legislative changes including amendments to legislation including the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Online Safety and Media Regulation Act 2022. She is a co-author, with leading Irish academics, of a 2020 paper on insights from the industry lobby against the sugar tax in Ireland and a 2022 paper on ultra-processed food.

Lynn Ruane

Lynn Ruane is from Tallaght and lives in Killinarden with her two daughters. Before entering politics, she developed community drug services and community initiatives over 15 years in Tallaght and Dublin’s Canal Communities. As a firm believer in lifelong learning, Lynn has engaged in education for most of her adult life. After leaving school early, she attended An Cosán in Tallaght at the age of fifteen, before going on to study addiction in several courses. She then returned to full-time education as a mature student; graduating from Trinity College Dublin with an honours degree in Political Science, Philosophy, Economics and Sociology in 2016.

Maurice Devlin

Maurice Devlin is Professor of Applied Social Studies at Maynooth University, where he also holds the Jean Monnet Chair in European Youth Studies. Originally from County Derry, he is a graduate of the University of Hull (BA in Drama and English), University College Dublin (MA in English, MSocSc in Sociology), Maynooth University (PhD in Sociology) and Trinity College Dublin (MSc in IT in Education). He was founding Joint Chair of the North South Education and Training Standards Committee (NSETS), the all-Ireland body for the professional endorsement of youth work training. He is the Irish correspondent for the European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy (EKCYP) and from 2010-2018 was Vice President for Europe (including the Russian Federation) of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Youth (RC34).

Moninne Griffith

Moninne Griffith is the CEO of Belong To Youth Services, a former director of Marriage Equality, a feminist and an LGBT activist.

Olive Ojo

Olive works with 6 DEIS schools within the North-East Inner City of Dublin, focussing on sourcing professional work experience for students from disadvantaged communities and assisting them through events and our mentoring programme to build their social capital. She is also a youth pastor in Holy Trinity Rathmines.

📚 Engaging Workshops

Dive deep into the 8 themes of the new Vision for Youth Work in a variety of expert-facilitated workshops.

📣 Expert Panel

A panel of thought leaders will provide invaluable insights and perspectives on the future of youth work and the audience will be involved in discussing how we can all be part of bringing to life “A Vision for Youth Work” that will shape the future of our sector.

The full program is detailed below.

🧾 Programme

8:45 – 9:30  Registration and Networking (tea and coffee on arrival) 
9:30 – 9:40  Welcome:
NYCI President, Denis O’Brien 
09:40 – 9:55  Opening Address:
Roderic O’Gorman, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration & Youth 
09:55 – 10:15  Keynote speech: A Vision for Youth Work
Prof. Maurice Devlin 
10.15 – 10.30  Tea/coffee, move to workshop 
10:30 – 11:30  Breakout Session 1 (4 workshops) 
11:30 – 12:30  Breakout Session 2 (4 workshops)  
12:30 – 13:15   Networking Lunch 
13.15  Introduction to afternoon plenary session: MC, Mary Cunningham, CEO, NYCI 
13.20 – 13.40  Keynote speech:
Dr Kaitriona O’Sullivan shares her inspirational personal story of how youth work changes lives 
13.40 – 14.25  ‘Now What?’ facilitated Roundtable Discussion with Dermot O’Brien 
14:30-15:05  Panel Discussion on “The Vision for Youth Work” and how it can be achieved with: 

  • Senator Lynn Ruane
  • Mick Ferron, RYS Manager, Sphere 17
  • Dean Murray, Talk About Youth Project, St Andrew’s Resource Centre
  • Moninne Griffith, CEO, Belong To


15:05 – 15:15  Close: Mary Cunningham, CEO, NYCI 




December 8, 2023
9:30 am - 3:30 pm GMT
€60.00 – €80.00
Event Category:


National Youth Council of Ireland
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The Alex Hotel
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