The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership led, national umbrella organisation which represents and supports community, voluntary and not for profit youth organisations in Ireland. Founded in 1967, NYCI currently have 52 members across Ireland who represents the scope, scale and diversity of the youth work sector (www.youth.ie/members). At a conservative estimate, youth organisations influence the lives of almost 380,000 young people in every urban/rural community in Ireland.
NYCI uses our collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people. We provide a comprehensive range of advice, information and training programmes including:
- National Youth Health Programme
- National Youth Arts Programme
- Interculturalism and Equality Programme
- International Programme
- Development Education Programme
- UN Youth Delegate Programme
- Child Protection Programme
- STEAM in Youth Work Programme
- Youth Policy, Research, Media, and Communications
Additionally, we undertake advocacy with policy makers, legislators and funders on behalf of our membership to secure an appropriate political, legal and operational environment for youth work in Ireland.
NYCI works in partnership with other local, national and European organisations and institutions to deliver strong outcomes and results that positively impact and support young people in Ireland and internationally. The National Youth Council of Ireland is a registered charity and currently has 20 employees based in our Dublin office.
We believe that a fair and just society is one where young people are valued; where there is a commitment to justice; a belief in the interdependence of lives and a sense of solidarity that comes from people acting together; a strong commitment to freedom; and, a strong engagement with the ecological values of harmony and balance with nature.