Your guide to training, events, vacancies, and opportunities across the youth sector.

May 2021

Hello John,

I hope you're keeping well this Friday.

Below you'll find your round-up of opportunities, updates, and events from NYCI (including two great opportunities to join our team) and across the sector, as well as news of the Rethink Ireland €1.2m Engage and Educate fund

Stay safe and have a great weekend,




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Meditation Sessions series

We're delighted to see that hundreds of you have now joined our free month-long meditation journey focused on you and your wellbeing since it launched last month! NYCI partnered with The Sanctuary to develop the series to support youth workers and those working with young people. If you haven't done so yet sign up here >>

Individual recognition for professional youth workers with 15+ years’ experience

The North South Education and Training Standards Committee for Youth Work (NSETS) has recently approved a process whereby those who do not hold qualifications specifically in youth work but who have been continuously engaged in professional youth work practice for 15 years can apply for a statement of individual recognition. Find out more >>

Hiring: Youth Participation Project Officer

We are seeking a Youth Participation Project Officer to increase the engagement of youth workers and young people in our European youth participation initiatives. Find out more >>

Hiring: Health Promotion Officer

NYCI's National Youth Health Programme is recruiting a Health Promotion Officer to contribute to the development and rollout of the programme’s strategic plan in line with NYCI’s own strategic plan as well as national policy. Find out more >>

National car insurance and young people survey

We are working with the Union of Students in Ireland to conduct research on the experiences of young people aged 17-25 living in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland when obtaining motor insurance. Read more >>

Join our Youth Participation Network

We want young people to inject meaningful and actionable ideas into the Conference on the Future of Europe and empower young people from all walks of life to become active citizens. We are currently seeking youth workers, volunteers and young leaders to join us in creating a dynamic space for young people to shape their world and be heard at European level. Register your interest >>

Young voices inform Growing Up in Ireland research

The Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) study team and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth would like input from young voices aged 24-26 to inform and plan upcoming GUI research. This consultation is being organised to help inform the next wave of the study which will collect information from participants when they are 25 years old. Read more >>


Dedicated Liaison Person training

This is a two-day training programme delivered by the Child Protection Programme for DLPs and Deputy DLPs in the youth sector. Its aim is to give participants the opportunity to explore the role and responsibilities of being a DLP, and to give participants information and guidance on good practice in order to carry out the role effectively. Sign up here >>

Introduction to circus skills in youth work

This tailored training is designed in partnership with Dublin Circus School to enhance your youth work toolkit by adding a range of beginner circus skills. It provides practical tips and a beginner circus toolkit and aims to enhance your creative ability, artistic skills, and confidence when working with young people. Participants will receive an introductory circus toolkit which includes video tutorials so you can start using your new skills straight away. Register here >>

Drama techniques in youth work settings

This tailored workshop is designed to spark new ideas and contribute insightful and meaningful drama approaches to your youth work toolkit. It will provide practical tips that aim to enhance your skillset and creative confidence when using drama as a tool when working with young people. Learn more >>

Celebrating Cruinniú na nÓg

NYCI is working with Ballymun Anseo School Completion Programme, Ballymun Regional Youth Resource and SWICN Clubhouseto celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 through three STEAM in Youth Work Workshops. Learn more >>

Survey: Space and participation for all

The National Youth Council of Ireland has been consulting young people in Ireland through the EU Youth Dialogue process on the topic of “Space and Participation for All”. Young people should have access to their right to participate in democracy and this means removing barriers and creating equal opportunity and building bridges between young people and political institutions. Find out more >>


NYCI welcomes 'Vote at 16' bill

NYCI welcomed a bill introduced by Thomas Pringle TD in the Dáil that would see voting rights extended to over 128,000 young people aged 16 and 17. James Doorley, NYCI Deputy Director said: “NYCI supports the Voting at 16 bill being proposed by Deputy Pringle. We have been calling for voting rights for 16 and 17-year-olds since we launched our ‘New Age in Voting’ campaign in 2009, and this bill is a positive step in the right direction.” Read more >>

Reaching out to minority ethnic Irish young people

Dr Maria Barry and Dr. Malgosia Machowska-Kosciak of Dublin City University are carrying out a piece of research that aims to gather and examine the opinions, experience, and future intentions of minority ethnic young people in Ireland aged 18-24. We are helping them connect with second generation Irish young people to participate in an online focus group. Find out more >>

Covid-19: guidance for youth services

We continue to work with officials in the department to revise the guidance in response to any new restrictions and will continue to update the Guidance for Youth Organisations on Resuming Full ServicesWe will also update the official DCEDIY/NYCI Covid Induction for Youth Services to reflect any changes.


Member News

Youth Work Ireland survey

Our friends at Youth Work Ireland are doing a survey to better understand the experiences of young people growing up in Ireland and to support their voices to be heard in the decisions that affect their lives. The survey findings will guide Youth Work Ireland in the development of their Strategic Plan so we can all put #youngvoicesfirst. Take the survey >>

Gaisce Gold online portfolio workshops

Gaisce is running an online portfolio workshop for Gold participants on 9 June. Register here >>

Gaisce Gold residential option

If you are working with any Gaisce Gold participants who are due to finish their journey in 2021 but have had difficulty in securing a residential, applications are now open for an option running at the end of June. Participants must be available for the full five days. More info here >>

Gaisce seeks PALs

If you are interested in becoming a President's Award Leader (PAL) and mentoring youth participants or those aged 18-25 with a local volunteer centre or other Gaisce Award Partner around the country, get in touch today >>

Irish Girl Guides spread wave of kindness

Members of Irish Girl Guides (IGG) were delighted to get back to outdoor guiding in time for National Good Turn Week, which kicked off on 10 May. Good Turns can be done at home, at school, or in their local community. As well as helping with chores at home, IGG members get together during National Good Turn Week to do litter picks, beach clean-ups, and bulb-planting. They share these on social media with the hashtag #GoodTurns. Read more >>


Young Entrepreneurs Shine Bright Through Adversity 

The Foróige Youth Entrepreneur of the Year for 2021 was announced this month with Tadhg O’Brien, 17,  from Louth taking the title for his business Scriptorium Pens. See all the winners and find out more >>


Is your organisation an NYCI Member?

As well as advocating on your behalf, NYCI provides advice, networking and development opportunities, and expert training in all areas of youth work, including child protection, development education, equality, arts, health, and more. Find out more here >>


Gaisce: Events and community officer


Other Youth Sector News

Engage and Educate fund

This is a €1.2 million three-year Rethink Ireland fund. The fund is open for applications until 5 pm on June 2nd, 2021. The aim of the fund is to support organisations that empower young people and adults through education and seek to break the poverty cycle as a result. Find out more >>

Peer advocacy group for young people with sight loss

A peer advocacy group for 18-30-year-olds with sight loss meets online once a month. Some places are available in the group. Email Valerie for more info >>

Career guidance needs: minority ethnic students

A doctoral research project is being conducted on the career guidance needs of minority ethnic students and the competences of guidance counsellors to meet these needs. This has been a topic of concern and interest for many minority ethnic young people and this is a unique opportunity to have your say and make a real difference. View the survey >>

Concern: 1Planet4All

Concern Worldwide has just launched a new campaign called 1Planet4All which focuses on the climate change crisis and will focus on young people taking action and becoming climate change activists. A part of this campaign is developing resources that can be used by youth organisations, so Concern is looking for youth workers to complete a short survey to help develop useful and practical tools. Take the survey >>

Survey: What makes a good life?

The National Economic and Social Council (NESC) has been requested by the Department of the Taoiseach to support work towards developing a wellbeing framework for Ireland. The government has committed to develop a framework that will look beyond economic indicators to give us a more holistic picture of where we are and where we want to be as a society. The purpose of this survey is to gather insights that will inform and shape the development of this framework. Take the survey >>


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