Clár na nÓg – training, events, opportunities across the Youth Sectorand more

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Upcoming training, deadlines, and calls


Remember to check out our Covid-19 hub for more resources, training, and advice.


Meditation Sessions series

This is a free month-long meditation journey focused on you and your wellbeing. NYCI has partnered with The Sanctuary to develop the series to support youth workers and those working with young people. Sign up here >>


Developing a sexual health policy

This one-day course is a follow on from the B4UDecide/Delay training or other sexual health courses. It aims to strengthen the organisational environment for the delivery of sexual health programmes and will consider the development of policy and good practice. Sign up here >>


Artist and Youth Work Residency Grant Scheme

Do you have a good idea for a youth arts project in your youth group but require the funding to work with an artist? Apply now for the Youth Arts Explorer Grant €1,500 or Youth Arts Full Grant €5,000. Apply by April 20 >>


Shaping our Electricity Future: Online youth assembly

NYCI is calling on young people to share their vision as part of this major online youth assembly we’re working on with EirGrid. Ireland’s ambition is to achieve 70% renewable energy by 2030. But how do we move from ambition to achievement? Register here >>


Info session on ERC funding possibilities for youth arts projects

NYCI is collaborating with Léargas to bring you this online session exploring the possibilities within the Solidarity Grant for youth arts projects. Solidarity projects are youth-led initiatives carried out by at least five young people aged 18-30. They can last from two to 12 months, and there are grants of up to €8,000 available. Take a look >>


Call for applications: Youth 2030 Young People’s Committee

NYCI is excited to announce the second round of the Youth 2030 Young People’s Committee. Since 2020, our Youth 2030 programme has welcomed a cohort of young people to support a strong youth participation movement around global justice issue. Find out more >>


Introduction to stop-motion animation

Participants will build their own cut-out puppet from card and animate it using the stop motion studio app. In the course of their creation of the animation, participants will learn how to set up a space to effectively shoot their animation, make use of a variety of materials to create a cut-out puppet, and effectively animate it. Learn more >>


NYCI Youth Arts Online Summer School

This practical and in-depth training aims to bring together youth workers, volunteers, and youth arts practitioners to develop new skills to communicate better with young people in visual and innovative ways. Participants will be provided with inspiration and space to further their creativity. Through our mentoring process, participants will be supported to create a six-week programme ready for implementation over the summer months! 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 >>


European SDGs training

The aim of this seminar delivered by Leargas in partnership with our Youth2030 programme is to offer those working with young people an international learning experience, enabling them to develop their competencies in connecting local issues to global issues using the Sustainable Development Goals as a framework. Apply here >>


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 Services. We will also update the official DCEDIY/NYCI Covid Induction for Youth Services to reflect any changes.

Member News:

FYRC Step Up for Youth Mental Health

Finglas young people and staff have walked (virtually) from Dublin to Venice to raise money for the ‘Hear me Out’ youth mental health service – a youth counselling service for Finglas – while also promoting physical activity to support mental wellbeing during the pandemic.


Youth Work Ireland Week

Youth Work Ireland Week is an annual week of celebrating the work of local youth services around Ireland. This year the week will take place from April 26th – May 2nd and the focus will be on youth work outdoors. Find out more >>


Fóroige careers seminars

Fóroige is hosting a series of 15 seminars featuring mentors from a variety of professional fields. They are free to attend and will offer the opportunity to ask questions. Register and find out more >>


ECO-UNESCO ECO-weeks – April 2021 – Celebrating the Earth

The ECO-Weeks is a week-long initiative that includes a series of online events including workshops, live talks, pre-recorded presentations, competitions, challenges, and broadcast events for young people between 10 to 18 years of age. Find out more >>


Irish Girl Guides boosting youth mental health

Irish Girl Guides’ youth mental health programme has received a welcome boost from the ESB Energy for Generations Fund. The €10,000 grant is helping IGG continue to promote positive mental health by covering the cost of 3,000 Healthy Mind badges, a special Healthy Minds edition of the IGG magazine Trefoil News, and the upskilling of volunteer leaders in delivering the IGG Healthy Mind programme. 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 >>


Irish Aid: Education officer

Other Youth Sector News:

Call for submissions: Maynooth International Youth Studies Conference

In partnership with Léargas and NUI Maynooth, NYCI is launching the new International Youth Work youthworkandyou.org module on international youth work in a European programmes context at the What’s the Story?: Narrative in Youth Work and Youth Studies conference. The conference takes place online on 24-25 June 2021. Express your interest >>


PEACE PLUS EU funding programme

This programme was designed to support peace and prosperity across Northern Ireland and the border counties of Ireland, building on the work of the previous PEACE and INTERREG Programmes. It will offer a wide range of funding opportunities across a diverse range of sectors. Find out more and view the public consultation >>


Open Call: Dublin Maker 2021

You are invited to submit your entries for a two-day virtual festival which takes the form of a show-and-tell experience where inventors and makers have an opportunity to present their creations. It will be a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Apply here >>


Public consultation: DFA Global Citizenship & Development Education Strategy

The Minister of State for Overseas Development Colm Brophy TD invites you to attend a public consultation on the development of the new Global Citizenship and Development Education Strategy 2021-2024. It’s taking place on 21 April. Email to register >>


Fundraising Online: #FRO2021

Fundraising Online is a virtual fundraising conference taking place this year from 28-30 April. It will focus on the new and emerging technologies that are so criticial to fundraisers as they move through the pandemic and beyond. Tickets for the three day event start from just £30, with bursaries available for organisations that need financial support to attend. Register here >>


SFI Discover Programme Science Week call

Science Foundation Ireland is pleased to launch the SFI Discover Programme Science Week Call 2021. The purpose of this call is to provide support to festivals and events nationwide that encourage people, in particular those underrepresented in STEM, or those with less access to STEM, to engage in ways that are relevant and accessible during Science Week 2021 and beyond. Register for the webinar >>


Help design sports programmes for teenage girls

Sport Ireland recently launched a piece of research titled ‘Girls Get Active Report’ which explored the attitudes of inactive teenage girls towards sport and physical activity. As you might be familiar, only 7% of teenage girls obtain the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day. It is important for us that we put the research into practice but also involve teenage girls and young women as we try to design sport and exercise opportunities for them. You are invited to join a hackathon from 16-18 April to share your ideas. Register here >>


Creativity and change: deep-dive training

This workshop series offers a deep-dive into the idea of the awesome solution, exploring the concept across a range of disciplines, methodologies, and facilitators, bringing you through a variety of processes that can be adapted and integrated into your own work. Exploring development education topics and global and social justice means covering complex issues, discussing interconnected systemic BIG world problems, things that often feel outside of our control can be overwhelming. Find out more >>


MA in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Health and Well Being

Do you want to become a highly skilled facilitator and advance within your chosen profession? or seek new employment opportunities? The MA in Advanced Facilitation Skills is an innovative practice orientated programme. This is a full time course and its delivery reflects the flexibility required for adult learners. The programme is delivered in Dublin on one Friday and Saturday per month per semester and 3 residential weekends dispersed across the 3 semesters from September 2021. Check out www.wit.ie/wd591 or contact the Course Leaders directly at PCarroll@wit.ie / MLBarry@wit.ie


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Send your news, events, and activities for inclusion in the next edition of Clár na nÓg, the youth sector newsletter, to communications@nyci.ie.

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