Clár na nÓg: Youth Sector Updates – April 2024

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Free STEAM Activity Kits
Would you like to enhance your skills in engaging young people? Or looking for new activities that will foster their curiosity and creativity? As part of the NYCI STEAM programme we are offering youth, voluntary and community workers the chance to explore STEAM activities without the cost barriers (subject to on-going availability).
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Intro to STEAM Taster Sessions
We’re excited to announce our upcoming taster series “Intro to STEAM.” Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, join us as we look at how to easily integrate STEAM fundamentals into your youth work or community practice. We are offering FREE, on demand, and bespoke half day, in person or online training workshops for youth or community lead organisations! 
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New Edit of Beyond Hate Activity Pack launched
Equality and Intercultural Programme, together with Dannielle McKenna, Project Manager at Rialto Youth Project, are delighted to bring you this newly edited copy of Beyond Hate, an activity pack for youth workers supporting them in their journey with young people towards inclusion and transformation.
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Health Quality Mark awarded
Cork Foyer and Finglas Youth Resource were awarded Health Quality Marks (HQM) by the National Youth Council of Ireland in recognition of their work on health promotion for young people. 
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Youth homelessness: NYCI responds to 128% rise since Government assumed office
The latest figures for February show that the number of people aged 18-24 accessing emergency accommodation in Ireland has more than doubled since this Government took office in June 2020, and compared to February last year there has been a 14% increase. We urge the Government and the incoming Taoiseach Simon Harris to make reversing the drastic rise in youth homelessness a top priority.
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Youth Democracy Festival Dublin 2024
On 15th February, the International Programme held their 2024 Youth Democracy Festival. Jess Donohue, a young person who attended the event, reflects on the day via blog post.
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Anti-Racism Month 2024
Each year during the month of March, we celebrate Anti-Racism month; a month in which organisations and people in Ireland and around the world committed to social justice take a stance against racism and stand in solidarity with communities affected by it.
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Closure of British Youth Council
NYCI acknowledges with deep regret the announcement of the closure of the British Youth Council (BYC) after more than seven decades of invaluable service to young people’s representation and advocacy in the UK and internationally. The NYCI and the BYC have shared a longstanding partnership, united in our commitment to amplifying the voices of the young and advocating for their rights at every level of society. The closure of the BYC is not just a loss for the UK but is felt deeply by us in Ireland and by our peers across the globe who have been inspired by their work.
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Member News

IWA: Ability Programme
Providing holistic, person-centred Coaching to enable a person to become an independent jobseeker or employee. Funded by the Dormant Accounts Fund and administered through Pobal, Ability is a free employability and job-seeking skills programme for people, aged 18 and over with a physical disability who want to get closer to employment and progress on their career journey. 
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Foróige: Launch of “Building Children’s Futures” Report
Foróige and leading children’s advocacy organisations across Ireland joined together on 28th Feb to mark the launch of Building Children’s Future’s: Using Children’s Rights to Recover from the Global Pandemic. The newly published report explores how key decisions made in Ireland during the Covid-19 pandemic impacted children’s and young people’s lives.
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AsIAm: Same Chance Walk for Autism
April is Autism Acceptance Month and AsIAm has a full calendar of events lined up, including their Same Chance walk in Belmont and Dublin’s first-ever Neurodiversity Festival. 
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Gaisce: Breath of Fresh Éire
Breath of Fresh Éire, a ground-breaking art collaboration between Gaisce – The President’s Award, Oberstown Children Detention Campus and An Garda Síochána Balbriggan was officially launched on Thursday March 28th. Breath of Fresh Éire consists of three art installations, created by the young people of Oberstown and overseen by artist Joe Caslin.
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BelongTo: Youth Advisory Panel
Belong To – LGBTQ+ Youth Ireland is now accepting applications to its Youth Advisory Panel! This group consists of LGBTQ+ young people who can come together to support Belong To in achieving our vision of a society where LGBTQ+ young people are equal, safe and thriving.
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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.
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Foróige: Youth Officer, Programme Coordinator, and more


Other Youth Sector News

STAND: Summer Bootcamp for Changemakers
Apply to STAND’s Ideas Collective 2024 – our summer bootcamp where you will learn the skills and techniques to shape your solutions for positive change. The programme culminates in a Showcase in early September where you get to pitch your idea to win seed funding.
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National Volunteer Management Conference
Volunteer Ireland’s annual National Volunteer Management Conference will take place on 1st May 2024 in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel. With a mix of national and international speakers, eight master classes and networking over the course of the day, we look forward to welcoming you to this year’s National Volunteer Management Conference.
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Funding Opportunity: Fill Your Tank – Holiday Hunger Initiative
The Children’s Rights Alliance is delighted to announce a new funding opportunity available to our members to address food poverty and holiday hunger over the summer holiday period. Funding is available to a maximum of €5,000 for four successful projects. Please note the closing date for applications is: 5pm, Tuesday the 17th April 2024.
Apply now >>

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