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Youth Arts News November 2016

Update from the Youth Arts Programme

Youth Arts Advocacy Programme Now Open for Applications

NYCI Youth Arts Advocacy Project for Young People Now Open for Applications!

Is there a burning youth arts issue in your community (you need a new home for your group, you’d like to be able to welcome more new members – or maybe you just want to celebrate and tell everyone about the great work your group does!)  We have the youth leadership project for you!

Using NYCI’s advocacy expertise across a range of issues affecting young people for many years, and the experience of successfully hosting the National Youth Arts Showcase, The National Youth Council of Ireland invites applications from 3-4 young people plus a leader, to take part in youth arts advocacy/leadership training.

This training will take place over 2 days in Dublin include a number of expert inputs on how decisions in Ireland are made, communications and working with the media, working with elected representatives and using your voice to promote your message. 

There will also be opportunities for young people to continue to work with NYCI on other advocacy events (for example in the past young people have presented their experiences of being part of arts projects to Joint Oireachtas Committees, met with relevant ministers etc. This year’s participants produced a film and a social media campaign, attended a Hackathon at Twitter HQ and will shortly be presenting their work at NYCI’s annual conference).

Aswell as meeting experts in their field and exploring youth leadership and advocacy, participants very much enjoyed the residential and social element of meeting and making friends with young people from other youth arts projects.


  • You must be a member of a youthwork organisation with an arts project /arts dimension or a specialised youth work project or organisation such as a youth theatre, film project, youth orchestra or band etc

  • You must be between 16-19 years old

  • Your organisation or project must commit to supporting you with this training (by committing to help you host an event or initiative in your local area after the training and having a leader accompany you to the training)

  • We envisage teams of 3-4 young people and a leader applying together from each interested project

  • Priority will be given to applications from member organisations of The National Youth Council.

Training will take place in Dublin 4th/5th February 2017.

Expenses (travel, accommodation, training, evening activities and meals) will be covered by NYCI and a small ‘seed funding’ grant will be available to help support your local initiative.

Successful groups will be expected to abide by NYCI’s Welfare Policy and other relevant NYCI policies.

To apply  please request an application from Anne O’Gorman, Senior Project Officer, Youth Arts, National Youth Council of Ireland, 3 Montague St, Dublin 2 or phone 01 4255932 with any questions. We can’t wait to hear from you!

NYCI Seeks Expressions of Interest for Youth Arts Programme Strategic Plan Development

Approaching its 20th year, and in the context of new national policies (Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures (DCYA) and Making Great Art Work (The Arts Council) as well as NYCI’s development of a new strategic plan, NYCI's Youth Arts Programme now seeks to conduct a strategic review leading to the development of a new strategic plan. 


The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations working with over 380,000 young people. We use our collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people. We provide a comprehensive range of advice, information and training programmes nationally. 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.

The National Youth Council of Ireland is a registered charity. In existence for almost 50 years, The National Youth Council of Ireland has grown incrementally and currently has 20 employees based in an office in Dublin. 

The NYCI’s Youth Arts Programme is strategic partnership of The National Youth Council of Ireland, The Arts Council and The Dept of Children and Youth Affairs.

The Youth Arts Programme is dedicated to the development and advancement of youth arts in Ireland. It aims specifically to realise the potential of young people through good quality youth arts practice within youth work organisations and the non-formal educational sector, and to develop appropriate policies and activities at local, regional and national level.  


It achieves its aims by:

  • Encouraging and supporting young people to access and participate in the arts.

  • Promoting exemplary models of youth arts practice in youth work organisations and in the wider, non-formal youth sector.

  • Promoting youth arts as an effective youth work methodology that is informed by relevant art form expertise and experience.

  • Acting as a national youth arts information and resource service.

  • Promoting a partnership approach to work in the area of youth arts.

  • Creating linkages with appropriate agencies at local, national and international level.

    Approaching its 20th year, and in the context of new national policies (Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures (DCYA) and Making Great Art Work (The Arts Council) as well as NYCI’s development of a new strategic plan, the programme now seeks to conduct a strategic review leading to the development of a new strategic plan.  Request for tender document and relevant background information can be found at or by contacting Anne O Gorman, Senior Project Officer, Youth Arts  (01) 4255932

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