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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 arts leadership project for you!

Training will take place in Dublin 30th and 31st October 2018 (mid-term break).

Deadline for applications: Friday, 5th October 2018.

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 2 leaders, to take part in youth arts advocacy training.

This training will take place over 2 days in Dublin over mid-term break 2018. It includes 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, past participants will present their experiences of being part of arts projects to a Joint Oireachtas Committee later this year, have met with relevant ministers and presented their work in Dublin Castle and Queen’s University, Belfast. Previous participants produced a film and a social media campaign, attended a Hackathon at Twitter HQ and an event for young people at Aras an Uachtarain.

As well as meeting experts in their field and exploring youth leadership and advocacy, participants have told us they very much enjoyed the residential and social element of meeting and making friends with young people from other youth arts projects around the country.


  • Your group 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.

  • Participants must be over 15 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 2 leaders applying together from each interested project

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

Things to bear in mind:

Because this project will involve a residential weekend and undertaking a project in your community, that might be more achievable for young people who are not in an exam year. After the project is complete in mid 2019, we will continue to invite you to participate in relevant events and to share your experiences for the following year – the decision about whether or not your group is in a position to participate will of course be up to you.

A review of this project found that the training young people undertook was valuable to their organisation too (profile raising, engaging with local elected representatives etc) and so for this reason, we ask that 2 leaders are attached to the project.

Training will take place in Dublin 30th and 31st October 2018 (mid term break).

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 complete the application form below and return to 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!

Deadline for applications: Friday, 5th October 2018.

Download Youth Arts Advocacy Leadership Project 2018 Application Form (to be completed by nominating leader).