Equality & Intercultural

The Equality and Intercultural Programme at NYCI is here to support you to embed equality, inclusion, diversity and interculturalism in your youth work setting.

We provide a unique and innovative suite of training programmes, resources, policy development, advice, and networking opportunities. We have carried out research to support youth work organisations to engage more effectively with young people from minority ethnic backgrounds. Central to our work is hearing the voice of young people furthest from the mainstream. NYCI members are invited to join our Equality and Inclusion Support Network.

Our equality and intercultural support includes:

  • Access All Areas Diversity Toolkit (a self assessment tool for youth workers and managers) 13 Chapters – with checklist – on working with young people from minority or marginalised groups
  • Lets Act on Inclusion video series 
  • 8 Steps to Inclusive Youth Work – a self-assessment tool to see how your organisation is performing on inclusion related issues – mapped against your reporting in NQSF and the National Youth Strategy – with good practice examples from 16 youth organisations.
  • Educational Tool and Practice Manual on Transforming Hate in Youth Settings: an Educational Tool and Practice Manual
  • Transforming Shadows activity resource for those working with young people on resilience, emotional development and overcoming conflict.
  • Bridges & Barriers to Unity a toolkit for youth work to promote diversity and inclusion.
  • Beyond hate activity resource for youth workers
  • See the research Make Minority a Priority on the experiences of minority ethnic young people’s experiences growing up in Ireland.
  • Are you looking for an answer to a specific question?
  • Is there an issue you would like to see some discussion on?
  • Are you looking for a resource that could help you in your work?
  • Would you like to make contact with others doing intercultural and inclusive youth work?
  • Would you like training in intercultural and inclusive youth work?
  • Are you looking for support on the equality and inclusiveness requirements in the NQSF?
  • Would you like the names of drama or art facilitators with expertise in intercultural and inclusive youth work?
  • If you have a question, concern, request or comment please email Anne anne@nyci.ie or phone 01 4784122 or 086 7807705


Transforming Hate in Youth Work Settings

This training focuses on tackling hateful speech or behaviours in real and lasting ways. We come from the premise that hate and discrimination will not be changed by taking a punitive approach. The training gives tools to the youth worker to build their self-awareness, learn the principles of compassionate communication and adopt a needs-based approach to bring about lasting change.

8 Steps to Inclusive Youth Work – Training

Youth organisations can find it difficult to report on their inclusive youth work practice: “What should it look like?”; “Have we done enough?”; “Have we fallen short in some areas?”; “How do we do inclusion work in the context of other demands?”; “What are the key things we need to know to meet the key needs of minority and marginalised young people?”

Designing an Intercultural Programme

On day one the course follows the structure of the ‘Intercultural Awareness and Cultural Competency’ training day. On the second day participants will develop practical skills to engage with young people and volunteers in a culturally diverse setting, as well as planning and delivering their own session on Interculturalism and inclusion.


Regularisation Scheme for Undocumented People is Opening on 31st January

NYCI is delighted that the regularisation scheme for undocumented people living in Ireland has opened

Regularisation Scheme for Undocumented People 2021

NYCI is delighted with last week’s announcement of a regularisation scheme for undocumented people living in Ireland. The scheme, although limited to the next six months, brings rights and justice to about 17,000 residents, including 3,000 children and young people, who all call Ireland home. For many, it is their only home.

Could you be a Champion for Racial Justice in Youth Work?

An exciting development opportunity has come up for youth workers to join a network of Champions on Racial Justice and Diversity in youth work.

The Scheme to Support National Organisations is funded by the Government of Ireland through the Department of Rural and Community Development

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