Make Minority a Priority: Insights from Minority Ethnic Young People
NYCI is committed to supporting youth organisations to achieve more equal, intercultural and inclusive communities.
Making Links’ regionally based seminars
NYCI has announced a new ‘Making Links’ project, with thanks to funding from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.
Making Links is for anyone in Ireland who is running a minority ethnic youth group already or who has advanced plans to run a minority ethnic youth group. It is open to faith based, community based and issue based youth groups.
We plan to run regionally based seminars to share practice and to determine training needs. Training will be developed and provided based on group leader’s needs. It can range from understanding youth work and how to work with groups, to registering your youth group and meeting Governance and Financial procedures.
Specifically we want to support youth leaders to identify training needs and also to have an opportunity to network with people working in a similar way across the country. This project follows on from Make Minority a Priority which we launched in 2017 and which recommends new ways for youth organisations to work with young people from minority ethnic backgrounds.
How can we best help you?
We are asking you to complete a short survey so that we can ensure that Making Links meets needs, both in terms of issues and geography. We’d really appreciate your support in spreading the word on this: https://www.surveymonkey.com/
Featured Item - Make Minority a Priority: Insights from Minority Ethnic Young People
This qualitative study explores the perspectives and experiences of 50 young minority ethnic people aged 15 to 24 years who have grown up in Ireland. The study by the NYCI aims to spark evidence informed debate in the youth sector and recommends new ways for youth organisations to work with young people from minority ethnic backgrounds.
Featured Item - Transforming Shadows
We are increasingly seeing divided communities, young people driven apart and discriminated against because of who they are or where they come from, experiencing anything from racism to street violence and war; crime, substance abuse and disaffection. We wanted to challenge this using non-formal youth work practice, and art as a tool for critical social engagement. We brought 12 young adults (aged 20 – 30) from diverse cultural, social and religious backgrounds from Ireland and Lebanon to work together in Beirut, Lebanon for one week to explore how they had Transformed Conflict in their own lives and what they would like to impart to other young people experiencing conflict.
The NQSF includes “ensuring and promoting equality and inclusiveness” as a Core Principle of Youth Work. The National Youth Strategy states that young people should be “included in society”, that “their equality and rights are upheld”, and “their diversity is celebrated”.
Many groups struggle to know if, or how, they are meeting these criteria because there are no set indicators or measures on equality and inclusive work.
Each short clip in the video series, supported by the Equality Authority, can be used as a standalone resource to raise discussions within youth groups, or in conjunction with the free online resource Access All Areas: A Diversity Toolkit in order to embed diversity within youth groups. A new video will be posted each month.
This new resource is based on the experience of intercultural youth work in 7 individual youth organisations based in Dublin. The stories express how they have each, in their own way, approached the 12 aspects or steps to good intercultural youth work practice.