Invest in youth – National Youth Council of Ireland

by Gazette Reporter
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National Youth Council of Ireland calls for €12 million investment in young people in next week’s Budget

Over 3,000 people have signed a National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) petition calling on the government to provide much-needed funding for youth work in Budget 2023, so youth groups across the country can continue to deliver essential services during a cost-of-living crisis that is affecting their ability to reach young people.

Young people were at Leinster House to present the petition to members of the Oireachtas Committee on Youth ahead of Budget Day, next Tuesday. They shared stories of how their lives were changed by youth work and called for an extra €12 million in Government funding for the youth work sector and young people.

Photographed at the petition handover chatting to Mary Lou McDonald and Chris Andrews were Conor McAuley, Mornington, Co Meath, a person born with muscular dystrophy, whose personal story about the positive benefits that youth work has had on his life is part of the document with Members of the Talk About Youth Project, St Andrew’s Resource Centre, Pearse Street. Erica Gray Coyne, Lauren Gray, Katelynn Adam, youth project manager Carmel O’Connor and Nikolas Ryan.
Picture: Marc O’Sullivan

Research into the impact of the rising cost-of-living, carried out by RED C on behalf of NYCI, shows that 2 in 3 people, across all age groups, are in favour of increasing government spending on youth work services in communities as a way of supporting young people.

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