Youth Information Centres (YICs) provide a free, confidential information
service to young people and those who work with them on a wide range of
subjects including ...
The centres operate a 'One Stop Shop' approach - rather like a supermarket
of facts - where all the information is available under the one roof.
Organisations & Clubs
Coping with Unemployment
Health & Social Services
Travel at Home & Abroad
Education & Training
Rights & Entitlements
Sport & Leisure
Local Community Services & Facilities
Located around the country, they are the first point of contact for
a young person seeking information on any subject of interest or concern.
They also cater for youth leaders, teachers, parents and other adults who
work with young people.
The information is provided in specially designed premises where the
atmosphere is warm and informal.
Trained and friendly staff are always available to help find or interpret
the information required. These staff work in close co-operation with other
relevant voluntary and statutory agencies and will refer young people to
them when further information or specialist help is required.
Young people are growing up in a fast
changing and complex world where they are confronted with many choices,
conflicts, challenges and pressures. Often they have to make decisions,
some of which will shape the rest of their lives. To do this effectively,
they need reliable information on the options available.
Enquiries can vary from a young person seeking information on a local youth
club or evening class to a person interested in stating a business or participating
in a European exchange.
Make the most of your spare time
Travel and see the world
Check out third level and other vocational training courses
Find a job
Become involved in youth work
Know more about your rights and entitlements
Find a flat
or just have someone to talk to in a difficult situation
... your local Youth Information Centre is a good place to start.
By providing fast and easy access to information, YICs aim to enable
young people to make realistic and responsible decisions about their lives.
They can help them to avail of opportunities open to them, to develop their
skills and abilities and to actively participate in society at local, national
and international level.
Those who did not have a specific enquiry are also encouraged to drop
in and browse ... look at the noticeboards .... read a newspaper or magazine
... watch a video ... or pick up a application form or free brochure.
A chance visit may result in a new interest or hobby ... a useful contact
... an unexpected opportunity ... a problem solved.
The range of information material on offer includes files on various
subjects ... guides & handbooks .... magazines & newspapers ...
brochures & factsheets ... noticeboards & special displays ...
videos ... computer databases.
Many YICs also offer additional services such as a low cost CV preparation
service ... European Youth Cards ... hostelling cards. People who wish
to have their enquires dealt with in private are also catered for.
A variety of outreach activities is also provided bringing information
to young people through ... information points publications workshops exhibitions
school & youth club work seminars local radio and press
At present there are more than 20 Youth Information Centres nationwide.
They are managed by a variety of youth organisations, as an integrated
part of locally based youth services. Some are joint projects run by youth
organisations in conjunction with Vocational Education Committees (VECs).
The national network of YICs is mainly funded by the Department of Education
from the National Lottery proceeds.
The National Youth Information Monitoring Committee (NYIMC), which is
composed of representatives of the organisations involved in the delivery
of youth information services and local VECs, advises the Department of
Education on the development of the youth information network.
The NYIMC also oversees the provision of a range of support services
to local YICs through the Youth Information Resource Unit. These include
co-ordination ... training ... a documentation supply service ... consultancy
... promotion ... representation ... computer support.
The NYIMC is the Irish member of ERYICA (European Youth Information
& Counselling Agency). Through this network, Youth Information workers
in Ireland can share experience and develop joint initiatives with their
counterparts in other European countries.
Youth Information Centres are generally open five days a week, with
some offering weekend and late night opening. Telephone callers are also
At one time or another all young people need information to help make
decisions or resolve difficulties. So when next time you have a query or
problem ... Check it out at your local Youth Information Centre.Youth Information Resource Unit
Hawkins House (11th floor)
Tel: (01) 873 4700 ext. 2514
Fax: (01) 671 5270