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North-South Youth Forum Co-Chairs appointed

The Northern Ireland Youth Forum today appointed 2 young people as Co-Chairs of the first North South Youth Forum.  Grace Rogerson, 17, from Newcastle, County Down and Séamus Hogan, 18, from Curraha, County Meath (Pictured) were appointed to the roles in Belfast on Saturday afternoon. Commenting on the appointments, Chairperson of the NI Youth Forum Martin McAuley...

Son’s Of Ulster

NI Youth Forum report gets the views of ‘Sons of Ulster’ Young loyalist band members believe they have been demonised by a combination of negative media headlines and a lack of understanding of their culture by Nationalists and Republicans. That was one of the key findings of a major report exploring the attitudes of young loyalist band...

Young people show a ‘CAN’ do attitude

Young people show a ‘CAN’ do attitude Ten young people from Carrickfergus, Antrim and Newtownabbey have just returned from a life-changing visit to Poland to examine the effects of genocide and the Nazi Holocaust. The young people were participating in the Peer Leadership part of the CAN Detached Project, a youth programme funded by the CAN Peace...

NIYF Culture Night Alternative Riot

As an alternative to recent contention in Belfast City Centre, the Northern Ireland Youth Forums Champions for Change Project has organised the Alternative Riot, as part of Culture Night 2013. Traditionally Riots can be events about anti-social behaviour and violence. This event is about uniting young people, having fun and socialising. It will consist of...

NIYF Chairperson condemns threat against children

Chairman of the NI Youth Forum, Martin McAuley, has condemned threats by paramilitary group “The Red Hand Defenders” against school children, parents and staff of schools in the Greater Belfast Area.  He said: “This is a sickening attack on the right of every child to education free from the threat of violence or intimidation. There can be...

Younger and older generations unite to confront ageism

Northern Ireland’s younger and older generations today joined forces to campaign on key issues such as ageism, mental health and community safety. Delegates to the ‘Have Your Say’ Conference at Stormont agreed to establish closer links to create a powerful voice for change in Northern Ireland. The event, involving members of the Northern Ireland Youth Forum (NIYF)...

Global Youth Forum Scholarships to Washington D.C 2013

Save the Date! The 2013 Global Youth Forum (GYF) will be held November 6-10 in historic Washington, D.C., USA. Details and registration will be available in May of 2013. At the GYF, delegates ages 13-18 from around the globe increase their knowledge of the world, learn about other cultures, and participate in the advancement of peace. The...

Careers education survey

The Committee for Employment and Learning is currently conducting an Inquiry into Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in Northern Ireland.   They have already taken evidence from a number of agencies but are very keen to hear more from young people and their experiences.  To this end an online questionnaire has been developed to collect this information....

UKYP election results

The UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) can today announce the results of its first ever elections held in Northern Ireland.  The young people elected as Members of Youth Parliament are:  Belfast East Matthew Carson Belfast North Abigail McLaughlin Belfast South Beth McDade Belfast West Jennifer Devine East Antrim Jemima Higgins East Londonderry Jack McCann Fermanagh & South Tyrone Colm Fox Lagan Valley Asa Mallon Newry & Armagh Gavin Fleming North Antrim Emma Dillon North Down Ruairi Kennedy South Down Ryan Cairns Strangford Jonathan Pyper Upper...

International Women’s Day Rally

NIYF members attended the rally for International Women's Day today in Belfast City Centre. Commenting on the event, youth forum treasurer said: "It's great to see such a fantastic turnout for International Women's Day. It's important that we continue to support our female members, ensuring that their rights are upheld and voices promoted" "Coming off the back of...

Defend EMA

NIYF members will be joining other young people from across the region on Friday 14th March to protest against cuts to Education Maintenance Allowance. Last year, the Department for Employment and Learning at Stormont began a consultation process on plans to slash EMA payments to young people. Of the 5 options in the consultation paper, none...

International Women’s day

Join the Northern Ireland Youth Forum to celebrate International Women's day 2013. We're inviting people of all ages and genders to join us in our Berry Street offices for a day of solidarity, education and fun on Saturday 2nd March, 10am-3.30pm. We have a full programme of workshops and activities planned to help participants explore the...

Gold for Translink Youth Forum

NI Youth Forum members and Translink officials were delighted on Monday night as they won a coveted Gold Award at the NICCY Participation Awards. The Translink Youth Forum was rewarded for work in developing the Y-Link youth discount card for 16-23 year olds. Commissioner for Children and Young People, Patricia Lewsley-Mooney said, “These awards are for government...

Youth Forum gives evidence on Education Bill

 A delegation of youth forum members traveled to Stormont this month to give evidence to the education committee on the introduction of the education bill. Martin McAuley (Chairman), Rhíannon Kelly (Vice-chair), Declan Campbell and Chris Quinn (Director) made a presentation to MLAs about the need to consult, in a meaningfully way, with young people about...

UK Youth Parliament NI elections

The first ever elections to the UK Youth Parliament in Northern Ireland are currently in full swing! There are 54 candidates across 18 constituencies all campaigning to be the next MYP for their area. Voting opened on 7th February and will run until 7th March before the results are announced and the new MYPs appointed on...

NIYF Chairman statement on violence

Chairman of the Northern Ireland youth Forum, Martin McAuley, has condemned violence currently spreading across the region. Speaking after disturbances in Carrickfergus, Ballymena and Belfast he said:  “I understand the depth of feeling in response to the Belfast City council decision on the Union flag. Symbols remain a hugely divisive issue and one of the biggest...

NI MYPs to address House of Commons

Members of the UK Youth parliament will be gathering in London tomorrow to debate the issues that matter most to them in the House of Commons at Westminster.  UKYP is currently the only group allowed to use the Commons chamber for debate apart from MPs.  Among them will be members of NIYF who have been...

Anti-Bullying Week

Monday marked the launch of the Northern Ireland Anti-bullying forum sponsored anti-bullying week. As part of a week long period of action to raise awareness and challenge bullying across society, Northern Ireland Youth Forum members have been involved in a poster campaign being rolled out in schools, libraries, doctors surgeries and on public transport. Youth forum...

Votes at 16

  Northern Ireland Youth Forum welcomes votes at 16 Debate Representatives of the NI Youth forum today welcomed news that following their meeting with MLAs this month, a joint Sinn Fein/Green Party motion urging the lowering of the voting age to 16 will be debated in the assembly in November. At the latest AGM, members of the...

Votes @ 16

Northern Ireland Youth Forum Launches Votes@16 Campaign At our August ‘Have your Say Day’, the members of the Northern Ireland Youth Forum (NIYF) started work on their campaign to lower the voting age in Northern Ireland to 16. This was in response to the result of a poll held at the NIYF Annual General Meeting which...