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Northern Ireland Youth Forum Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Ireland_Youth_Forum

Northern Ireland Youth Forum
AbbreviationNIYF
Formation1979
TypeRegistered charity
PurposeYouth representation
HeadquartersBelfast
Region served
Northern Ireland
Chairperson
Oisín-Tomás Ó Raghallaigh
Main organ
Executive Committee
WebsiteNIYF

The Northern Ireland Youth Forum (NIYF) is a youth organisation in the United Kingdom, consisting of volunteer members aged between 11 and 25. Winners of the very first MTV voices award in 2011.

NIYF[edit]

The NIYF is a youth led organisation that lobbies, advocates, promotes and fights for the rights of young people in Northern Ireland. The primary aim is to build the confidence and awareness of all young people so that they can assert their rights as listed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.


The Executive Committee are responsible for the management of the Youth Forum. The Executive set the priorities for the Youth Forum and they employ a staff team to carry out this work.

The Committee for 2021 – 2022 were elected at the AGM on the 28th June 2021 and are listed below.

Chairperson Oisín-Tomás Ó Raghallaigh
Vice Chairperson Nicole Parkinson-Kelly
Honorary Secretary Niamh Mallaghan
Treasurer Eoin Millar
Public Relations Officer Aofie Murphy
Youth Democracy Representative Cohen Taylor
International Representative George Poots
Executive Committee Member Maddison Murphy
Executive Committee Member Max Kieran
Executive Committee Member John Kane
Executive Committee Member Jack Dalzell
Executive Committee Member Ruáiri McBride
Executive Committee Member Kate Lynch
Executive Committee Member Ryan Harling
Executive Committee Member Grace Cavanagh
Executive Committee Member Sophia Anderson
Executive Committee Member Adam Crothers
Executive Committee Member Zac Taylor-Clarke
Executive Committee Member Ciara Ní HUisceith
Advisor Tara Grace Connolly
Advisor Ellen Fearon
Advisor Sara Loughlin

History[edit]

The Northern Ireland Youth Forum was created by the Department of Education in 1979[1] to ensure that young people's opinions were heard and valued by government. As part of the Youth Sector, the Youth Forum was asked to help young people engage in decision-making about the delivery of services such as youth clubs, local youth councils, as well as in wider society.

Today the Youth Forum's mantra is ‘promoting the voice of young people’, and it works with young people across Northern Ireland to ensure they are able to fully participate in making decisions within their community.

Membership[edit]

The Youth Forum is a member-based organisation, which means that it gets its direction and focus from the young people it is created to work for.[2] Membership is open to all young people living in Northern Ireland aged between 11 and 25 who support the core values and aims of the Youth Forum.

Members are encouraged to take an active role in the life of the organisation, including standing for election to the executive committee. Members also receive our monthly email newsletter ‘eBumpfh’ that contains information about current work, training opportunities, and exciting events.

Members are encouraged to keep in touch with the Membership Development Worker to inform them of the work that they are doing in their local area or youth club. Through the online discussion forum Members can talk about issues that they care about, feed into ongoing consultations that are managed by the Youth Forum, and make friends with other Members.

Areas of focus[edit]

The forum lists five main focal points of its work,[3] detailed below.

  • Working with young people
  • Speaking up, fighting for and making change in Northern Ireland
  • Getting young people involved in the work of the Northern Ireland Youth Forum
  • Getting the message out from politicians, organisations and the forum
  • Looking to the future and constantly improving the four aforementioned focal points.

UK Youth Parliament[edit]

The NIYF also fills the position of a regional body of the UK Youth Parliament;[4] as such it remains involved in national and local campaigns. Currently the forum holds positions on the Procedures group and Board of Trustees of the UKYP.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Northern Ireland Youth Forum - NIYF". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  2. ^ "Northern Ireland Youth Forum - NIYF". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  3. ^ "Northern Ireland Youth Forum - NIYF". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  4. ^ "UK Youth Parliament : Making Our Mark". Archived from the original on 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2009-02-14.