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Youth Information Centres


A Key Resource for Young People  

 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 careers, education, employment matters, rights and entitlements, leisure, sport, travel and European opportunities.

Located around the country, they are a first point of contact for a young person seeking information on any subject of interest or concern.  

Trained and friendly staff are 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.
If you want to...

  • 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.
  • Volunteering Abroad.

Those who do not have a specific enquiry are also encouraged to drop in and browse... look at noticeboards... read a newspaper or magazine... watch a video... or pick up an 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 materials on offer includes files on various subjects... guides & handbooks... magazines & newspapers... brochures & factsheets... noticeboards & special displays... videos... computer databases.

Many YICs offer additional services such as a low cost CV preparation service... Internet access...European Youth Cards...Hostelling cards.

People who wish to have their enquiries dealt with in private are catered for.


Youth Information Centres also provide a variety of outreach activities bringing information to young people through information points.... publications... workshops... seminars... exhibitions... schools & youth club work... local radio and press.

At one time or another all young people need information to help make decisions or resolve difficulties. Find your Local Youth Information Centre to get the information and support you need when next you have a problem or query.

The national youth information network currently comprises 26 Youth Information Centres, which are funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. These Centres, which are administered by a variety of youth organisations, operate as an integrated part of locally based youth services and provide a free, generalist, drop-in information service, in specially designed premises, to young people and those who work with them.

Conditions and Procedures for grant funding allocated under DCYA Schemes 2018