About NIYF


NIYF Group Meeting


The Northern Ireland Youth Forum is youth led. This means that it is run by young people and is all about young people.

Any young person aged 11-25 can get involved.

We were set up in 1979 by the Department of Education to represent the views of young people to government and other decision makers.

Since 1979 the Youth Forum has received it’s funding from the Department of Education via the Youth Council for Northern Ireland.

We believe that all young people have ideas and opinions worth listening to and we want to help you get involved in changing things in your school, community, and in society.

We aim to support young people to raise and discuss issues of importance to them.

We work at different levels on a wide range of exciting projects across communities.

Find out what we are doing in your area; and if you want to get involved and make changes based on what you think is important please contact us at info@niyf.org or read more about getting involved.


Under our core work we:


  • Work with Local Youth Councils;
  • Organise events, activities conferences, seminars, etc based on the issues that are important to young people;
  • Advocate for young people based on issues that affect their lives;
  • Submit views to the Minister for Education; Department of Education; Youth Council for Northern Ireland, Education and Library Boards and other statutory and voluntary organisations on issues which affect the lives of young people;
  • Support young people to participate at a policy making level on committees such as the Youth Service Liaison Forum; European Youth Forum etc.


Our core work is funded by the Department of Education via Education Authority.

The Youth Forum has strong links with the Minister for Education; Youth Council for NI and other policy makers.

Dept of Education