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20 February 2015
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Young Citizens in Action

Young Citizens In Action (YCIA) is the youth department of the Voluntary Service Bureau (VSB). The programme is youth-led. It exists to support young volunteers and make them more active in their community, through the sharing of information and raising awareness of relevant youth issues.

What we do

  • Our Inter-generational Project brings together those who are 16-25 and those who are over 50.
  • The Young Citizens in Action website is found at It is specifically aimed at 16-25 year olds in Northern Ireland and provides information about issues concerning citizenship and volunteering opportunities.
  • The Millennium Volunteers Programme offers young people between the ages of 16 and 24 the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised “Award of Excellence” as a reward for their volunteering.
  • The Young Citizens in Action Management Committee seeks to support, resource and engage young volunteers aged 16-30, and promote the concept of active citizenship. They meet once a month to steer the different projects within YCIA.
  • The Action Magazine, produced three times a year, includes information about our projects and how to get involved.

Examples of Projects

  • Producing a young person friendly version of the ‘A Shared Future’ document for government.
  • Running a poster campaign to encourage young people to use their vote.
  • Producing a health information booklet for young people.
  • Gathering information about international volunteering opportunities for young people and promoting the concept.
  • Facilitating online discussion for young people on a range of issues.

Contact Details

Young Citizens in Action
Voluntary Service Bureau
34 Shaftesbury Square

Tel: 028 9020 0850
Fax: 028 9020 0860
Email: or or

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