YOUTH INFORMATION CENTRE
The Youth Information Centre is a department of the National Institute for Education, Education Counselling Centre and Centre for Continuing Education of Teachers is a directly controlled organization of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
The basic idea of the National Youth Information Centre (NICM) is to gather all necessary information, information products, consultancy and services for children and youth in one place and its subsequent distribution and popularization within the Youth Information System. This is to be done in compliance with the purposes and aims of the strategy of the state policy for the field of Children and Youth as well as with the European Youth Information Charter.
In 2006 the NICM launched a new philosophy in the area of awareness of young people, the main idea of which is „to be a lighthouse in the ocean of information and to help the young to seek and above all to find their way".
During its 20 years of existence (it was established as the first Youth information centre (ICM) in the Czech Republic in 1992) the NICM has built the position of a natural national authority in the area of Youth Information Centres. It offers methodological activities to all government and non-government organizations concerning the issues of establishing and operating an ICM.
It organizes seminars for the staff of ICMs from all over the Czech Republic, enables newly establishing ICMs to undergo one-day trainings right in the NICM in Prague.
It answers questions of the regional ICMs´ staff and helps them in creation and implementation of their projects. It regularly sends files of updated information from all areas of the unified classification of information straight to the regional centres.
All information from the 10 basic information areas is gathered and offered at the www.nicm.cz website.
For all ICMs in the Czech Republic it creates the Czech section of the international information portal for youth in Europe - www.infomobil.org.