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SpunOut.ie's core philosophy is "by young people, for young people", and the Action Panel helps make sure that when we say we are youth-led, we can really mean it. While many organisations now have youth reference groups, our Action Panel system was one of the first such structures when it was established over six years ago. It is one of the main avenues through which we look to amplify young people's voices, and we want our participants to realize and understand the broad impact they are capable of having, whether by creating content for our website, representing youth voices in our governance, or running action campaigns on issues that really matter.
The Youth Action Panel structure is made up of four Regional Action Panels and one National Action Panel. The National Action Panel meets in Dublin and is made up of eight elected members from each Regional Panel.
The counties covered by each of the Regional Panels are:
The Action Panel defines their own areas of work and priorities in consultation with SpunOut.ie staff. In general, members work to actively empower all young people to create positive social and personal change by engaging other young people, representing their voices, and driving campaigns.
Currently, the core tasks of the Action Panel are as follows:
Below is a sample of just a few of the amazing pieces Action Panel members have written for our website in recent years: