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SpunOut.ie Action Panel

Blog Posts Decem­ber 17th2012

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. 

How does the Action Panel work?

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 South West Panel: Cork, Limerick, Clare and Kerry.
  • The West / North West Panel: Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim, Westmeath, Longford, Monaghan, Cavan and Donegal.
  • The South East Panel: Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.
  • The East / Midlands Panel: Laois, Offaly, Kildare, Wicklow, Dublin, Louth and Meath.

Action Panel Core Tasks

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:

  • To create a forum for young people to engage in discussion around health and life topics
  • To act as ambassadors for SpunOut.ie
  • To actively offer advice to SpunOut.ie on a range of relevant topics
  • To work on gathering momentum for SpunOut.ie campaigns and events while promoting SpunOut.ie locally
  • To assist staff in relation to a number of relevant areas
  • To be involved in new IT developments for SpunOut.ie
  • To preserve a consistent youth presence in SpunOut.ie's work
  • To offer opinion and create content for the website
  • Total involvement in SpunOut.ie campaigns and empowering other young people through these campaigns
  • To be consulted on branding decisions
  • Involvement in communications, lobbying, engaging with public representatives and talking to the media and other organisations
  • To have a constant and active presence representing young people on the SpunOut.ie Board of Directors

Below is a sample of just a few of the amazing pieces Action Panel members have written for our website in recent years: