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Ian Power is CEO of Community Creations, the not-for-profit company behind the award-winning SpunOut.ie and '50808'.
SpunOut.ie is Ireland's youth wellbeing information website by young people, for young people with over 1.9 million young people using SpunOut.ie resources in 2020. '50808' is a free 24/7 text service, providing everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis - big or small. 50808 publicly launched in Ireland in June 2020 and engaged texters in over 33,000 support conversations in 2020.
Ian is also an independent non-executive director of the Citizens Information Board and the Community Foundation for Ireland. Ian was recently appointed as a member of the Commission on Pensions and the National Implementation Monitoring Committee of ‘Sharing the Vision’, Ireland’s national mental health policy.
Ian has a particular interest in the area of juvenile justice and holds an advanced diploma in the subject from the King's Inn, a U.S. State Department professional fellowship in juvenile justice and the rule of law from Boston College, and a Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors (Dip IoD).
Ian is a current member of a number of advisory boards, including;
- The National Advisory Council for Online Safety,
- Twitter’s ‘Trust & Safety’ Council,
- Facebook's Suicide & Self-injury Advisory Committee,
- Rethink Ireland's Youth Funds Advisory Committee,
- and the Research Ethics Committee for the ESRI National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland - 'Growing Up in Ireland'.
Ian was previously;
- president of the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) from 2015-2019,
- a member of the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health (2017),
- a member of the Governing Body of University College Cork (UCC) in 2009/10,
- and a member of the board of the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) from 2015 to 2018.
Before moving back to Ireland to join the SpunOut.ie team, Ian worked at a sixth form college in Hackney London where he established ‘Raising Aspirations’; a programme to increase the progression of young people from socially excluded and under-represented backgrounds into good universities. The programme went on to increase Russell Group progression from the college by over 400%, while five students participating in the programme secured Oxbridge places, the first ever Oxbridge admissions for the college. ‘Raising Aspirations’ won the Times Education Supplement's (TES) award for ‘Outstanding innovation in teaching, training or learning provision’ in 2012.