Youth Participation Panel – YPP

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The Youth Participation Panel (YPP) is the first youth grant making programme to be established by The Community Foundation for Ireland and was officially launched on August 10th 2015. The YPP is made up of four young people, aged 16- 30 who are passionate about creating a better Ireland for our young people. Through an extensive research process undertaken by The Foundation certain trends were highlighted by Ireland’s youth and youth stakeholders as to what are the biggest issues for their group and what are the current barriers to overcoming these issues.

This research provided a guide to where best to place funding within the youth sector, with two areas in particular highlighted as of immediate importance; Youth Unemployment and Meaningful Youth Decision Making, through this the YPP was established to ensure the youth voice is incorporated into the process of youth grant making in The Community Foundation for Ireland.

The YPP will act as an expert grants panel, providing recommendations for grant criteria, grant impact reporting and the approval of youth funding grant applications.

YPP Members

Meet the YPP!

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 Mary- Kate Portley

Mary-Kate Portley is a Management Consulting Analyst with a global consulting firm, currently working in the Health and Public Service Sector. A graduate of Law and French at University College Cork, she specialised in International Business, Corporate Law and French. She is currently Local President of JCI Cork which is part of Junior Chamber International. Mary-Kate is a Mentor at Student Slingshot where she helps Transition Year students choose the right career path for them, a member of Young Social Innovators (YSI) Alumni Panel, a Youth Ambassador for the Lyon Chambers of Commerce in France and holds Bronze and Silver Gasice Awards – she is currently earning her Gold Award.

Julie Ahern

Julie Ahern is the Membership Development Officer with the Children’s Rights Alliance having joined the organisation in 2013 as Legal and Policy Assistant. She holds a Bachelors of Civil Law and an LLM in Child and Family Law both from University College Cork. Previous to her current role she worked on the children’s rights referendum campaign with the ISPCC, as an intern with the Legal Aid Board in Cork and with NASC (The Irish Immigrant Support Centre). Julie has a keen interest in the areas of youth participation and empowerment, health and disability rights, constitutional law and not for profit governance.

Ronan Lynagh

Ronan is currently the Facilitation and Training Officer with Shine – Supporting People Affected by Mental Ill-Health. Previously he was a secondary school teacher in Dublin for 4 years and spent a year running the Explore Workshop Programme with Young Social Innovators. He has also had roles with The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, the Washington Ireland Program and Suas Educational Development.

Kate Fitzgerald

Kate is a nurse by Trade. She recently returned to Ireland after six years in Australia. Her love of travel brought her to India in 2007, where she worked with the hope foundation in Kolkata. She was involved in primary healthcare projects. “Through CFI I continues to have the opportunity to be involved with the Hope foundation and have seen first hand the amazing things that can be achieved. I’m excited to be part of the youth participation panel and look forward to meeting all involved. ”

To download the grants flow infographic please click here.

To download the YPP best practice guide please click here.

To find out more about the YPP and youth grants for 2015/ 2016 please visit our website and keep a look out for the YPP update in the newsletter. Follow the #YPP on twitter @CommunityFound.