Plan international Ireland Youth Advisory Panel

What’s it all about?

We believe that girls and boys should have the same rights, and we want to raise our voices to make that happen.

Plan International Ireland works with and not just for young people. We recognise that young people are a vital and largely untapped resource that is often missing from global justice work.

Our Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) engages young people aged 16-24 as ambassadors and advisors to Plan International Ireland. Through advocacy and activism, our YAP members stand in solidarity with young campaigners around the world to make change happen both in Ireland and Internationally.

What does being part of the YAP involve?


  • The panel creates and implements campaigns on issues affecting the rights of children and girls to influence decision-makers in Ireland and internationally.

Working with Plan

  • The panel engages with Plan International Ireland staff, acting as a voice for youth in the organisation and being actively involved in decision-making for Plan.

Personal Development

  • YAP members get the chance to develop and grow their skills in teamwork, public speaking, communication, advocacy and much more!

What do our members say?

“I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with really amazing people on projects I am really passionate about. If you’re passionate about making a difference get involved in the yap. You won’t regret it!” – Etain

“Working as part of the YAP has been a phenomenal experience! The opportunities for developing as a person and an activist are endless and you get to make amazing friends along the way!” – Nathan

“Being part of the YAP is an excellent opportunity as I am really passionate about the Sustainable Development Goals and Gender Equality. For the short time I have been a member I have learned a lot and developed many skills such as being able to speak in large groups!” – Sayeh

“Being a member of the YAP has given me some incredible opportunities including visiting Áras an Uachtaráin to talk about girls’ rights, speaking on a panel with the Lord Mayor in the Mansion House, lobbying MEPs in the European Parliament in Brussels and visiting Sri Lanka as part of the Global YAP to name a few!” – Anna


Want to learn more? Check out the YAP Info Pack!