National Youth Action Group

Youth Work Ireland's National Youth Action Group is made up of young people from various Member Youth Services.

The aims of NYAG are: 

  • Be a sub group of the national board to 'youth proof' Youth Work Ireland activities.
  • Ensuring youth membership of the national board.
  • Ensuring voting rights for young people at Youth Work Ireland's Annual General Meeting.
  • Connecting with young people all over Ireland so that they are listened to and their voices are heard!


National Youth Action Group.....
putting the YOUTH into Youth Work Ireland

Youth Work Ireland an organisation not just for youth, but by YOUTH


Meet the NYAGs

Abigail Mahon

My name is Abby. I’m from Wicklow but I’ve been going to Kildare Youth Services since 2010 when I was fifteen years old. I’ve done programmes such as peer education, drugs and alcohol awareness, YouthBank, Comhairle, Glow programmes, etc. I’ve worked in Comhairle for a year and a half. I’ve been involved with Youth Work Ireland since 2012 as a support worker. I graduated from Applied Social Studies in Social Care in IT Carlow in 2016. I have been on the Board of Directors of Youth Work Ireland since 2015.

Jordan Cassells

Jordan is currently involved in Clare Youth Service as a volunteer leader, group work volunteer and a member of its Younger Voices board sub group, which represents Young People from across the Youth Service. He has been a member of the National Youth Action Group (NYAG) for two years and is currently secretary of the Group. Jordan is  studying Law at the University of Limerick. In late September, he began working with NYAG in the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly with the other youth delegates from our five nations partners. Jordan's youth work interests include youth information services for mainstream youth work, development and retention of skilled youth workers and experienced volunteers, and youth governance and participation structures."

Tiernan Murray
Tiernan is from Navan and has been involved in a variety of youth work activities in Meath. He has been a member of the National Youth Action Group for 3 years. Tiernan has been very active in our PEACE IV Project which involves cross border and cross community peace building with Youth Action Northern Ireland

Joseph Burke

I’m from Ballinasloe and I’m currently studying Applied Social Studies in Athlone IT. I have been involved with Youth Work Ireland Galway since 2012. I started off in D’Valut youth cafe, then art and crafts, cooking groups until I eventually joined the Get Lippy ( Youth democracy) and the County Galway Comhairle an nÓg group. I was on the youth work Ireland well-being squad in 2016. Currently I’m on the YAC (Youth advisory committee) for youth work Ireland Galway.

With youth work I got the opportunity to go on two youth exchanges to Finland and Croatia. I also attend the 2018 European youth event in Strasbourg. I am very passionate about mental health and run a mental health awareness page on Facebook with over 1000 likes. I do first aid training with Ballinasloe Civil defence and I’m on the the Youth Advisory Panel for Jigsaw Galway


Julian Nagi

Hi, my name is Julian Nagi and I am a member of NYAG, representing Youth Work Ireland Laois. I am a past member of Laois Comhairle Na nÓg which I represented on the Comhairle Na nÓg National Executive. My passion is campaigning for greater Youth Engagement in Decision making in Ireland, particularly through voter registration.

Síve Murray
My name is Síve. I am a second level student. I am the chairperson of Meath Youth Forum and a member of the National Youth Action Group. I have been involved with Youth Work Ireland Meath for eleven years. Under Youth Work Ireland Meath I have been part of various youth clubs, workshops, summer camps and trainings.

Danielle Gayson

Danielle is a 20 year old 2nd year BSc Government and Political Science student in University College Cork. She has been involved in Youth Work Ireland Tipperary from the age of 8 as both a young person and a junior leader. She has been a member of the National Youth Action Group for 4 years and has represented them at events such as the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly and at an ERYICA young ambassador training


Chelsea Ryan Gibson
My name is Chelsea. I am eighteen years old and from Cashel Co. Tipperary. I am a member of Cashel Neighbourhood Youth Project and I am also the P.R.O of Youth Work Ireland Tipperary Junior Board of Management. I'm proud to be able to have the chance to represent young people.
''Be the change you want to see in the world''


Meaghan McCarthy
I’m Meaghan, and I’m in my second year studying Community and Youth Work in NUI Maynooth. I’ve been involved with Kildare Youth Services for four years now. I was involved in Comhairle na nÓg for two years and have now moved on to YouthBank. Just before I finished with Comhairle na nÓg, I was nominated to join NYAG. I’m on the Board of Directors of Youth Work Ireland since 2016.