Young Leaders on Board
What is the Young Leaders on Board Program?
The purpose of the Program is to enable young adults, aged 20-35, to serve on boards of directors of nonprofit organizations as INTERNS. The program provides both this experiential component as well as in-class training.
What is a board of directors?
A board of directors is a group of volunteers who have been elected to govern an organization. Boards usually focus on the “big picture” and long term issues, while staff focus on day-to-day issues. All boards make decisions around policy, finances, goals and the overall direction of the organization.
What are the benefits of participating in the Program?
- Gain networking experiences
- Acquire new skills
- Influence how decisions are made and make a difference
- Gain knowledge on a wide variety of topics in a fun learning environment
- Meet other young people interested in leadership
How much time does it take?
The time requirements vary from agency to agency. Most boards meet once a month for approximately 2 hours. After the initial interviews, there will be a one day orientation for Young Leaders on Board participants. Subsequent months will require a commitment of 6 hours to attend both the board meeting and the monthly training session.
What kind of training is provided?
The following topics may be covered during the training sessions:
- Conflict of Interest
- Role of the Board
- Board Models
- Leadership Styles
- Meeting Management
- Legal Issues
- Financial Statements
- Policy Development
- Community Relations
What do I have to do to get accepted into the Program?
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