Issue 24: Engaging young people

Issue 24 looks at ways charities can engage and inspire the next generation into voluntary and trustee roles as well as getting involved in activities such as fundraising and campaigning.
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Issue 24: Engaging young people

Issue 24 looks at ways charities can engage and inspire the next generation into voluntary and trustee roles as well as getting involved in activities such as fundraising and campaigning.
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There are many benefits to having a broad range of skills and perspectives on your board as we looked at in Issue 20: Developing the Board. Trustees and leaders have to make sure multiple stakeholders including beneficiaries, volunteers, staff and supporters are heard in decision making. Even if every group isn’t represented at the table, their voices and perspectives should be – take the time to listen.

Your charity might work with young people, in which case listening to the voices of young people is particularly important to your mission, and something like a youth advisory board makes immediate sense, or recruiting some younger trustees.

Even if you charity doesn’t work with young people, just as the corporate sector has to nurture younger talent through apprenticeships, work experience, training schemes, working groups, etc – the third sector needs to engage young people in the work of charities.

Issue 24 looks at ways charities can engage and inspire the next generation into voluntary and trustee roles as well as getting involved in activities such as fundraising and campaigning.

What’s in this issue?

Eleanor Urben from Reach Volunteering shares the benefits that younger trustees bring to the board

How young trustees benefit your board | Reach Volunteering
One of the main concerns for board diversity is the lack of young trustees, given that the average age of a trustee is 57.
reachvolunteering.org.uk

The purpose of a Youth Advisory Board

What is a Youth Advisory Board? – Charities Network Magazine
This article defines youth advisory boards by their purpose and the typical activities they might get involved with.
charities.network

Facilitating volunteering & fundraising – a look at some of the ways charities are engaging and facilitating involvement of young people and children

Examples of facilitating volunteering and fundraising with young people – Charities Network Magazine
Facilitating volunteering & fundraising – a look at some of the ways charities are engaging and facilitating involvement of young people and children.
charities.network

Further reading

Our Bright Future have a great resource on embedding younger trustees, auditing skills on the board, recruiting younger trustees, supporting them in onboarding and as they get involved.

https://www.ourbrightfuture.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Young_Trustees_Advice_Pack.pdf

The Young Trustees Movement has just started a new podcast that gives young trustees an idea of what it’s like in the boardroom, designed to inspire and educate young people of real-life trustee scenarios and responsibilities.

Introduction by Model Boardroom Series
This interactive series invites you into the boardroom so you can explore what it’s like to be a trustee. Listening to this series offers a unique opportunity to role-play real-life scenarios commonly encountered in the boardroom. It’s more than just a podcast – it’s a safe space to learn, grow, and build confidence before taking on real trustee responsibilities.  Links👇 🤳🏻 Join the free Digital Hub Model Boardrooms Series course to engage with us: https://young-trustees-movement.mn.co/plans/383902?bundle_token=64642dd2c5ed069ae17184eca9f74144&utm_source=manual 💡 Website : https://youngtrusteesmovement.org/ 🎼 Music : Hollow Body Blues by Mr Smith is licensed under a Attribution 4.0 International License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
podcasters.spotify.com

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