What is the Global Visionaries Youth Board (YB):
Youth Board is the continuation for participants who have completed the first year Leadership Program or Intensive Program. They become leaders in running the organization and facilitating the first year program.
In their first year, GV youth gain an awareness of issues relating to social and environmental justice. During subsequent years advanced programming, they dive deeper into these issues, gaining leadership, community engagement, advocacy, public speaking, critical thinking, teaching, and many other important life and career skills. Youth Board (YB) members have the opportunity to become social entrepreneurs, to express their points of view to the public through digital media and other creative outlets, and to create positive futures for themselves and their community.
Youth Board Mission
The mission of the GV Youth Board is to serve as leaders for the GV community and the wider Seattle community through program support and development, community activism, partnership, and fundraising.
Youth Board Goals
As a member of the Global Visionaries Youth Board, we strive to:
- Provide leadership and mentorship to current GV participants
- Improve and develop the GV Leadership Program
- Co-create the GV strategic plan by working closely with the Board of Directors
- Promote youth leadership and activism within the Seattle community
- Educate area residents about social and environmental justice issues
- Fundraise to foster stability and growth within the Youth Board
- Reduce our eco-footprint
- Support our GV partnership in Guatemala
- Continue and intensify our education regarding social justice and the issues that we touched on in Guatemala
- Provide service opportunities in Seattle that rival fun and meaningful Guatemalan service experience
Youth Board Members Expectations
As Youth Board members, we have high expectations of your leadership. We look to you for inspiration, direction, and support. With great privilege also comes great responsibility.
This section of your handbook lays out these expectations. These expectations should help guide you through a successful year on the Youth Board. However, and serve as a verbal contract: we've communicated to you what it means to be a Youth Board member, now it's up to you to be one.
Fulfill a specific position on the board
- Fulfilling a specific position on the board
- Attending Reflection and Action Nights and retreats
- Recruiting new students for the GV Leadership Program
- Mentoring new GV participants
- Fundraising to support the Youth Board
- Procuring and volunteering for the GV Annual Auction
- Exemplifying leadership qualities
- Communicating consistently and responsibly by phone and email
- Helping out with whatever is needed or requested
- Being a leader for yourself and leading by example
- Making decisions for the Youth Board together
- Reducing our eco-footprint
- Supporting a strong learning environment
Each member will be given a position on one of the groups on the Youth Board. These will be decided by the Executive Director, Program Manager, GAP Year Students, Executive Board, and the adults for each group. These will be assigned in late August/early September.
Attend Youth Board Reflection and Action nights and retreats
In order for Youth Board to cohesively function as a group, everyone is expected to be present when we gather, making our time together more meaningful, effective and fun!
Purpose of Reflection and Action nights
- Educational: training and education on topics chosen by GV.
- Social: get together, get to know each other, have fun.
- Continue the open-minded thinking started in Guatemala through friendly group discussions.
Business: the necessary tools to make GV run.
Youth Board Roles and Responsibilities
The groups are as follows:
- Executive Board
- Board of Directors (BOD)
- Pro-Justice Workshop Facilitators (PJ)
- Leaders in Training (LITs)
- Youth Venture
- Junior Leaders
- Environmental Justice (EJ)
- Lead Mentor
- Recruitment Coordinator
- Social Chair
- PR/Communication Coordinator
Board of Directors (BOD).
- Maintain communication between the Executive Director, Program Manager, and Assistant Program Manager at a minimum once a week.
- Create and review the agenda for each YB meeting with the Program Manager, Assistant Program Manager , and GAP Year Students by the Wednesday before that meeting
- Maintain an up to date contact information on a spread sheet that can be used by to continue good communication between the office and the students
- Facilitate Reflection and Action Nights
- Plan fall retreat for entire YB
- Organize social gatherings for YB
- Be available for PR events for GV
- Check in with Program Manger and Coordinator once a week
- Send a weekly email to keep all of YB, ED, PM, APM, and GAP up to date on what's going on
- Meet weekly
- Check in every other week with all members about upcoming events
- Manage volunteer and committee sign-ups
- Track YB member attendance and call to follow-up and deal with absences
- Distribute information about community events and organize involvement
- Take notes during all meetings
- Email notes within 24 hours of meetings to all YB members, Executive Director (Chris Fontana), and Youth Board Coordinator(Reagan Jackson)
- Maintain up-to-date contact information
- Check-in with the Executive Director, Program Manager, and Assistant Program Manager on a regular basis
Youth Board has three full voting representatives on GV's Board of Directors and contributes to the organization's long-term strategic planning.
Pro-Justice Workshop Facilitators (PJ)
- The BOD is in charge of all decisions regarding the Global Visionaries’ organization
- As a member of the Board you are representing Youth Board and making sure student voices are heard in all decisions
- Actively participate in all discussions and voting
- Review all emails received
- Meet weekly
- Receive multiple trainings including:
Design agenda for workshops
Facilitate the Pro-Justice Culture Night
Facilitate the two anti-oppression workshops for program participants at pre-trip retreats including one shorter one for the Shoreline group
- Further anti-oppression training (Racism, Sexism, Classism, Ageism, Able-Bodyism, Imperialism, Environmental Justice)
- Facilitation training
Facilitate a minimum of two other workshops around the community. Possibilities include: Board of Directors/Advisors, school groups, other Seattle organizations.
- This includes attending both Pre-Trip Retreats for the Spring and Summer group
- Shoreline's workshop will only be a day long
Leaders in Training (LITs)
- Attend weekly meetings
- Recruiting Season
- LITs will be answering directly to the Recruiting Manager
- As far as responsibilities go, the LITs will be in charge of Face to Face contact, the Phone Bank. Facebook, Texts, and Phone Calls.
- LITs will be responsible for making sure that every YB student has two names of friends who might be interested in joining GV
- As for Facebook, Texts, and Phone Calls, LITs are in charge of making sure that all of YB is keeping up to date with these
- There will be a Phone Bank every year to call all prospective students who have expressed interest in joining the program
- LITs will make calls as well as keep a record of who has been called, and who has been interested
- Prior to Culture Nights
- During the weeks with Culture Nights, there will not be a weekly meeting
- Arrive at 5:00 on Culture Nights to review the agenda
- Plan ice-breakers and additional team bonding activities for evening.
- Check in with Program Manager five days prior to each Culture Night Meeting
- At Culture Nights
- Welcome students—build rapport
- Take attendance, follow up at the next weekly meeting with whoever has missed the Culture Night
- Facilitate agenda with Program Manager
- After Culture Nights
- Call students who were absent to follow-up
- Help clean up the space that was used
- Prior to Program Retreats
- Meet with Program Manager, Coordinator, and Exec. Board to develop agenda
- Prepare to facilitate cultural info at retreat
- At Program Retreats
- Participate in entire retreat
- Facilitate cultural info
- Provide leadership during activities
- Get to know the kids and have fun with them
- Provide general support for group
- Help develop Student Handbook and curriculum
- Manage trip logistics / forms / phone calls with help from staff
- Mentor current program participants
- Attend meetings
- Two Saturdays a month
- Each meeting is four hours long
- Propose ideas you are interested in, to create projects
- Ideally these will be things you are passionate about
- Things you learned from your first year that you are interested in continuing to work with
- Learn how to apply for grants
- Apply for grants
- In the past students have been able to receive up to $1000
- This position is only offered to students who have been on the Youth Board for more than one year
- These students are handpicked by the Executive Director and Program Manager, then asked if they would like to join this program
- In addition to working on their regular groups, Junior Leaders will be training to return to Guatemala with either the Spring or Summer trip
- Junior Leaders will receive training from past Junior Leaders and also have a manual for additional information
- Junior Leaders are responsible for recording their hours that they are working with GV
- Attend all group meetings
- Attend all Youth Board meetings
- This group will receive training on how to confront environmental issues within GV and the world.
- Educate others on the importance of global awareness and managing one's carbon footprint.
- Attend weekly meetings
- Members will set a personal goal and mission statement.
- Engage the community in environmental projects.
- Manage the mentoring program of first year GV participants
- Set goals for what the mentors should accomplish
- Manages the recruitment efforts of other GV members both at their school and around the community.
- One coordinator per school targeted for recruitment
- Responsible for recruiting YB and previous trip participants to help out with the recruitment effort.
- Responsible for organizing activities outside of GV for YB members, (Bowling, camping, Lock-down, etc.)
- Helps to improve group dynamic and chemistry.
- Responsible for coordinator YB fundraisers, including the Night of 110 Dinners
- Assists YB and 1st year participants with designing and implementing fundraisers
- Responsible for working with GV Interns to publicize YB events
- Responsible for helping get the word out about GV during recruiting