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Governance program helps train youth for not-for-profits

An innovative youth governance program has been launched to provide training for members of the Bay of Quinte Youth Council to help place them on local not-for-profit boards and committees.

Youth council members took part in a custom training program designed and facilitated by Brandi Hodge, Director of Community Engagement, at the United Way of Hastings Prince Edward, and co-facilitated by Maddison Ellis and Blair Lavery, Bay of Quinte Youth Council Mentors.

This program provided participants with knowledge and understanding of the functioning role of boards of directors in various organizations.

“The chance to participate was such a great opportunity for me, as well as many others,” said Sam Reynolds, youth council member. “This training has enabled and educated me to become a more well-rounded young adult and has taught me the importance of sitting on boards and what it takes to be successful.”

Participants were issued with a certificate of completion from the office of MP Neil Ellis, marking the first step to being placed on local boards and committees.

“This is an initiative that I am tremendously excited about, and based on the response from our partners it is a program that the community is truly getting behind and supporting even at this early stage,” said Ellis. “We need to congratulate this group of young people for their interest in public service. I personally applaud them for their desire to help their community and their compassion for individuals and families requiring support or assistance. Their service on community boards and committees will give them valuable experience and all the while support the wonderful agencies that make our community great.”

Hodge expresed excitement to be a partner on the initiative.

“Helping young people have positive board experiences is important to strong governance for the not-for-profit sector in the future; fostering an understanding of governance, the language used within not-for-profit boards, and a basic level of comfort with the board environment will empower young people to have a voice, actively contribute, and share their unique perspectives confidently,” she said.

Volunteer Information Quinte was also a partner with support of the Community Development Council, and Poverty Roundtable.

“Their dedication and commitment to building a stronger community is commendable and we look forward to working together,” said Brenda Snider, Executive Director of Volunteer & Information Quinte.

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