The Quick Guide to Involving Young People

Young People on the Committee

For reasons such as amount of spare time, experience, and connections, the average trustee is well into middle age.  But organisations increasingly see the potential benefits of recruiting younger trustees in order to benefit from their perspective and their enthusiasm. But how should an organisation go about it? What are the legal hurdles? What about potential pitfalls?  Here are some resources and links to help you.

Research Paper on Volunteering and Young People from the Institute for Volunteering Research

Trust Youth, a British Council and Governance Hub guide to recruiting and being a trustee for young people.

Participation Works guide to involving children and young people in formal meetings

Young Voices in the Boardroom – an American perspective on young trustees

Charity Commission guide to Involving Young People in running a charity

Charity Commission Checklist: Finding and Supporting Young Trustees

Charity Commission Briefing – A Breath of Fresh Air: Young People as Charity Trustees

Legal Issues to consider when involving young people

Young People’s Perspective from Do-it

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A Word About Words

This site is aimed at those who govern (control) small organisations - whether they are charities, companies, both or neither. Those who govern them may be called a variety of names. We have chosen to use mainly 'management committee' and occasionally 'committee member' or 'trustee'. more...
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