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Board Boost 2024

Mita Desai

29 June 2024

A 6 month programme that supports young trustees’ personal and professional development whilst helping their wider board to create inclusive, accessible practices.

We often get asked the same 3 questions:

  • How can we support young trustees to unlock their potential?
  • How can imposter syndrome on boards be overcome?
  • How can the board create the conditions to thrive?

The answer to these questions doesn’t come from one single fix, but a multi-prong approach. This programme accelerates the learning journey (for both boards & young people)  that usually takes 2 years into 6 months.  We do this through:

1. A COHORT OF YOUNG TRUSTEES:

We don’t only give the young trustees governance skills and knowledge, but also support them to apply these new skills in the specific context of their charity. The course is hands on, learning as you go. Some ways we do this includes:

  • Multiple real life case studies to work through, so they apply and test their governance skills in a creative and low risk way.
  • A supportive community of peers, enabling them to connect and support one another through the ups and downs of trusteeship.
  • Each participant leads on a governance project that directly benefits and is relevant to their existing trusteeship.

2. WORKING WITH THE WHOLE BOARD

We support the wider board to review their ways of working, providing practical structures where the full potential of every trustee's diversity of perspective can be unlocked.

3. BUILDING A BOARD MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME

We ask one trustee to function as a mentor for the young trustee (mentor training is provided). This person will gain transferable mentoring skills and practice, and benefit from the two way learning they will experience.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Course onboarding takes place in October 2024 and concludes with a celebration in May 2025.

DATES FOR THE BOARD:

  • We offer a live Board diversity and inclusion training in November, but are also offering this as an online self-guided session which board members can complete in 1 hour.
  • Board mentor training will be organised when the mentors are confirmed.

DATES FOR THE YOUNG TRUSTEES:

  • 6 training workshops. All workshops take place at 6-8pm on Wednesday evenings, including a break: 5 November 2024, 4 December 2024, 8 January 2025 ,5 February 2025, 5 March 2025, and 9 April 2025. These workshops include supporting young trustees to choose a governance project to lead on.
  • Each month will also include an additional optional 2 hour session to offer support, reflection and a space for existing/shadow trustee duties.
  • There will be a celebration and reflection event at the end of the programme in May, date TBC based on the cohort’s availability.

COST:

It costs £3000 to take part in Board Boost.

We operate a sliding fee approach based on your organisational income, which allows us to keep our programmes affordable whilst enabling us to continue to exist as a growing movement.

It is important to us that this programme is accessible to charities of all sizes. As such we offer a limited number of partial and full subsidies that organisations may apply for.

Please note- the young trustee participants are not expected to contribute to this fee; in previous programmes it has been covered by the organisation and/or the young person's employer.

ACCESSIBILITY:

Please contact mita@youngtrusteesmovement.org if you have any access requests or would like to discuss the commitments of the course.

PLEASE COMPLETE THIS SHORT FORM TO FIND OUT MORE DETAILS, EXPLORE YOUR GOALS, AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT: HTTPS://FORM.TYPEFORM.COM/TO/BMBCMLQE

We welcome enquiries from Boards with and without young trustees, aspiring or current young trustees, and anyone else working in the youth/charity sector who thinks Board Boost may be beneficial.

SPONSORSHIP

If you are a funder and would like to support a young trustee to participate in this course by offering a bursary place, please get in touch here: https://form.typeform.com/to/RTlAs59O

MORE INFORMATION

If you would like more information please don't hesitate to contact the Young Trustees Movement directly to explore if this is a good fit for you and your board: mita@youngtrusteesmovement.org.

Free Champion Training

Join a 1 hour training session to understand the power of young trustees, have a framework to understand how to approach board diversity and take practical next steps. New dates are added every month.

Join the Model Boardroom Series

Learn how to think like a trustee and engage with governance, all through exciting mock boardroom scenarios.