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Become a Young Trustees Movement Ambassador

Megan Raybould

08 December 2020

We are recruiting Ambassadors from the North East - find out more and apply today!

1 year term: February 2021 – February 2022.

Voluntary role

Applications have now closed for all regions apart from the North East of England.

About the Young Trustees Movement

The Young Trustees Movement is made up of current and aspiring young trustees, employers and allies. We exist to double the number of trustees aged 30 and under on charity boards by 2024.

To have an impact that serves all young people, we must have an intersectional and inclusive movement.

Role summary:

The Young Trustees Movement is led by young people. Our Ambassadors are leading and building the movement across England and Wales.

If you are 16 - 30 years old, passionate about our mission, curious to learn and committed to social justice and inclusion, we'd love to hear from you.

Role details:

There are three key aspects of this role:

1.       Host one event for the region you represent. The aim of this event will be to:

  • Connect young trustees, aspiring young trustees, boards and connectors.
  • Highlight the importance and power of young trustees, inspiring people to take the next tangible action to champion the movement goals.
  • Develop an understanding of the region’s needs and how the movement can support it.

2.     Lead a young trustee focused campaign on one area of your choice. You may choose to focus on:

  • A sector (e.g. increasing the number of young trustees in animal welfare charities).
  • A role or subcommittee on a trustee board (e.g. Chair, treasurer, secretaries).
  • An area of governance (e.g. decision making, risk, culture of the board,  and training).
  • A campaign ask (e.g. employers giving time for trusteeship).
  • An area of social justice (e.g. racism, ableism, classism, sexism, transphobia).

3.       Join the Young Trustees advisory board so that you can:

  • Influence the strategic direction of the movement.
  • Be updated into the work of the movement.
  • Connect with other ambassadors and key stakeholders in the movement.

What you will gain from the role

We want you to gain from this opportunity. As an Ambassador you will:

  • Lead the movement and create change in an area you are passionate about.
  • Opportunity to meet and develop your network with senior leaders.
  • Access to training and personal development opportunities.

Inclusion

We will work with all ambassadors to ensure that:

  • You are not left out of pocket as a result of being in your role. To enable this, you will receive a small stipend that will cover expenses such as internet, phone calls, etc. We also have an additional inclusion budget to meet further needs.

  • Time commitment and personal circumstances do not act as a barrier to participation. For example, we can work with you around circumstances such as:

    • Caring responsibilities.
    • Medical appointments which make it difficult to 100% confirm availability.
    • A job that does not enable you to work flexible hours.
  • There is a structure of communication, culture and support that enables ambassadors to thrive.

This role will be suitable for someone who is:

  • Passionate about our mission.

  • Committed to social justice and inclusion.

  • Aged 30 or under (in February 2021).

  • Lives/works/studies in England or Wales.

    • Please note we currently only work in England and Wales and therefore are recruiting in these countries. If you are applying from outside England and Wales we can signpost you to other partners where there is an opportunity to do so.
  • A Team player – you can’t do this alone!

  • Curious to learn:

    • We are not looking for someone who has all the answers. The biggest thing we hear from young trustees is a feeling of impostor syndrome - we don’t want that to be the case here! If you are reading this thinking ‘someone like me couldn’t be an Ambassador’ - someone like you is who we need! We need you to be you and to ask questions that are informed by your experiences. That requires a curious mind!
  • Desirable: experience of being a young trustee.

    • We have made this a desirable experience as having lived experience of being a young trustee and being able to speak about this is useful in the role. However, we recognise that there are aspiring young trustees who may have faced barriers that have prevented them from becoming a trustee. This is something the movement aims to change and therefore this lived experience of this is also important.

How to Apply:

Please complete this form online, or download this version of the form and email it to hello@youngtrusteesmovement.org.

In the form you are asked for your basic details along with two application questions:

  • Why are you applying for this position?
  • What is your campaign focus and what ideas do you have for it?

There are two ways you can answer each question:

  • Option 1: Written answers submitted within the form - up to 500 words per question.
  • Option 2: Video/audio application emailed or submitted via a link in the form - up to 3 minutes long per question.
  • If there are any barriers or concerns that may stop you from applying, or feel the application process could be made more inclusive to you,  please get in touch with hello@youngtrusteesmovement.org.

Summary of key links:

Online application form: https://youngtrustees.typeform.com/to/KopBLsEr

Downloadable application form:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CnEHF12oYsc6YzHxDG57XCwnSMUGOuyBkHrx8iqtbdE/edit?usp=sharing

Downloadable role description: https://docs.google.com/document/d/167tXcQzO4USD85LSAATQW203PRqGMvVzXe5JD6_oT6I/edit?usp=sharing

Diversity monitoring form: https://youngtrustees.typeform.com/to/OUQVj1ni

Further Information and common questions

What sort of opportunities will I take part in?

It’s up to you! You are welcome to reach out and orgnaise opportunities and events as well as taking part in opportunities we organise. Previously Ambassadors have been involved in:

  • Charity commission video on new guidance.
  • Speaking on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.
  • Speaking on numerous panels including: #iWILL, Active Gloucestershire and Changing The Chemistry.

How much time will it take?

Time commitment and personal circumstances do not act as a barrier to participation. This is a flexible role and can work around your commitments.  Here is a brief outline of time involved as a rough guide:

  • The essential of the role, as described above, involves: joining the Advisory board (quarterly 2 hour meeting online), hosting one regional meeting, running a campaign. You can spend as much or as little time on this as you have available.
  • Everyone is asked to commit to be an Ambassador for 1 year from the date they join.
  • We host monthly Ambassador meetings (1.5 hours) these are optional and a summary is sent round afterwards to anyone that can’t attend.
  • There will be ad hoc opportunities throughout the year for example speaking at events. .

What training and support will I receive?

You’ll receive training on February 20th - 21st to enable you to feel confident and thrive in your role.

You will also receive support from previous Ambassadors, along with one to one check-ins with our Project Coordinator.

Further training and support can be developed based on your needs and feedback.

Become an ambassador

Young people are at the heart of our movement. Ambassadors act as spokes people for the movement, they take a leading role in creating the strategy and help to facilitate other young people to be involved.

Book a Training Session

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.