YAR is governed by a majority youth Board of Directors currently comprised of 23 youth (ages 14 – 24) and two adults. The Board is responsible for all aspects of organizational governance and development including managing two rigorous grant cycles per year, organizational development, budgeting and fund development and setting programmatic priorities.
Each Board member joins one or more committee. Standing committees of the Board are:
Executive Committee – comprised of all the Board officers and committee chairs who are responsible for monitoring the overall direction and operation of the organization including fundraising and fiscal management, strategic partnerships and dealing with any Board member issues.
The President and Treasurers oversee YAR checking accounts and sign checks. Board development responsibilities include building a strong cohesive team by identifying and creating leadership, skill building, training and recognition and reward opportunities for the Board of Directors. The committee is also responsible for developing the annual incoming Board member recruitment, training and election strategy including the reception, interview process and orientation. The Executive Committee takes the lead in planning our annual planning retreat.
Grant making Committee – responsible for monitoring and revising grant making activities and strategies.
Committee is also responsible for recommending additions and/or modifications to grant policies, guidelines and process. Focus areas include – grant seeker materials, grant seeker workshop curriculum all aimed to clarify the true intent of our grant making — to encourage and support projects that have the greatest impact and address root causes of problems.
Outreach and Task Force Committee – responsible for implementing and monitoring an outreach and education plan to increase the public’s understanding of Youth As Resources, youth-led community organizing, leadership development and grant making.
This committee is responsible for all aspects of relationship building and shaping and taking our message to the broader community. Most notably, the committee is responsible for developing (with input and information from Task Force staff) and monitoring the Task Force plan. Other Focus areas include media, street teams, partnerships and relationships with other youth run and youth serving organizations.
Project Support and Follow-up Committee – responsible for identifying technical assistance and resource needs of grantees and designing initiatives to meet those needs.
Also responsible for project evaluation and measuring the impact of funded projects. Focus areas include site visits, resource referrals and identification, the networking event and communication with grantees including social media and web page.
Fundraising — responsible for preparing financial reports, developing and monitoring a fundraising plan and creating program and organizational budgets for Board approval.
YAR begins recruiting for incoming Board members in March. For more information about self nominations and/or nominating others for the FY 2017 (July 1, 2016– June 30, 2017), please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office – (443) 889 – 4868 .