• Eugene Fram

    Interesting and important about attracting younger people. However, I have encountered several nonproft boards where the major of directors were in ages ranging from 27 to 50. These directors were so busy with building their careers and and needing family times that they could give time to working on defined time-limited projects in their areas of expertise. They simply couldn’t give enough attention to the work of governance. Everyone agreed that the boards needed more semi-retired or recently retired persons with board experiences to help shoulder these responsibilities and act as models for the younger folks. . .

  • Scot Evans

    Why not involve youth in governance today to prepare board leaders of TODAY! Let’s lose the discourse of youth as future potential. Youth can be resources and agents of chance now given adequate opportunities and support.

  • Nicole Cerezo

    As someone who has been involved with the Girl Scout organization both as a youth and adult, I am delighted to read about how GSEP is encouraging young girls to become involved in governance. Guidance and encouragement from adults acting as mentors and role models can inspire today’s young adults to serve in community and Board roles. It is so important that the youth of today become involved in the planning, decision-making, and implementation of ideas that an organization requires in order to help them move into roles of higher responsibility as they gain more experience. An understanding of budget management, setting goals of growth, publicity, and community development build a good foundation to become strong leaders. These leaders will possess excellent qualities of confidence, sensitivity, courage, determination, commitment, integrity and passion.

  • Sue Hammersmith

    Michigan state law allows young people age 16 and up to be full-fledged board members. I was sad to read that the Girl Advisors were not allowed to vote, and were removed from the board room during Executive Sessions. It took awhile for some of my board members to be comfortable with youth as board members, however now they are treated as equals, asked for their input in issues facing youth and our community, and deserve the respect that they have been given. We are blessed to have young people who give of their time and are truly learning about board service because they are full-fledged participants.