Setting Up a Youth Leadership Board

How do we cultivate young people to see themselves as the leaders of today (and tomorrow)? GripTape’s guide to Setting up a Youth Leadership Board might be one place for learning communities to start.

The guide, which aims to put “real power in the hands of young people,” was created in response to a consistent inquiry GripTape received from across the education landscape: “How do you run an organization with a board consisting entirely of young people?”

The in-depth guide covers the ins-and-outs of youth leadership board design including: reasons to set up a board; things to consider before setting up a board, including if you are ready to provide authentic opportunities for youth to lead and be decisions makers; insights from GripTape’s first foray into building a youth leadership board; operational advice and learnings; and final words of advice from actual board members. If you’re ready to transition from “let’s give youth a seat at the table” to “let’s give youth the opportunity to make the table,” this resource is a great starting point.

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