Volunteer York Region

Board Member

Youthspeak Performance Charity Organization
September 16, 2019
Newmarket, occassionally North York
Committee Work, Planning and/or Organizing Special Events, Meetings, Public Relations, Marketing
Suitable for OSSD?
Police Check
Not Required
Training on-the-job
Contact Name
Una Wright
Contact Title
Contact Phone


YouthSpeak is a registered charity that provides leadership training to youth with personal experience related to mental health, bullying, addiction and/or other challenges to share their stories and coping strategies. These youth facilitate interactive assemblies and workshops for primary grades to post-secondary students, parents, educators and other caring adults the community throughout the GTA and southern Ontario with a goal of increasing awareness, empathy, and inclusion and getting youth who are struggling connected to available resources. YouthSpeak is an approved program of various school boards and to date, has reached over 230,000.

Role of the Board of Directors

The board of directors is legally and ethically responsible for all activities of the organization. To that end it: 1. Determines how the organization will carry out its mission through long and short-range planning 2. Adopts an annual budget and provides fiscal oversight 3. Recruits, orients, and develops board members 4. Hires and evaluates the performance of the executive director 5. Evaluates its performance and overall performance of the organization in achieving the mission 6. Establishes policies for the effective management of the organization


1. Shape and promote the organization’s mission and strategic direction 2. Review, monitor, and approve, where appropriate, the organization’s programs, policies, and bylaws 3. Attend board meetings and appropriate committee meetings 4. Actively serve on at least one committee and take on special assignments 5. Participate in the development of the organization’s plan and annual review 6. Approve and oversee organization’s budget 7. Select, evaluate, and develop Executive Director 8. Participate in annual Board Self-Evaluation and ongoing Board development 9. Review agenda and supporting documents prior to meetings 10. Make an annual contribution to the organization commensurate with ability 11. Support and participate in fundraising activities and special events 12. Keep current on youth mental health issues and developments in related program areas 13. Strictly adhere to conflict of interest and confidentiality policies

Time Demands (approximate)

1. Attend and actively participate in at least 80% of board meetings (there are a total of 10 monthly board meetings, approx. 2 hours in length, on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, except July & August) 2. Attend and actively participate in committee meetings and related work (1-4 hours per month as determined by the committee) 3. Attend and actively participate in the Board’s annual planning meeting (1/2 day on summer weekend)
4. Attend and actively participate in the Annual Meeting (approx. 1 hour) 5. Attend special events such as fundraisers and community events (minimum 2 events per year recommended) 6. Meet with potential donors/funders to make a case for funding the organization, answer questions, etc. (approx. 4 hours annually)

Financial and Resource Development Expectations

1. Make an annual contribution “commensurate or significant according to your circumstance” to the organization (in order to achieve 100% board giving) 2. Actively promote and sell tickets to fundraising events 3. Recruit sponsors, as needed 4. Identify and cultivate potential donors

Currently Recruiting for the Following Skill Sets / Experience

1. Fundraising 2. Marketing & Public Relations 3. Legal 4. Human Resources 5. Education (e.g. someone who is engaged with a local school board) 6. Board Secretary (responsibilities include document management and minute taking)


1. Excellent opportunity for involvement

2. Satisfaction of making a difference in the community and with youth

3. Opportunity to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds

4. Development of effective decision-making skills

5. Increased understanding of group dynamics and relationships

Only registered members can apply for jobs.
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