YouthNet attempts to attract younger trustees to boards

YouthNet has begun a campaign to entice young people to become trustees after several charities complained of difficulty in recruiting young people to their boards.

The online charity launched the campaign via its website, do-it.org.

The site displays ads that stress the benefits trustees can expect to gain. It also gives information on how to become a trustee, what it will entail and who is eligible.

Tom Green, site editor, said: "Many charities find it difficult to attract younger people, partly because there is a perception that trustees are all old and grey, and partly because people can be intimidated by the formal responsibilities of being on a management committee."

He said that young people should not be put off by the serious responsibilities attached to being a trustee. "It can give them experience of strategic planning and financial management at a level they might not be able to get in paid employment."

- See Leader, p17.

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