Get On Board – Young Trustees

Get On Board supports young people’s journey to becoming full Board members at their YMCA.

Young Trustees

Are you ready for a challenging and important role? Being a Trustee is not easy, but it comes with great rewards. As a Trustee, you’ll hold complex regulatory, legal, and fiduciary responsibilities, and you’ll need to make tough decisions under pressure. Get On Board is here to help. We recognise that becoming a Trustee, especially without significant work and life experience, requires training and upskilling. With the Get On Board programme’s support, you’ll be able to grow in confidence and knowledge, allowing you to contribute to all matters of YMCA governance – from safeguarding to long-term financial plans.

Get On Board is a project funded by the Central and Anglia Trust Fund and delivered by a partnership led by One YMCA that seeks to:

  • Support young people (aged 18-30) to become effective YMCA Trustees
  • Resource and prepare YMCAs to be welcoming, accessible recipients of younger Trustees.
  • Provide young Trustee training mapped with evidenced learning outcomes and a suite of micro-credentials.
  • Create supportive peer networks both for participating young people and YMCA Trustee mentors.
  • Create a financially self-sufficient legacy model of young Trustee training beyond the project.

Programme Outline

Are you a young person looking to become a full Board member at your YMCA? Well, the Get on Board programme has got you covered! This programme has been specially designed to support your journey towards achieving your goals. The best part? The course and learning materials have been created in small, easy-to-digest pieces using interactive and reflective methodologies. Elements of the course will be delivered during the residential parts of the programme (around 40%), whilst the remainder will take place during online sessions. The programme has been developed to be flexible, so it can be adapted to either face-to-face or online environments.

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What Young Trustees can expect from Get On Board

  • A warm welcome and induction from your YMCA
  • A bespoke training package over a period of 6 months
  • Opportunity for regular attendance at Board meetings as a co-opted Trustee
  • Access to an online learning portal and evidence of your learning through a set of micro-credentials
  • Regular support and 1:1s from an experienced Trustee Mentor from your YMCA
  • Regular networks with other young people engaged in the Get On Board programme
  • Full Board membership at your YMCA upon completion of the programme
  • Accommodation, travel, expenses, and food costs for the residential elements of the programme

What Get On Board expects from Young Trustees

  • A positive attitude and willingness to learn and ask questions
  • Attendance at all aspects of the training programme – both online and in person
  • Attendance at Board meetings as agreed with your YMCA whilst a co-opted member
  • Regular engagement with peer networks and mentoring with your Trustee mentor
  • Commitment to becoming a full Board member upon successful completion of the course


Are you interested in signing up to be a Young Trustee or want more information?

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