Youth Advisory Board: Promoting Innovation and Giving Youth a Voice

On November 26, 2019, Communities@Work launched the inaugural Youth Advisory Board (YAB), facilitated by Ross McKay, Enterprise Development Manager, and Lee Maiden, Chief Executive Officer.

Youth Advisory Board to Lead Innovation

The YAB has been formed to provide insights to the executive board about youth issues, both within Communities@Work and in the broader Canberra community; champion innovation, develop business models for new project, and add diversity to our governance.

The twelve young members of the YAB (age 18-28) will provide valuable input into the organisation’s strategic direction. They will play a key role in youth engagement and organisational innovation, Communities@Work impact strategy, and champion projects around Digital Transformation, Talent Retention and Sustainability for the first year.

The YAB will provide Communities@Work’s younger employees meaningful and engaging professional development opportunities and provide avenues for participation in a reverse mentoring program.

The initiative is significant as part of a greater strategic focus on innovation and community engagement for Communities@Work. It is not only important for ongoing and continuous improvement, but is key to our workforce strategy to maintain long-term success and drive positive organisational change to create positive social impact in the community – one among the many initiatives in our Strategic Plan 2019-2022.

The Youth Advisory Board will appoint twelve members every year, based on an expression of interest (EOI) process. The inaugural YAB 2019-2020 hopes to achieve great things for the organisation and set the foundation for the years to come.

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