Youth Trustee of The Challenge Network Board

Youth Trustee of The Challenge Network Board


Take on the highly regarded role of a trustee for the fastest growing youth charity in the UK. Help to shape its decisions by bringing in the perspectives of the young people who have taken part in The Challenge. In the process you will make some highly influential connections, gain valuable skills and experiences, which will enrich your CV.

The Role of a Youth Trustee


A charity’s trustee board are the people who oversee the organisation’s decision-making, and are legally responsible for the direction and performance of the charity. 


The Challenge Network’s board of trustees includes two Challenge Graduates alongside senior representatives from leading organisations in the UK. The board discusses key topics including how the develops and grows in size and impact, any major risks, finances and how The Challenge Network works with other organisations. This is an exciting time for The Challenge Network as we continue to develop and grow our key programmes and it is important to us that the views of young people are represented through two Youth Trustees.


The Responsibilities of a Youth Trustee


We are looking for one The Challenge 2012 Graduate to join our Trustee Board at this exciting time. Youth Trustees have the same rights and responsibilities as other trustees, and are mentored by members of the board to help them understand documents, procedures and encourage them to contribute fully to the decisions being made.  The Challenge Network will pay for all relevant expenses.


The responsibilities include:


Attend Board Meetings:

  • Youth Trustees are required to attend 5-6 2hr meetings per year, which will be held at or near The Challenge office in London.
  • During these meetings Youth Trustees participate in discussions about a wide variety of aspects surrounding the direction and performance of the charity with the rest of the board. The agenda for each meeting is sent round a week before and each trustee is expected to read the documents and come prepared for the meetings.


Support in developing the charity:

  • Youth Trustees have contact with key staff within the organisation outside of board meetings to make suggestions for improving the programme.
  • They also take part in The Challenge Society and attend key events or local Challenge Youth Board meetings to actively seek to understand the views of other young people.

Represent The Challenge Network:

  • Youth Trustees will have the opportunity to represent The Challenge Network at external events with other organisations.


This is a legally binding position (i.e. your signature matters).


About you


We are looking for 2012 graduate of The Challenge who:

  • Has an interest in building stronger communities and seeing change in society
  • Is at least 16 years old
  • Has taken part in an activity of The Challenge Society
  • Is highly organised, and can be quick in reading and responding to emails
  • Is confident and outspoken, eager to voice opinions and engage in discussions
  • Is able to attend meetings in London (expenses will be paid for)


To apply


Fill out the application form below (it will download to your browser) and email it to [email protected] by 5pm Monday October 22nd.


First round interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates on Thursday 25th October and 1st November.


We look forward to receiving your applications!


Youth Trustee application form

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