An important and large component of society is often absent from community boards and committees - youth!

Posted on August 5, 2013 by Yvonne (Bonnie) Wichtner-Zoia, Michigan State University Extension

A Non-Profit Law Blog article by Emily Chan reveals that the

2007 National Survey of Children’s Health reported approximately 78 percent of youth between the ages of 12-17 participated in volunteer work or community service events that year. However, participation by youth on boards unrelated to youth activities is negligible – less than two percent. Chan goes on to state, however, that “some groups have taken note of this increasingly service-oriented age group and focused discussions toward integrating younger individuals into nonprofit boards (i.e., person under the legal age of adulthood).”


A young professional in my community, Helen-Ann Prince, is a recent college graduate who works with youth on the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative as well as the Alcona County FFA Chapter. A short time ago I met with Helen-Ann at the Michigan State University Extension office in Alcona to discuss opportunities to involve young individuals in community organizations and boards...

Click Here to read the full article published by Michigan State University.

Created on Tuesday, August 13, 2013