Young Professionals On Board

Young Professionals On Board

About the Program

Young Professionals on Board (YPOB) is a pilot project aimed at connecting young professionals with established leaders in our community.  Young professionals, up to the age of 35 years, will be matched with mentors who sit on a local Board of Directors. This project will provide the opportunity for young professionals to learn about board governance and, with the assistance of a mentor, participate in the governance of a local nonprofit agency. The goal of the program is to increase community leadership capacity to support succession-planning for quality board leadership in the nonprofit sector.

What’s Involved:

There are three components:

  1. Workshops
    • Participants will receive training on board governance through a series of 5 lunch and learn sessions (1.5 hours in length). The workshop will cover the following topics: board roles and responsibilities, board teams, human resources, financial management, strategic planning and evaluation.
  2. Board Meetings
    • From September through February, young professionals will participate in a minimum 6 monthly board meetings with their mentor.
  3. Mentorship
    • Each participant will be matched with a mentor on the board on which they sit; through coaching and connecting, mentorship will support the participant’s effectiveness on the board and deepen their level of engagement


  1. Develop and strengthen leadership skills and confidence
  2. Increase experience and understanding of board governance and issues faced by local nonprofit/charitable organizations
  3. Expand networks and build bridges with established leaders in our local community

Participant Expectations:

  1. Demonstrated leadership potential
  2. Openness to learn about the nonprofit/charitable sector
  3. Ability to commit to the requirements of the program
  4. Ask questions, seek opportunities, and fully participate in board meetings
  5. Abide by organizations policies, procedures and codes of conduct
  6. Continued or future leadership volunteering on community boards or committees

Pilot Fees

This is a pilot project intended to engage 5 participants from 4+ local employers. The fee to participate is $500 per participant. This fee offsets the costs of training, matching and mentoring – valued at $1,500+. The fee may be paid by the participant or employer or a combination thereof.

January-February – Participant recruitment and selection. For the purposes of the pilot, the employer will promote, recruit and select the participant(s).

March-April – Participant matching. Participant will be matched to the board based on their interests, skills and passions and the leadership needs of the community organization. Participants will be able to review potential ‘placements’ and provide their preference. PIN will endeavor to place the participant at the organization that is the first or second choice and will provide an introduction to their mentor.

May – June – A small event will be held to provide an opportunity for participants to meet with their board mentors and other participants to the program. Participants will also receive an orientation to the community organization and attend the AGM of the organization (dependent on the organization’s governance cycle).

August-September – Participants will have their first lunch and learn session. The topic discussed will be board roles and responsibilities.

October – January – Participants will attend monthly lunch and learn sessions (1.5 hours in length); covering the topics of board teams, human resources, financial management and strategic planning and evaluation. The sessions will rotate between the workplaces of participants (where possible). ‘Host’ companies will have the opportunity to provide a tour of their workplaces if desired.

June– Pilot wrap up. Participants will be asked for their feedback about their experience and will identify their future goals vis a vis leadership volunteering. PIN staff will assist in making connections and providing resources as required.

To view the brochure, click here.

For inquiries, contact Christine Oldfield, Executive Director [email protected] (519) 822-0912 x 222


 “Volunteers often have opportunities to try new things and test their skills in a way that is not always possible through paid employment. Good leaders understand that employees are learning outside of work. The smart ones then leverage these skills”.  Karen Hurt, Smart Brief Blog, February 21, 2013

Posted on February 27, 2018