Share

Young people are willing, we just need to find them

Young people are willing, we just need to find them
Blogs

Young people are willing, we just need to find them

Governance | Tesse Akpeki | 8 Oct 2012

Attracting young trustees can prove to be tough. But is it young people who are evading charities, or charities evading young people? Tesse Akpeki says young people are willing, but you need to know where to find them.

An on-going challenge we are often told is how to attract young people as board members or volunteers. I was reminded of this when on the spur of the moment my brother invited me to a fundraiser for Cancer Research. The event was held in a nightclub in Central London.

The fundraiser was a mixture of singing, dancing, rap, comedy and a fashion show. There was not one dull moment. I was inspired by the energy, enthusiasm and creativity of the young people who were organising the event and those who were attending it. It was truly an event for young people by young people. Older people like me were welcome to attend and I must say were made to feel included, although I did not make any attempt to engage in the latest dance moves!

Randolph Matthews was my highlight. A talented singer, he drew attention to the cause and had the young people so engaged, they just hung on till the end. He was not shy about his interest in engaging with people to change the world.

The inclusive environment encouraged to connect with those close to me. I got speaking to two talented young people - Naomi and Isabelle. I asked them what had attracted them to come. Naomi told me that earlier this year her mother had been diagnosed with cancer. While she her mother was making a steady recovery, Naomi said she came to realise the important work Cancer Research was undertaking. Isabelle, a friend on Naomi, had been so fired up by Naomi’s passion she got involved too.

There are so many worthwhile causes that young people connect with. Those I spoke to told me that young people connect with other young people and a whole network of interest is nurtured and strengthened – peer connection at its best. Most of the artists, fashion designers and models were donating their time for free.

I was glad to have said yes to my brother’s impromptu invitation to this event. I left with a spring in my step knowing that this young generation is inspired to build communities and make a difference. We have just got to reach out, go to where the young people are (in this case the club was a good venue decision) and give them a reason to connect.

I told Naomi and Isabelle about what I do and my heartfelt desire for strong leadership and governance. Rather than roll their eyes, they said they would be getting in touch! I can’t wait. This passion I guess is what fuels the work of Young Charity Trustees spearheaded by Alex Swallow. If my experience is any proof, inspiring a generation of young trustees is definitely a worthwhile vision.

 

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Tesse Akpeki

Tesse Akpeki is a lawyer, chartered secretary, coach, facilitator and accredited Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution mediator.

Tesse Akpeki (54) Martin Farrell (46) Robert Ashton (41) Tania Mason (23) Andrew Chaggar (23) David Ainsworth (15) David Philpott (14) Ian Allsop (12) Vibeka Mair (11) Niki May Young (11)
Celina Ribeiro (10) Gordon Hunter (9) Kirsty Weakley (9) Leon Ward (9) David Davison (8) John Tate (8) Dorothy Dalton (7) Making Good: The Future of the Voluntary Sector (6) Neal Green (5) Jeremy Swain (5) Rowena Lewis (5) Daniel Phelan (4) Andrew Hind CB (3) Suzi Leather (3) Stephen Lloyd (3) Pauline Broomhead (3) Rosie Chapman (3) Ingrid Marson (3) Alexander Swallow (3) Belinda Pratten (3) Sir Stuart Etherington (2) Adrian Beney (2) Joe Saxton (2) Jesper Christensen (2) Paul Gibson (2) Andrew Scadding (2) Anne Moynihan (2) Kevin Carey (2) Garreth Spillane (2) June O'Sullivan (2) Dan Corry (2) Paul Emery (2) Simon Steeden (2) Alice Sharman (2) Lesley-Anne Alexander CBE (1) Victoria Cook (1) Claris D'cruz (1) Peter Gotham (1) Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett (1) Justin Davis Smith (1) Kate Sayer (1) Alison McKenna (1) Anne-Marie Piper (1) Jo Swinhoe (1) Karl Wilding (1) Richard Williams (1) Mike Hudson (1) Sir Christopher Kelly (1) Daniel Fletcher (1) Martin Brookes (1) Simon Hebditch (1) Lindsay Driscoll (1) Jo Coleman (1) Cedric Frederick (1) Jonathan Lewis (1) Dame Mary Marsh (1) Rosamund McCarthy (1) Jill Pitkeathley (1) Nick Brooks (1) Linda Laurance (1) Suzie Who (1) James Thompson (1) Stephen Hammersley (1) John May (1) Julian Blake (1) Malcolm Hurlston (1) Andy Gregg (1) Anne Owers (1) Beth Yorath (1) Paul Amadi (1) Caroline Beaumont (1) Judith Davey (1) Douglas Rouse (1) Jackie Turpin (1) Jonathan Last (1) Tom Flood (1) Dan Sutch (1) Jonathan Crown (1) Ruchir Shah (1) Katy Wing (1) George Ames (1) Jenny North (1) Sir David Varney (1) Liam Barrington-Bush (1) Mairéad O'Reilly (1) Tobin Aldrich (1) Michael O'Toole (1) Lisa Clavering (1) Ian Joseph (1) Jonathan Bruck (1) Rachel Short (1) Dr Debra Beck (1) Andy Rich (1) Ian Leggett (1) Leigh Daynes (1) Tim Willis (1) Richard Caulfield (1) Emma Callagher (1)
Less +++ More +++

Learning from history

3 Oct 2014

With the emergence of the cloud, the number of accounting software options is growing fast – just as...

Brooks Newmark: a knit wit?

2 Oct 2014

Ian Allsop returned from holiday to find many in the sector already needled by Brooks Newmark. This article...

It’s not the minister who counts

1 Oct 2014

Writing for Charity Finance magazine, which went to press before Brooks Newmark resigned as minister for...

Free eNews

Join the discussion

Twitter
 
Training

Attending our one day courses is a highly effective way of ensuring new and existing trustees fully understand their role, responsibilities and liabilities.

>> Find out more <<