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Who can become a Board Member?
Any system partner who can influence current decision-making policies and practices regarding youth and families and the service system they represent can apply to be on the Advisory Board. As vacancies occur, system partner representation needs will be discussed by the current YFTI AB membership. Applications for new system partner members will be solicited, reviewed, and selected based on current needs identified.
How do I become a Board Member?
If you are interested in becoming a member of the YFTI Advisory Board, please fill out the application and return it by email Laurie Jones. You should also include a letter of support from your agency regarding meeting attendance and participation in activities between board meetings.
The brief letter of support from your employer/agency should include:
- Name and contact information of person writing the letter
- Their understanding of your role on the YFTI Advisory Board as a system partner
- Why they think you would be a good addition to the Advisory Board
- Their willingness and ability to incur travel and other expenses related to your participation in the Advisory Board
Please note that there are separate applications for young adults and family members who are interested in being on the Advisory Board.
How does the selection process work?
Current system partners on the Advisory Board review all applications and make recommendations to the full Advisory Board based on the selection criteria. A system partner member may contact an applicant prior to making a final decision to answer any questions and to explain the important role system partners play on the Advisory Board.
The Director of the Youth and Family Training Institute will contact those applicants selected. Applicants not selected will be notified in writing.
If I am selected to be an Advisory Board System Partner Member, what will I have to do?
System Partners will:
- Attend and actively participate in Advisory Board meetings, trainings, and other pre-meeting and committee discussions as scheduled.
- Listen actively to the ideas and opinions expressed by board members and engage in constructive discussion. Be open to alternative solutions and points of view.
- Review and respond to technical and data planning information.
- Represent constituencies, acknowledging and drawing upon the diversity of opinions and outlooks represented.
- Inform constituencies and other members about the consensus building process and provide updates on the progress of discussions. Members are expected to check back with their respective organization or constituency and be responsible for keeping them aware of on-going Youth and Family Training Institute decision-making processes and timelines. Significant comments and questions expressed by these constituencies will be communicated back to the Advisory Board at the next regular meeting.
- Be committed to working toward consensus and cooperate with this process to the fullest extent possible. A successful conclusion depends on a good faith effort from all participants.
- Collaborate with youth, family members, and other system partners to oversee and further develop the training institute.
- Assist in setting the priorities for the work of the institute.
- Monitor ongoing implementation of the work plan including evaluation, quality assurance, and continuous quality improvement.