In support of the YWCA Princeton’s mission of empowering women, the inaugural YWCA Princeton NEXT GEN Board launched in May 2016. The NEXT GEN Board is one of only two YWCA young women’s professional boards in the country engaging young women in board leadership activities that directly tie in with their interests and talents. Participants are engaged in career enhancement, goal setting, and personal, professional and board leadership development. Board members also work closely with the YWCA Board of Directors and have the unique opportunity to be mentored by influential community leaders in business, education, finance, healthcare, technology and media, while serving on a self-governing board.
The NEXT GEN Board is made up of women within the greater Mercer County area from all backgrounds, including healthcare, non-profits, law, academia, athletics, science and more. The Board is thinking of creative new ways to engage young adults in gender, racial, and social justice discussions, and recently held its first poetry slam fundraiser to raise funds for a speaker and event series dedicated to these issues in 2018.
The ideal NEXT GEN Board applicant is a woman between the ages of 21 to 34 who is at the beginning of her career and leadership journey. Applications to join the Board are accepted twice a year at the beginning of April and October. Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEXT GEN Board FAQs
They are held in-person once each month. Currently, they are held the third Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 pm at the YWCA Princeton’s Bramwell House.
Participants must agree to an 18-month term. Board members are able to serve two terms concurrently.
Of course! If you can’t attend in person, we offer a teleconference number to call in. If you cannot call in, excused absence is acceptable as long as the secretary and president(s) are notified prior.
NEXT GEN also has a leave of absence policy: if you find yourself unable to participate with the board for a long period for any reason, just let us know and we can put you on Leave during that time!
Like any good thing in life, you get out of this experience what you put in. If you’re looking to gain board experience, it is important to attend board meetings. If you’re looking to build professional or new technical skills, it is important you participate on committees that plan our events and initiatives. If you’re looking to hone your leadership acumen, you’ll need to step up into a committee leader or executive committee role. If you’re looking to make new friends or meet new people, come to NEXT GEN’s social events or attend other YWCA Princeton events. There are truly so many things you can get out of your experience if you put in the effort.
Over the course of most months you can expect:
- 1 board meeting (2 hours)
- 1-2 committee meetings (depending on current initiatives, most meetings are 30-60 mins in length)
- 1-2 hours committee work, email and/or other board responsibilities
TOTAL: approx. 3-5 hours per month
Note: If you would like to step up into a committee chair position or executive committee role at any time, you can expect an additional 2-3 hours per month.
So many! NEXT GEN members are mentored by YWCA Princeton board and staff, have professional development via speakers at board meetings, and occasionally receive discounts to major YWCA Princeton events. It’s a tremendous opportunity to get involved in the community, invest in your own professional development, build your network, and make a difference.
Absolutely! Higher education is not a requirement for board participation, all you need is a desire to better yourself.
Women between the ages of 21-34 are welcome to participate!
You’ll need to:
- Complete the application online
- Submit the completed application along with:
- A personal statement
- Your current resume
- Two letters of support from non-family members
If selected to move onto the next stage of the process, you will be contacted for an interview.
Absolutely! Board positions are sought after and should always be included on resumes. This is an opportunity to begin getting some board experience, so you can move on to bigger and better boards and they should all be on your resume, LinkedIn, etc. With enough board experience, you could one day end up in a paid board position!