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Youth Leaders on Board

The non-profit sector in Canada is huge and plays a critical role in the day-to-day lives of Canadians. Non-profits assist in delivering services such as social assistance, as well as recreation for seniors and youth. Leading a successful non-profit organization is exciting, fulfilling, and challenging. However, getting access to see how these organizations operate can be difficult.

The Youth Leaders on Board (YLOB) initiative addresses this by placing undergraduate students on the boards of organizations in Brantford, Brant County, and surrounding communities. YLOB is designed to enhance your leadership and governance knowledge, skills and experiences and provide you with a foundation for a lifelong interest in community service, as well as in board participation and development.

YLOB is intended to provide non-profit organizations with a youth perspective and enable students to gather critical, practical leadership skills such as decision making, goal setting, and communication. Typically, 6-8 organizations participate in YLOB each year and they focus on a diverse range of areas such as mental health or senior care.

Some of the organizations who have hosted students on their board include:

Following participation in a training workshop on the roles and responsibilities of board members, YLOB students will fulfill their commitment to a one-year placement as a student member on a local community board of directors.


Youth Leaders on Board Application Form

Applications for the 2022 - 2023 term are currently being accepted. Make sure to fill out the form today. Our application deadline is October 21, 2022. 

For additional information please contact our YLOB program director, Dr. Shane Dixon at or reach out to our coordinator Sophia Kallitsis at: 


“The YLOB program gave me a practical understanding of how non-profit boards function. This experience helped balance and compliment theory gained through the YLOB program along with lecture content. I will continue to seek out opportunities on various boards for years to come because I have learned the difference I can make in my community through the YLOB leadership opportunity!”

– fourth-year Leadership student

“This program gives students an opportunity to understand how decisions within these organizations are made, whom they benefit, and how conflicts amongst a group of people with various backgrounds are resolved.”

– fourth-year Criminology student

“Young adults do not get many opportunities to be exposed to the good work of community governance and the potential pitfalls that can be avoided. Youth Leaders on Board is a simple program which matches students to community agencies. The student learns community governance and the agency gets connected to young adults who are not typically represented on community boards. It is a win-win.”

health-care organization

“Due to the nature of our board, having a student member has been very helpful. Her opinions and comments were very important as students are becoming the majority downtown and it is important that they have a voice.”

business development organization