Youth Advisory Committee
Too often, charities deem children and young people as merely the recipients of aid. At Free The Children, we proudly believe that true social change lies with the younger generation. Empowering young people is the key to ending poverty, hunger, disease, thirst and exploitation.
That’s why the organization’s youth advisory committee is an integral part of the board of directors team. They keep the youth voice alive, bringing it to every decision and ensuring it’s at the forefront of everything the organization does.
Message from the Youth Advisory Committee
Dear Free The Children Family,
Please allow us to introduce ourselves. We are the current members of the Youth Advisory Committee of Free The Children’s Board of Directors. It is such an honour to be able to serve Free The Children in this role since each of us is passionate about helping to empower other young people to change the world!
Though we have a lot in common with one another, we also have very diverse backgrounds that help us to bring different perspectives to the table. We are American and Canadian, ranging in age from 14 to 18 years old, male and female, and from all different walks of life. We have all been involved in every different aspect of Free The Children’s youth programs over many years. This includes everything from having attended Free The Children’s inspiring events and programs, participated in Free The Children’s incredible trainings, volunteered in Free The Children communities overseas, and taken action with our schools, friends and families to “be the change” we all want to see in the world!
We are proud to be the current torch-bearers in keeping Craig Kielburger’s founding vision and core values alive in all we do. Our role as the Youth Advisory Committee of the Board is to be the voice of young people and to ensure that youth remain at the forefront in every level of decision making. What an honour, and what an incredible organization to truly value youth as the leaders of today!
As members of the Youth Advisory Committee, we attend and participate in all Board meetings and we regularly communicate with the organization to provide feedback on youth campaigns and activities. We use our experiences as Free The Children participants over the years to help ensure that Free The Children’s youth empowerment activities are always moving forward the organization’s mission—to help youth to change the world, whatever their passion may be. Sometimes this may be through fundraising, other times through awareness campaigns, and other times through volunteerism—but, it is important to share, the goal of our Committee and of Free The Children is to empower youth to engage in social change, be it through Free The Children or other opportunities and to find their own passions.
We take the responsibility of representing our peers very seriously, and we know how lucky we are to have been selected to fulfill this important role. That’s why each of us applied to be a Youth Advisory Committee member and why we volunteer so much of our time—because we believe deeply in Free The Children and in the important role of a strong youth voice and presence on all levels of the organization! If youth or adults have any questions about the committee and our role, please e-mail us at email@example.com. Your email will be directed to us, and it will be our pleasure to respond.
Be the change,
|Drew Descourouez||Lynne Corvaglia||Lucas Goodenough||Mitch Kurylowicz|
|Hannah Owen||Ella Hohnen-Ford||Hutton Phillips||Josh Church|