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Are you interested in learning what it takes to become a community leader?

Would you like to join the governing board of a community organisation for up to 9 months to learn how everything works, how decisions are made etc?

You will have an assigned mentor from the board, participate in board meetings and there will be four learning forums throughout the year that all participants and mentors can attend.

Structure of the Programme

As a participant, you will become an honorary member of a community organisation board for up to 9 months. You will attend their monthly board meetings, you will be encouraged to have your say in decisions and give your perspective as a young person.

You will be assigned a board member as a mentor, and they will help you on your learning journey. There will be four learning forums throughout the year, one every three months. All the participants in the programme are invited along with their mentors.

How many places are there?

There are 10 places on the programme. Each participant is matched with a different community board. Examples of some of the boards that have taken part are Fresh FM, Whanake Youth, Red Cross, Victory Community Centre, Health Action Trust, Cancer Society, Volunteer Nelson, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Project Janszoon. etc. The programme is open to 16 – 30 year olds.

How do I apply?

Fill out the expression of interest form below and a member of the Volunteer Nelson team will be in touch via email. Alternatively email [email protected] or phone 03 546 7681 ext 3.


“During my tenure, I had the  privilege to be a board member of Multicultural Nelson Tasman.  I wouldn’t be able to work and learn with the lovely team of MNT if I didn’t take part in Youth into Governance. There is so much to learn about different aspects of governance and also at the same time learning about different causes that are close to your heart such as migrant community, women empowerment, mental health, global warming, and many more.”

~Ishan Patel (YiG 2022)


“I highly recommend the Youth into Governance programme to any young person who wants to develop their potential as a community leader and to any community organisation who wants to benefit from the talents and insights of young people.  It is indeed a rewarding and meaningful experience for everyone involved – a Win-Win programme, thanks to Volunteer Nelson & funders. “

~Marie Lindaya, Deputy Chair Multicultural Nelson Tasman (YiG 2022)

Expression of Interest Form

Youth into Governance Registration of Interest
We're interested to know your motivations for taking part as well as a bit about you, your interests and what school or training provider you go to, if any.
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