USBN Youth Board of Directors Update

Usbn Youth Board (1)Since its founding in 2020, the USBN Youth Board of Directors has been led by its current Executive Committee of Marissa Schorr, Margery Price, Graham Klag, and Samuel Cuthell. The group has collectively worked to support the meaningful involvement of youth (18-35 years old) in the USBN. During their tenure, the Youth Board has welcomed in more than 30 members from across the United States and Puerto Rico, supported the development of the US-Canadian Biosphere Region internship program, increased youth participation in USBN subcommittees, and created a permanent Youth Board representative position on the USBN’s steering committee. As all good things come to an end, so too has the term of our current Executive Committee. It is now time for the next group of exceptional individuals to take the reins of the Youth Board of Directors. 

At the Youth Board’s Summer Quarterly Meeting (July 24th, 2023 at 7pm ET/ 4pm PT) the renamed Youth Board Steering Committee, updated positions, their roles, and their responsibilities will be presented for the first time. Interested youth (18-35 years old) are encouraged to apply. The 8-week application period will be open from July 24th through September 15th, 2023. 

The Youth Board will follow the procedures outlined during the USBN Steering Committee selection process earlier this year. A slate of candidates and their positions will be presented to the Youth Board at the Fall Quarterly meeting in October 2023. Once approved, a three month overlap period will follow, ensuring the incoming committee members have all the necessary history, tools and connections to let them hit the ground running. A new era for the USBN Youth Board of Directors begins at the Winter Quarterly meeting in January of 2024 with the new Youth Board Steering Committee leading the charge. 

Following the Youth Board Summer Quarterly meeting, updated positions & descriptions, along with the call for candidates will be shared with the USBN. All application materials, information, links, and timelines will be included. 

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