Leadership and Development
Several chapters of The Arc and other human service agencies operate junior boards. These boards commonly seat young professionals whose responsibilities include fundraising, networking and volunteering. Many junior board members have experience in these areas due to their work in student-run organizations in high school and college. Quite often junior boards expand their membership to younger professionals.
Gena D. Richardson from The Arc of Alabama will describe the history of their junior board’s development, their responsibilities and current activities and the outcome of their efforts. She will explain how her chapter pushed the envelope of the traditional junior board model and created a group that fit the needs of her chapter. In less than 6 months the junior board had participated in numerous fundraisers, advocacy events, and community networking groups while promoting The Arc of Alabama and the 30 local chapters in their state.