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Young Leaders Network

The Young Leaders Network is a community designed to help young leaders (aged 18-26) to grow into their role as a leader in The Boys’ Brigade and assist them in discovering opportunities to continue to build skills, share experiences and shape the future of the BB.

By investing in young leaders and giving them opportunities to develop, we believe this will help to build the leaders of the future and ensure The Boys’ Brigade can meet the needs of future generations.

Find out below more about the Network, what the Network does and the opportunities for you to get involved.

What is the Young Leaders Network?

The Young Leaders Network is a platform for young leaders aged 18-26 to be informed, share experiences, build skills and grow as leaders.

The network was launched in 2022 by the Young Leaders Group. This group is made up of young leaders from across the UK who are passionate about championing the views of young leaders and helping to develop and improve the support structure for those starting out in leadership roles within the BB.

The Network continues to be coordinated by the Young Leaders Group, ensuring that the work of the Network remains relevant to the needs of 18–26-year-old leaders as it evolves.

What does the Young Leaders Network do?

The Young Leaders Network has three main aims. These are:

To inform & support young leaders

  • Using social media & termly emails to put relevant information into the hands of young leaders.
  • A dedicated Young Leaders Facebook Group to share opportunities, encourage discussion and allow young leaders from across the country a chance to network and share.
  • A mentor scheme, to help support young leaders, is currently being developed and will be launched in 2023.

To provide opportunities to young leaders

  • Build skills appropriate for your role via training, gatherings and leadership opportunities.
  • Share experiences and learn from others through gatherings, online forums, informal conversations, profiles and more.
  • Leadership opportunities promoted and/or made available through the network, to help you to put your leadership skills into action and learn by doing.
  • To Develop as young leaders, helping you to feel confident, empowered and valued as a young leader in The Boys’ Brigade

To amplify the voice of young leaders

  • Raising the profile of Young Leaders and their experiences of their role(s), helping others to see the opportunities available to them and the value that young leaders give to the BB.
  • Promoting decision making roles available on committees and groups within The Boys’ Brigade, including the under-26 positions on the Brigade executive and regional committees.
  • Empowering young leaders to become ‘Comms Champions’ for the organisation and ambassadors for the work of the Brigade.

Upcoming Opportunities

There are a number of ways for young leaders to get involved and start benefiting from the Network. Please note these opportunities are only available to registered BB leaders aged 18-26.

Young Leaders: Reconnect – Wednesday 25th October @ 7pm

We’ll be virtually bringing Young Leaders together, to provide you with updates, encourage you to have your say & shape the future of the network. Throughout the session we will:

  • Give updates on the Network’s recent successes.
  • Share new opportunities for you to get involved with, as a young leader.
  • Announce plans for our Young Leaders Weekend in 2024.
  • Spend time in workshops giving you a say on what you’d like for the coming year.

The aim of the session is to provide a good chunk of time in breakout rooms, where you will be able to share your experiences as a young leader, have a say on what more you’d like from the Young Leaders Network and how the network can continue to encourage & develop young leaders within the Brigade.

If you’ve not attended a Young Leaders Network event before, then this session will be a great opportunity to find out more about the network and get involved for the first time.

Young Leaders Facebook Group

Make sure to head to our Facebook group to keep up to date with all the opportunities and discussions that take place.

Get in Touch

Do you have a question for the Young Leaders Network or want to find out more? You can get in touch with us via email at youngleaders@boys-brigade.org.uk and a member of the team will come back to you.