The Board of Directors (BD) manages or supervises the management of the financial, administrative and organizational activities and affairs of YCSRR. The Directors are members of YCSRR and get elected by the broad membership at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The BD is accountable to YCSRR’s members, employees, partners and funders.
The BD meets in-person three times a year:
Once a month, the BD meets via videocalls. The agendas are usually divided in the following topics: membership, staff and office updates, finance and fundraising, and any other business. We do membership activity levels assessments once every two months, three accountability and transparency surveys at a year and financial statements review per month.
Each Director has specific responsibilities and is pivotal to the organisation. They fulfill the following roles:
Contact the Board of Directors:
Consensus is a participatory means of group decision-making. In consensus decision-making, making the decision itself is not necessarily the main goal, as a "majority rules" approach is likely the speediest way to make decisions and move the agenda forward. At the Youth Coalition, our approach to consensus is based on the principle that every voice is worth hearing, and every concern is justified. If a proposal makes a few people, even one person, deeply unhappy - then a consensus approach recognizes that there is a valid reason for that unhappiness, and if the group ignores this, they are likely to make a mistake.
In consensus decision making, the input and ideas of all meeting participants are gathered and synthesized to arrive at a final decision acceptable to all members of the group. Consensus does not mean that everyone thinks that the decision made is necessarily the best one possible; consensus means that in coming to that decision, no one felt that their position on the matter was misunderstood or not given a proper hearing. It further means that while everyone might not agree fully with the decision, they are ready to continue supporting and working for the Organisation.
Why use consensus? There are many benefits to operating by consensus decision-making:
The YCSRR strongly believes in the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Meaningful Youth Participation (MYP) and Social Justice of young people.
The YCSRR uses a mandate driven approach in the execution of its functions. Under this approach, the organisation is divided into five working groups, each led by two co-chairs. Below is more information on each of these five working groups.
As an organization that is primarily led by volunteers, organizational sustainability is an essential factor in our long term strategy. We aim to increase organizational development, sustainability and efficiency by improving membership leadership, organizational management skills, and by increasing institutional legitimacy. Under this working group, there are four other committees: Strategic Planning Committee, Communications’ Committee, Membership Committee and Fundraising Committee.
In order to elevate the voices of young people, the YCSRR operates in international, national and regional advocacy arena's, including during the United Nations political processes. The working group aims to ensure that young people participate in international and regional meetings and conferences to advocate for the adoption of language and policies aimed at increasing access of young people to youth-friendly SRHR information, education and services worldwide.
As a youth organization, capacity strengthening is at the core of our strategy. The working group works to strengthen the capacity of young people and youth-led organisations to use evidence to develop advocacy plans, communicate with decision-makers, and leverage existing accountability mechanisms to advance SRHR within the SDG framework.
The YCSRR is a platform for learning, both on a personal and a professional level. The organisation believes in facilitating safe spaces, in which young people can acquire/develop advocacy skills free of stigma and discrimination. The YCSRR trains young people to become effective SRR advocates and strong leaders in their communities and makes a special effort to hold trainings in regions where young people are typically under-represented in decision-making processes.
As a leader in youth SRR advocacy and youth participation, the YCSRR aims to be a resource for young people, policy-makers and others working in the field of SRHR. The organisation uses publications, newsletters, website, social media and electronic distribution lists to raise awareness on SRR issues and share youth-friendly advocacy tools with other advocates. It also creates change through grass-root organising, alliance building among diverse constituencies and stakeholders, and builds networks of allies around shared visions. This working group creates and curates meaningful youth-friendly knowledge on SRHR for YCSRR and its partners to aid advocacy efforts.
This working group works on projects the organisation is engaged in. It also works on securing project funding, expanding partnerships working on projects and ensuring the organisation pursues ethical project funding and takes a participatory approach to project work in respective settings. For more information on projects, please refer to the Projects page.