VIENNA, VA - Leadership Fairfax is excited to announce the launch of their Youth Leadership Network in collaboration with Fairfax County. This new initiative provides a collective umbrella under which over 100 youth councils in the county can network, engage in volunteer opportunities and expand their leadership skills through educational courses that address leadership topics important to youth. The leadership network will also provide training opportunities for advisors and mentors working with youth councils. There is no cost to join the network and all training and educational classes will be provided for free to members. Leadership Fairfax and Fairfax County believe it is imperative that all interested youth in the community have access to high quality facilitators and educators to increase their knowledge and build skills necessary for success. Members of youth councils can sign up by going leadershipfairfax.org/YLN.
The Youth Leadership Network is an important part of Leadership Fairfax’s community focused Serve Fairfax initiative. Serve Fairfax provides community volunteers with board training and education to improve service on commissions, boards, committees and advisory councils in the region. Serve Fairfax connects interested volunteers with organizations seeking volunteer assistance. It is additionally the repository for Leadership Fairfax’s community conversations which include all research on community topics through an equity lens conducted annually by Leadership Fairfax fellows.
“The Youth Leadership Network will provide important training and support to youth councils in Fairfax County, while connecting youth voices with organizations seeking to diversify and expand their approach to policy and procedure with a perspective towards the future,” stated CEO Karen Cleveland. The Youth Leadership Network will kick off official events in 2022 with four educational round tables, networking experiences and more.
“Life, innovation, and progress continue to advance at a dizzying pace and the challenge to keep up with change only grows. That is why it is imperative that we engage our future leaders, early in their development in the process, as they learn the methods and practices needed to find solutions, bring communities together, and shape a path towards common benefit and a brighter tomorrow for all. Leadership Fairfax is uniquely positioned to provide the tutelage, training and empowerment needed to guide them on that leadership journey and we could not be prouder to answer the call,” stated Chairman of the Board, Danny Vargas.
Leadership Fairfax is seeking youth councils in Fairfax County to join the youth leadership network at leadershipfairfax.org/YLN. Membership is open to all youth councils supporting businesses, county organizations or nonprofits.