The YouthWorks Initiative is a partnership between The Memorial Foundation and local high schools representing a commitment to the youth in our community.
The YouthWorks Council is made up of Yakima Valley youth leaders, ranging from 9th through 12th grades attending any school in Yakima County who exemplify advanced leadership qualities, display interest in philanthropy, and exude a passion for providing service to the community.
The YouthWorks Council creates advocates who work to improve the future of health care in our community by learning about the different avenues of care provided by the Yakima Valley Memorial family of services. They carry out this mission through the support of The Memorial Foundation’s four healthcare initiatives: Cancer Care, Children’s Health, Compass Care, and Healthy Yakima. The YouthWorks Council acts as a board of directors over the YouthWorks Initiative by helping raise and allocate funds, initiating events, and encouraging volunteerism and community support among their peers. Meetings are held once a month on the 3rd Monday at 6:30, location varies. We ask that attendance at council meetings be 60% to be eligible to be on council the following year.
The following positions will open for the 2021-2022 YouthWorks Council in mid August:
*Must have at least 1 year of YouthWorks Council membership to apply for the executive board.
This position manages the YouthWorks Initiative and oversees the YouthWorks Council. The Executive Director organizes and chairs the monthly meetings, represents the YouthWorks Council at The Memorial Foundation’s Board of Trustees meetings, and is responsible for the work and doings of the council. This position must commit to giving 15 hours of community service throughout the year.
Vice Chair/ Volunteer Coordinator
This position serves as the Vice Chair of the YouthWorks Council and assists the Executive Chair with their needs. The Volunteer Coordinator is also responsible for organizing student volunteers for the YouthWorks Pageants and overseeing the allocation process. This position must commit to giving 15 hours of community service throughout the year.
This position serves as the record keeper and manages communication of the YouthWorks Council, taking minutes during meetings and keeping an organized file structure of all information. The secretary is tasked with emailing minutes to all council members each month and to communicate with other council members regarding activities. This position must commit to giving 15 hours of community service throughout the year.
This position works with the other executive members to maintain the presence and visibility of the YouthWorks Council with social marketing avenues, as well as documenting volunteer activities. This position must commit to giving 15 hours of community service throughout the year.
25 Council Member positions are open on the 2021-2022 YouthWorks Council:
Aside from the Executive Board positions, the YouthWorks Council is comprised of members who help volunteer at events, engage their community in philanthropy, and have an interest in growing their leadership abilities. This position must commit to giving 10 hours of community service throughout the year. Volunteer activities may include participation in the Cancer Care Initiative, Children’s Health Initiative, Compass Care Initiative, and Healthy Yakima Initiative.