JOINING A YOUTHBANK

  1. A YouthBank near you
    If you want to find out about becoming a member of a YouthBank committee complete the contact us form or contact the YouthBank closest to you.
  2. Becoming a member of YouthBank
    Recruitment times for each YouthBank Committee varies throughout the year, so to find out if your local YouthBank is looking for new members just contact your nearest YouthBank Co-ordinator. 
  3. Age
    YouthBank is open to young people from the ages of 14 up to 25. However, each individual YouthBank can set their own lower and upper limits, as long as it falls within this age-range. For example, some YouthBanks only recruit young people aged 16 and over. 
  4. Your role
    As a member of a YouthBank Committee (normally made up of 8 to 12 members) you will be responsible for awarding small grants to other young people in your community. 
  5. How often does a YouthBank meet?
    Generally YouthBank Committees meet one evening a week for approximately 2 hours. Groups tend to meet less over the holidays. Members also have opportunities to go on residential weekends. 
  6. Training & Support
    All YouthBank committees are supported by an adult co-ordinator. The co-ordinator will meet with you on a weekly basis and provide you with essential training in areas such as publicity and promotion; how to carry out an interview; how to fairly assess a grant application and much more besides. The coordinator will also provide you with any other help or guidance you might need.
  7. Skills & Personal Development
    YouthBank is not just about giving out grants, it is a personal development programme, which will build your self-esteem and confidence and help you to learn new skills in leadership, team-work, decision-making, problem-solving, communication, negotiation, report-writing, presentation skills, running events, interview skills and lots, lots more.
  8. Meeting Others
    As a member of a YouthBank Committee you will get the opportunity to meet young people from other YouthBanks at different events throughout the year. This might include an exchange visit with another YouthBank or it might be a YouthBank Forum Event, which brings together all YouthBanks in the island of Ireland network to share experiences, develop ideas and have fun.
  9. Support to funded projects
    As a member of a YouthBank Committee your role will also include visiting the projects you fund. You will offer support and check that the group are spending their grant as originally agreed, reminding them to keep receipts for the money they have spent.
  10. Evaluation
    At the end of each year you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about your experiences of YouthBank. This is a really good way for the YouthBank staff team to find out about your experiences and any ideas you have to improve the YouthBank programme. You don't have to put your name on the form so it is totally confidential.
  11. OCN qualification
    As a member of YouthBank you will also get the opportunity to complete an OCN level 2 qualification in Grant-Making. This is a nationally recognised qualification and one you can complete over 6 to 12 months, with support from your co-ordinator.