The Millennial generation has been getting a lot of press over the past few years, and often the coverage is decidedly unkind, with a focus on personalities that feel entitled to a “participation trophy,” are lazy, and don’t respect their elders at work. With an engrained focus on technology and change previously unseen in former generations, Millennials have made a lot of people uncomfortable and have been called out repeatedly for it.
But poor press aside, these young professionals can in fact be a valuable asset to your organization.
Creative and highly adaptive, many Millennials are defined by their upbeat energy, positive outlook and high level of inclusion. Conversely many Boards are getting a bad rap for being exclusive, untouchable, and far too opaque in their conservative decision-making.
According to advocates for younger board members, having Millennials on your board has many benefits and advances your organization in ways that may be overlooked by those quick to dismiss the young. These include:
- Passion for your mission and organization
- Access to fresh, new networks and a strong knowledge of how to continue building them
- Future leadership potential and the ability to act as a bridge to other future leaders
- Technologically savvy with a knack for teaching other generations the benefits of a technological shift
Do you have younger board members at your organization? How have they helped your nonprofit continue to move forward?