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Board Member

Our boardWe are a working board. We are looking for candidates that support Guiding Light Mentoring’s mission, vision, purpose, and goals while knowing its strengths and needs. We are also looking for candidates that possess experience in and knowledge of (or willingness and ability to obtain knowledge of) the social service industry sufficient to enable the individual to be an effective board member, including the ability to comprehend and ask relevant questions regarding materials routinely provided to the board on Guiding Light Mentoring’s operations and plans.Current board positions occupied are Board Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.
PositionBoard members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission.
Desired skills
Board*, Coaching*
WhenEvery 2nd Monday of the month from 6:00-7:30 pm
Where4141 Hamilton Avenue Suite #1, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223 *Currently meeting via Zoom because of the rise in Covid cases​*
Commitment1 to 3 hours/month
DonationWe strive for 100% board giving, but have no strict guidelines around financial contributions.
RequirementsThe board of directors will meet as needed, but at a minimum of 10 times per calendar year. Committees of the board meet four to six times a year, depending on the committee. Be willing and have the ability to devote the time required to be an effective board member, including serving on one or more board committees; preparing for board and committee meetings through advance review of meeting materials; and attending at least 50 percent of all board and committee meetings, in person or by phone and virtual (if necessary). The Board of Directors shall hold office for a term of two (2) years beginning on the day of the annual meeting at which the directors is elected and ending on the day of the third annual meeting.
On-boardingBefore joining our board, our Board Chair has an initial phone call with the prospective board member. During this call, he reviews the organization's history, vision/mission, goals, and progress to date. Our Board Chair also learns about the personal and professional background of the candidate and why he or she wishes to join the board. If there is an interest from the prospective board member to continue with the process, he or she will complete a board of directors application. Once this application is completed and turned in, the prospective board member is interviewed by the Executive Director and current board members. Those interested in serving on our board must give three contacts for the organization to complete a reference check on all candidates. Then, Guiding Light Mentoring Board of Directors votes on whether to invite the prospective board member to the board. The prospective board member is then notified via phone call or email. If the decision is made to invite the prospective board member to join the board, he or she will be officially welcomed at the next in-person board meeting.
Additional InfoGuiding Light Mentoring is a mentoring organization dedicated to serving youth ages 8-18 in the Greater Cincinnati area by providing positive role models, teaching relationship skills, and developing moral character. Guiding Light Mentoring was created to embrace youth from diverse backgrounds and provide the tools necessary to improve decision making, increase confidence and attain resilience. Our program integrates various resources that motivate youth to take a proactive role in implementing the required changes to drive success. We take pride in empowering our youth as they acquire personal development and leadership skills and journey with us to create sustainable partnerships in their communities.  
Our missionOur mission is to provide youth with guidance, support and encouragement to make positive decisions that lead to a successful life.
Children, Education, Health, Life Skills, Poverty