Chapter Resources - Leadership Meeting Agenda

Updated 6/12/2023

Chapter Leadership Teams

Why are leadership teams important? 

As grassroots advocates, one of our missions is to create the next generation of leaders. Just as you were trained to lead your chapter, teach and mentor volunteers to become leaders themselves. We cannot create social and legislative change alone; it is critical for you to find individuals to help carry out our mission. Cohesive leadership will lend itself to strong chapter engagement which supports YPR’s aim of developing recovery-read communities. 

How do I find volunteers? 

Start with your network: family, friends, job, neighborhood, places of worship, school, etc. Meet with people who work in recovery, government, non-profits, charities, foundations, and more. Invite people to a pro-social activity, an all recovery meeting, or a workshop to exemplify what YPR does and how we work to accomplish our mission and vision. As people from these networks begin to participate in YPR activities, approach them about taking it one step further and becoming a volunteer leader. 

Below, you will find a general list of leadership positions for YPR chapters. Depending on the context and needs of each community, these leadership roles and responsibilities may vary. However, please use this list as a starting point when developing your leadership team: 

  • All Recovery Meeting (ARM) Lead:
    • The ARM Lead is responsible for coordinating and executing all-recovery meetings, including submitting post-event forms. 
    • In order to complete outreach and recruitment for these meetings, ideal candidates should have a connection to the recovery community.
    • Additional responsibilities may include: outreach, securing meeting location(s), encouraging other members to lead meetings, finding “keynote speakers” or guest speakers, and creating or printing fliers/event pages and marketing material. 
  • YPR Workshop Lead:
    • The Workshop Lead is responsible for coordinating and executing YPR workshops, including submitting post-event forms.
    • Ideal candidates should have strong experience with group facilitation, are comfortable speaking in public, and have connections to educational institutions, recovery-friendly businesses, resource agencies, etc. This person should be willing to collaborate on workshop topic areas outside of the organization or in partnership with organizations within our networks.
    • Additional responsibilities may include: encourage other members to lead specific workshop topics (ie. education, housing, employment), establish regular 

communications with agencies/resources, coordinate outreach efforts, securelocation(s) for facilitation, create fliers/event pages and marketing material. 

  • Pro-social Event Lead:
    • The Pro-social Lead is responsible for coordinating and executing pro-social events, including submitting post-event forms.
    • Ideal candidates should have strong experience with event planning, creating inclusive functions that cater to diverse populations, understand non-profit/grassroot organizing, networking with community members to gain financial support for events (if applicable), and engage chapter members in the planning process.
    • Additional responsibilities may include: marketing events to stakeholders and community members, gain interest of the media to market event or give coverage of the function (if appropriate), encourage other members to become leaders. 
  • YPR Advocacy Lead:
    • The Advocacy Lead is responsible for coordinating and executing advocacy events, including submitting post-event forms
    • Ideal candidates should have a strong understanding of current issues at the community/local/state levels, have experience in grassroots organizing, understand current political climate, know how to contact elected officials/representatives, and have connections to community stakeholders.
    • Additional responsibilities may include: encouraging other members to get involved, attend coalition meetings outside of the organization, represent the YPR chapter at community functions, convey all information acquired back to the chapter for decisions/rally efforts (if applicable), speak to representatives/elected officials using person-first language, etc. 
  • YPR Social Media Lead:
    • The Social Media Lead is responsible for working with the leadership team to promote all events on social media.
    • Ideal candidates should have a strong social media presence and are able to engage peers to converse on multiple platforms, use recovery vernacular that will engage the recovery community, allies, and others to support events and initiatives, have a certain awareness of cultural competency and sensitivity to diverse populations, be inclusive.
    • Additional responsibilities may include: Creating and marketing event pages and fliers on multiple social media outlets, converse with the general public about YPR mission and vision, share other media on platforms that are recovery-friendly and inclusive. 

How can being a chapter leader develop leadership skills elsewhere? The skills that chapter leads and their teams acquire through YPR training and leadership are applicable to both career and educational pursuits. These skills include but are not limited to: time management, team management, meeting planning and facilitation, data collection, verbal and written communication, public speaking, marketing, and event planning. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to build your professional network by communicating with stakeholders, community members, legislators, and other chapter members/leaders. This will help you to make lasting connections both within and outside of the recovery movement. 

How do I get volunteers to return? 

Building purpose is what we strive for. You will need to give volunteers purpose by engaging them in leadership roles, holding them accountable for their roles and responsibilities, and empowering them to have ownership of leadership processes. As you strengthen relationships with chapter members and potential volunteers, listen to their interests and guide them into roles that align with their interests and skill sets, and give them the power to take the lead. Support these volunteer leaders in their roles by being responsive to their needs, follow through on executing chapter plans, and provide opportunities for growth. By listening to your peer leaders and engaging them in chapter development, you prove how valuable their time and efforts are. In turn, you create an environment where volunteers are important, ensuring a cohesive and successful chapter community.