Girl Leadership

Our Youth Leadership Board (YLB) brings the teen girl voice into our organization. The YLB is an 9-month leadership, mentorship and ambassador experience for girls in10th-12th grade. The goal of the YLB is to turn Passion → Action and be a leader by doing. YLB members are dedicated towards the mission of WHI and use their voice to support a growing non-profit and create change for girls in our community.

I think I grew as a leader by learning about my personal strengths and being able to identify them. Before YLB I knew I liked being in leadership positions and that I was passionate about leadership in general, but I didn’t know what it meant to be a leader and how to encourage other to be leaders as well.
— Chloe, Youth Leadership Board Member

2019-2020 Youth Leadership Board

We are looking for girls who are eager to push themselves, to step outside their comfort zone, and lend their expertise and uniqueness to Wild Hearts Idaho. You have ideas and opinions and want to share your voice within a growing nonprofit organization. You are committed to our mission and vision and want to gain leadership experience by doing.  You will be part of a diverse and engaging group of 8 high school girls and women mentors who are dedicated to supporting the work of WHI. The Youth Leadership Board brings the girl voice into the organization in a fun, supportive, and team-oriented way. You will have the opportunity to challenge yourself, connect with others, learn, and develop skills in public speaking, mentorship, community outreach, fundraising, and event planning.

All teen girls ages 15-18 or in 10th-12th grade are welcome to apply! Applications for the 2019/2020 YLB are now closed.

Learn more about the YLB position and important responsibilities here!

2019 - 2020 YLB Important Dates

(Monthly meetings are held on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays)

August 1st - Applications open

September 1st - Applications close at midnight

September 12th - All applicants will be notified

September 26th - Kick-off Gathering 

October 12th-13th - Retreat, & First monthly meeting - 24th 

November -  14th & 28th

December - 12th, & WHI Board Christmas Gathering - Dec. 13th

January - 9th & 23rd

February - 13th & 27th

March - 12th & 26th

April - 9th, End of Year Celebration - 23rd

I was inspired by my Youth Leader. She taught me to grow, settle, and expand into who I was much more than I was expecting.
— Kelli, Youth Leadership Board Mentor

Accomplishments of the 2018 - 2019 Youth Leadership Board

  • 392 hours of mentorship at twice monthly meetings.

  • Participating in the first YLB overnight retreat.

  • Setting and pursuing individual leadership goals.

  • Participating in guest speakers focusing on sharing your story with confidence, Cliffton Strengths Finder, and self-compassion.

  • Attending the IWCF Fall Symposium dinner with two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Nicholas Kristoff.

  • Tabling at the Idaho Women's March.

  • Interviewed and featured in the first issue of Outdoor Idaho Magazine.

  • Sharing their voice on the importance of WHI for online fundraising campaigns on Giving Tuesday and Idaho Gives.

  • Planning and implementing two outreach events aimed at increasing WHI awareness among girls ages 12-18.

  • Two YLB Representatives serving on the WHI Board of Directors.

  • Planning and implementing WHI's first fundraising event, the Celebrate Women Hike.

  • Ending the year with a celebration dinner recognizing individual growth, group accomplishments, and relationships formed.

Accomplishments of our (*First*) 2017-2018 Youth Leadership Board

  • Participated in 28 hours of leadership development.

  • Participated in an all-day retreat to foster connections and set YLB yearly goals.

  • Connected with mentors to pursue individual and group leadership goals.

  • Learned from influential women leaders in our local community on sharing your story, exploring your strengths, utilizing design thinking skills, and breaking down gender stereotypes in the outdoors.

  • Planned and implemented WHI Field Day event for 35 teen girls and parents. This was our first outreach event and focused on increasing awareness of WHI for middle school girls.