Youth Leadership and Governance
Youth leadership is a part of our DNA.
CanTeen was set up by a group of young cancer patients in 1985 and we still have young people involved at every level of the organisation. Not only do our young leaders ensure that we truly understand how cancer is different in a young person’s world, they are developing the skills, resilience, and confidence to contribute meaningfully to the world around them through their experiences of leadership in CanTeen.
There are many opportunities for young people to get involved as valued contributors to the organisation. Every young person is empowered as an expert in their own wellbeing and can also sign-up to become a Member (there’s no charge) to exercise their vote on matters which affect them and the future of CanTeen.
Members participate in local leadership groups which enable them to get involved (according to their interest and skill) in governance, advocacy, fundraising and as a powerful support to one another online, in person and on programs.
CanTeen is also unique in that the majority of the Board of Directors are young leaders elected by the Member Advisory Council (as outlined in the CanTeen Constitution). The Board Chair is elected by the Board and must also be a young person.
Underpinning all youth leadership and governance at CanTeen is the Executive team, led by CEO Peter Orchard.