Youth Board

Join Our Youth Board

Joseph Chamberlain laid the foundations for Birmingham as we know it today – learn how his role as Mayor, MP and Colonial Secretary and his radical leadership style of leadership can be relevant and learnt from today. Get hands on experience of real decisions in the leadership of a major community asset.

Join our 6 month youth programme to learn about running organisations through the development of the Chamberlain Highbury Trust.

Ready to get started?

Applications for January-June 2024. Apply now .

Dates of Youth Board Meetings

Monday 9th January 6.30pm-8.30pm

Monday 6th February 6.30pm-8.30pm

Monday 6th March 6.30pm-8.30pm

Monday 3rd April 6.30pm-8.30pm

Monday 15th May 6.30pm-8.30pm (first 2 Mondays are bank holidays in 2023)

Monday 5th June 6.30pm-8.30pm

The Role

As a member of the youth board you will explore leadership, strategy and project management in 6 sessions. You will join a team of 8-10 other young people to learn team-working and decision making skills through practical sessions. We will also focus on story telling and raising awareness of your cause and campaigning.

Skills You Need

  • The ability to think creatively
  • Good communication and team-working
  • An ability to act as an ambassador


  • Age 16-25
  • Ability to get to Highbury in Moseley.
  • Attend 6 evening meetings on 1st Monday of the month

My time on the Youth Board was brilliant! It taught me a lot about how to engage new audiences to protect and care for Highbury.Martha

“It has been a great experience to work alongside you and the others, helping to reinvigorate Highbury and its legacy in addition to using it as a springboard to be active locally and with important issues such as sustainability.” Yusuf

Ever wondered how an organisation is run?

The Chamberlain Highbury Trust Youth Board programme will introduce its members to real scenarios for decision making through themed topic areas over a 6 month period. It will include structured governance theory running alongside practical work to compliment your learning at each stage.

You will be introduced to the leadership of Joseph Chamberlain and the history of Highbury as the home of a pioneer. At the end of the programme members will be able to describe the key components that make organisations run, the responsibilities of company directors and charitable trustees, and describe their input in the process of developing a live £8m heritage project within its community.

What is the time commitment?

We will have 6 meetings over 6 months, each will be a 2 hour session where you will learn about the theory of governance and put this into practice working alongside trustees and project managers exploring areas such as: the design of the house and grounds restoration, the development of community activities, or how to tell the stories of Highbury and the Chamberlains for the ‘visitor attraction’ experience.

There will be opportunities to take part in further events and sub projects if you wish – but we have a minimum commitment to attend in person the 6 monthly evening meetings running from January – June.

Course days 1st Monday of the month at 6pm-8pm – First session January 9th 2023

Key Learning Areas:

  • How to make decisions and analyse information.
  • What are the legal responsibilities of company directors and charity trustees?
  • Working with consultants and project managers on a live project in Birmingham.
  • What are the external factors that impact your ability to make decisions including sustainability and finances?
  • Thinking creatively to contribute the success of a project.
  • Entrepreneurial thinking
  • Leadership and teamwork

Apply now

For further questions contact Lucy or Rose