More Like a Circle than A Pyramid:
The Governance Structure of Youth Initiative High School
The Youth Initiative High School corporation consists of three distinct yet interwoven sub-communities: the faculty, the parents, and, of course, the students. The structure of YIHS is not hierarchical but cooperative and each of these bodies shares equally in the rights and responsibilities of the corporation. Youth Initiative High School strives to have representatives from each of these groups on all of its committees and to work in cooperation and consensus in everything we do.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees oversees the legal and financial health of the school and works to ensure that the mission and values of YIHS inform the operations of the school. The Board of Trustees is populated by parents, students, faculty, and members of the community at large.
Questions and concerns regarding Board issues should be directed to Matthew Voz, President of the Board of Trustees.
The Finance Committee creates and manages the annual operating budget of the school. Part of the work of this committee also includes cooperating with families to adjust the amount of tuition for each student based on ability to pay.
Questions and concerns regarding Finance issues should be directed to Lars Bergan, Treasurer.
The Administrative Group oversees the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the school. Students play a very active role on this committee which schedules events, oversees student cleaning, and sets the behavioral standards for the school.
Questions and concerns regarding Administrative issues should be directed to Matthew Voz, School Administrator.
The Personnel Committee recruits, hires, and evaluates faculty and staff. Students and parents play an active role in hiring and firing decisions with an equal voice in all decisions.
Questions and concerns regarding Personnel issues should be directed to Matt Voz, Chair of the Personnel Committee
The Facilities Committee is tasked with the maintenance and cleanliness of the school building and works with the Board of Trustees to explore potential facilities locations.
Questions and concerns regarding Facilities issues should be directed to Missy Hughes, Chair of the Facilities Committee
The Sports Committee oversees and pursues sports opportunities for YIHS students, including our own athletic teams, cooperatives with area public schools, and interactions with local club teams.
Questions and concerns regarding Sports issues shoulc be directed to Paul Grenier, Chair of the Sports Committee
The Development Committee oversees student and parent fundraising efforts, solicits donations, manages the Matching Gift Circle, and works to create and promote a positive image of the school in the community and beyond through events, advertising, and other public relations.
Questions and concerns regarding Development issues should be directed to Shawn Lavoie, Development Director
The Curriculum Committee gives parents and students a voice in process that creates the content of their education. Along with the faculty, the Curriculum Committee sets the academic schedule for the year as well as planning school events such as theme week, the spring play, and the annual camping trip.
Questions and concerns regarding Curriculum issues should be directed to Jacob Hundt, Program Administrator
The Boarding Committee oversees and supports boarding students and host families while integrating them into the school community as a whole.
Questions and concerns regarding Boarding and Hosting issues should be directed to Bean Voz, Boarding Coordinator