YWP-ZA Institutional Champions
If you are a motivated individual and are enthusiastic about getting into the water sector, you will make a great institutional champion. This role provides the opportunity to get more involved in YWP, associated organisations, and events. You can build skills for later in your career and more closely work with other water professionals. (It is also great for your CV!) What you get out of it will depend on what you put in...
The intention of the YWP Institution Champions initiative is to strengthen YWP links among organisations, increase committee capacity and encourage participation and awareness within institutions. Champions may be proposed or nominate themselves. Institutions may range from universities, science councils, government organisations, NGOs, community groups or corporations.
Champions have a few key roles to fulfil (this is non-exhaustive and can be expanded):
- Become the key YWP contact person within their institution to disseminate YWP information, announcements and encourage participation and membership. (This will also be great for networking opportunities and building skills.)
- Initiate/organise at least one YWP event a year for their institution and other YWPs. This can be a social event, a seminar, a tour, a professional development activity or another initiative. Feel free to get creative!
Champions will sit on the relevant YWP Provincial Committee in their individual Champion role but assume a non-executive role (you would not be voted onto the official committee but will add input, suggestions, and experience to the group. The Champion details will be added to the committee contacts and their activities added to the calendar.
Any individual who is interested in assuming an Institution Champion Role is welcome to contact their local Provincial Committee for more information.