Young Women Class Presidency Leadership Training Handouts

I made these handouts for the bishopric to use when they issue calls to new young women class presidency members.  We have found that often class presidencies and parents do not understand the expectations for their calling, so I created these files to help young women and parents understand what their assignment entails.

There are three Class Presidency Leadership Training Handouts, each describing one of the callings: class president, class secretary, and class counselor.  There’s a section on ministering, administering, meetings to attend, and training.

NOTE: There are a couple of items in here that are specific to our unit, like the 6-month planning meeting.  You can always edit the .odt or .docx file and cut that part out (or start holding the six-month planning meetings — it’ll change your life!).

**Downloads at the bottom of the page.

Young Women Class Presidency Information Sheets

Young Women : Class President

 

Ministering

  • Watch over and fellowship class members, especially those who are new members or less active and those who have disabilities or other special needs.
  • Pray for class members, spend time with them, and become genuine friends.
  • Help class members establish close friendships, learn leadership skills, and live the gospel.
  • Welcome each young woman as she joins your class.
  • Support class members’ efforts in the Personal Progress program.
  • Encourage class members to attend Seminary.

Administrative

Responsibilities

    • Hold regular class presidency meetings.
    • Conduct Sunday meetings as assigned.
    • Laurel president only:  Conduct BYC as assigned. Conduct mutual opening exercises as assigned.
    • Help plan activities, including Mutual and New Beginnings.
  • Work with your class secretary to plan an agenda for class presidency meeting
  • Ensure that the roll is taken by your class secretary each Sunday and turned in to the Young Women secretary

Meetings to Attend

    • Class presidency meetings, usually held monthly, time/location is planned  by the class president, your counselor, and advisor
    • Bishop’s Youth Committee meetings, usually held monthly in the Bishop’s office, time changes with meeting schedule
    • 6-month planning meeting, held before the Sunday morning session of general conference in April and October, location will be announced
  • Sacrament, Sunday School, and Young Women meetings
  • Mutual

Other

  • You share special responsibilities with your counselors to minister to the young women in your class. This means you are responsible to help class members feel the Savior’s love.   Please be alert to the needs, concerns, and trials of those in your class, and look for ways to help.  You will work closely with your counselors and leaders to reach out in love to those who may be struggling. Please pay careful attention to those who are not present at mutual or Sunday meetings, and find out why they are missing.
  • Class presidents have administrative responsibilities.  You will conduct meetings, including class presidency and Sunday opening exercises. You will plan and carry out awesome mutual activities!  You will help meetings run smoothly by working with your secretary to make an agenda.  You will help the secretary keep track of who attends Young Women each Sunday.
  • Teaching: You may be invited teach part or all of a Sunday lesson in cooperation with your leaders.
  • During class presidency meeting, you may be invited to visit others or plan, implement, and purchase items for activities.  Be considerate of your family and their schedule, finances, or needs when accepting assignments.
  • Remember to bring a snack when you attend BYC.

Training

To understand your responsibilities fully, please go home and carefully read Church Handbook of Instructions, Book 2, Sections:

  • 10.3.5 and 10.3.6 – Class presidencies and secretaries
  • 10.4.5 – Class presidency meeting
  • 10.8.1, 10.8.3 – Mutual, New Beginnings
  • 18.2.9 – Bishop’s youth committee meeting

Please also read and familiarize yourself with standards in the booklet For the Strength of Youth.

The Church Handbook of Instructions is available for download in your Gospel Library App or at LDS.org.

Training videos are available at:
https://www.lds.org/callings/young-women/leader-resources/teaching-leadership-skills

 

Young Women : Class Counselor

 

Ministering

  • Watch over and fellowship class members, especially those who are new members or less active and those who have disabilities or other special needs.
  • Pray for class members, spend time with them, and become genuine friends.
  • Help class members establish close friendships, learn leadership skills, and live the gospel.
  • Welcome each young woman as she joins your class.
  • Support class members’ efforts in the Personal Progress program.
  • Encourage class members to attend Seminary.

Administrative

Responsibilities

  • Hold regular class presidency meetings.
  • Conduct Sunday meetings as assigned.
  • Laurel counselors only:  Conduct mutual opening exercises as assigned.
  • Help plan activities, including Mutual and New Beginnings.

Meetings to Attend

    • Class presidency meetings, usually held monthly, time/location is planned  by the class president, your counselor, and advisor
    • 6-month planning meeting, held before the Sunday morning session of general conference in April and October, location will be announced
  • Sacrament, Sunday School, and Young Women meetings
  • Mutual

Other

  • A counselor assists her president by using her intellect, experience, and spiritual gifts to make suggestions that help class presidents minister and administer effectively.  Speak up and share every idea, but support a president’s decision even if it’s not the one you would have made.
  • Always be on the look out for great mutual activity ideas!
  • You may be invited teach part or all of a Sunday lesson in cooperation with your leaders.
  • If the class president is unavailable, you may be invited to attend the Bishop’s Youth Committee meeting.
  • During class presidency meeting, you may be invited to visit others or plan, implement, and purchase items for activities.  Be considerate of your family and their schedule, finances, or needs when accepting assignments.

Training

To understand your responsibilities fully, please go home and carefully read Church Handbook of Instructions, Book 2, Sections:

  • 10.3.5 and 10.3.6 – Class presidencies and secretaries
  • 10.4.5 – Class presidency meeting
  • 10.8.1, 10.8.3 – Mutual, New Beginnings
  • 18.2.9 – Bishop’s youth committee meeting

Please also read and familiarize yourself with standards in the booklet For the Strength of Youth.

The Church Handbook of Instructions is available for download in your Gospel Library App or at LDS.org.

Training videos are available at:
https://www.lds.org/callings/young-women/leader-resources/teaching-leadership-skills

Young Women : Class Secretary

 

Administrative Responsibilities

    • Compile and review attendance information and submit it to the Young Women secretary each month.                       
    • Consult with the class presidency to prepare agendas for presidency meetings.
  • Attend class presidency meeting, take notes, and keep track of assignments.
  • You may be invited to help class presidencies and Young Women leaders plan activities.

Meetings to Attend

    • Class presidency meetings, usually held monthly, time/location is planned  by the class president, your counselor, and advisor
    • 6-month planning meeting, held before the Sunday morning session of general conference in April and October, location will be announced
  • Sacrament, Sunday School, and Young Women meetings

Other

  • As a secretary, you are an assistant to the class presidency, especially the class president. Your role is essential!  As you track attendance, take notes, and follow up on reminders and assignments, you make it possible for a class to run smoothly.  You make it possible for well-organized meetings to be held in a way that allows the spirit to be present.  Without you, ministering to young women is impossible.
  • Please keep careful notes of every class presidency meeting, and bring them to the next meeting.  Your president will rely on you to track assignments and help her remember important details.
  • Alert the class president when someone misses more than two classes or activities in a row.
  • You may be invited teach part or all of a Sunday lesson in cooperation with your leaders.
  • During class presidency meeting, you may be invited to visit others or plan, implement, and purchase items for activities.  Be considerate of your family and their schedule, finances, or needs when accepting assignments.

Training

To understand your responsibilities fully, please go home and carefully read Church Handbook of Instructions, Book 2, Sections:

  • 10.3.6 – Class secretary
  • 10.4.5 – Class presidency meeting

Please also read and familiarize yourself with standards in the booklet For the Strength of Youth.

The Church Handbook of Instructions is available for download in your Gospel Library App or at LDS.org.

Please talk with with the Young Women secretary for extra instruction on taking roll and how to work with your class president to make an agenda.  She can also help you make changes to the young women calendar and give tips on taking minutes at meetings.

Training videos are available at:
https://www.lds.org/callings/young-women/leader-resources/teaching-leadership-skills

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