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Board of Directors

Board of Directors 

About Us

H.Y.P.E. to Empower, Inc. aims to transform the lives of children, youth, young adults, families, and communities living with HIV. H.Y.P.E. is an HIV services and youth advocacy organization charged with building and growing programs that empower youth to succeed individually and to become leaders in order to transform the lives of children, youth, young adults, families, and communities living with HIV. 

H.Y.P.E. envisions empowered youth who live sustainable lifestyles accomplished through the mentoring and cultivating of individuals to better manage personal health, finances, and social responsibilities. H.Y.P.E. will equip individuals who enter it’s programs with the educational and personal capacities to be leaders in their communities and to advocate for themselves and for others living with HIV. 

The H.Y.P.E. team is currently made up of Founder and Executive Director, LaMar Yarborough a young, gay, black male, who was diagnosed with HIV on his 19th birthday now 26, and cancer later that year in December of that same year. H.Y.P.E.’s team is made of a working Board of Directors, and skills-based volunteers. Together they are building a suite of programs to serve young people living with HIV in the Atlanta and Metro area.

Work Description

  Board members guide the direction and future of the organization and are the foundation of the organization. Because we are currently still in the strategic planning phase of development, we are seeking Members with a wide range of expertise,  skills, and time to help advance H.Y.P.E.'s mission and vision as we move into a period of growth and expansion. 

Depending on the agenda and task of the board time could very for commitment. 


Information Related to The Job Description:

  • By law this position is unpaid. 
  • Volunteer Board of Directors positions allows flexible work schedules and the opportunity to work remotely, if available.

Job Responsibilities



Establish long term and short term goals for H.Y.P.E. to Empower Inc. Identifies and prioritizes needs and what the organization should or should not attempt to do. Develop a strategic plan that incorporates H.Y.P.E.'s mission statement and purpose. Develop the overall vision for the organization.

Board Governance:

Define the board's philosophy and how it governs itself and the board's own operations. Ensure that the organization and its officer's exhibits exceptional integrity and professionalism. Promote and participate in a climate of mutual trust, respect, and teamwork. Use good judgement based on ethical principles.

Organizational Governance and Action:

Assures that organization cooperates with other groups, governmental and voluntary, which are working towards the same or similar goals. Encourages creative and forward-thinking methods and policies to achieve goals. Adopt key operating policies. Ensure that constituents are adequately served and that they receive care.

Committee Oversight:

Recruit effective Committee Chairs. Establish committees that focus on areas of substantial importance to the organization. Monitor and coordinate Committee Activities and ensure progress. Provide adequate resources for committees.

Funding and Financial Management:

Contribute financially to the organization. Raise sufficient funds to ensure Hype meets its objectives. Develop and approve the organization annual budget and monitor finances. Develop and implement fundraising initiatives. Cultivate donors.


Understand and publicize the work of H.Y.P.E. to Empower Inc. in the community. Inspire confidence in the organization and relate our services to work of other groups and to the significant issues that may be present in the community. Advocate initiatives that advance the revitalization of H.Y.P.E. to Empower Inc. with government, businesses and individuals. Offer inspiring, dedicated, and knowledgeable leadership to contributors, intended beneficiaries, the public, and those that rely on Hype for service.


Regularly review and evaluate operations and standards of organization performance. Monitor program activities. Review the performance of the board as a whole and that of each individual on the board.


Hire and evaluate volunteers and other staff workers. Formulates job qualifications and select the best persons available for positional needs. Approve personnel policies. Participate in the recruitment, selection and development of Board of Directors as advised by the nominating bylaws. Establishes procedures for the selection of new board members and their orientation and training.

Legal and Policy:

Enable the continued legal existence of the organization. Ensure H.Y.P.E. fulfils all legal requirements in conduct. Adopt, follow, update and administer H.Y.P.E. to Empower Inc. By-Laws

Adopt and assume responsibility for H.Y.P.E. to Empower Inc.'s purposes, governing principles, functions and activities, and course of action. Assume responsibility for internal policies governing the organization.

Financial Responsibility:

Board dues. Board members of H.Y.P.E. to Empower, Inc. are each expected to make a monthly or quarterly gift. As a growing non-profit organization, we rely on the dedication and support of our board members. As with most boards, a financial contribution is usually requested to efficiently and successfully execute the operational task and efficiently and successfully run the organization.

Individual board members will acquire funding for the organization in the total amount of $2,000 at a minimum per year.

  • $720 cash per year (Personal contribution)
  • $1,280 in cash per year (Solicit funding)

Personal Contribution at a minimum:

  • $60 Monthly (12 x $60 = $720) or $180 Quarterly (4 x $180 = $720)

The financial contribution can be attained in multiple ways, but not limited to fundraisers, sponsorships, peer to peer, and board dues. Your dedication, challenging work, and connections will open doors for the organization that may result in financial contributions during the fiscal year and the completion of your $2,000 Give, Get board obligation to the organization.


Minimum Preferred Qualifications 

  • Ability to work independently
  • Detailed oriented
  • Well-developed communication skills 
  • Interest in HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ matters