This publication provides an analysis of key legal issues regarding young people under the age of 18 who serve on boards of directors, but it should not be used as a substitute for the advice of attorneys. The organization which published this analysis, Youth on Board, assists young people and adults to think differently about each other so that adults and youth can work together to change our communities. This publication is not a comprehensive overview of the laws governing nonprofit organizations and youth or a how-to guide on youth governance. Although it covers legal issues surrounding youth in governance, it does not cover the critical steps to supporting and maintaining youth involvement. For that information, please consult Youth on Board's publication 14 Points: Successfully Involving Youth in Decision Making. Youth on Board helps bridge this gap between adults and youth by providing practical information, training, support, and opportunities for them to build a relationship -- the all-important "how-to's" that can be key to the success of young people as community leaders.