As a teen-led organization, teens can run for and be elected to boards, where they acquire leadership skills and learn how to plan and run programming, delegate responsibility and communicate with peers and adults.
Every December at International Convention, USYers from across North America elect an International Executive Board (IEB) to represent them during the upcoming calendar year. Every member of the IEB has already served as a leader in USY in some other capacity, either regionally or internationally.
The International General Board (IGB) is chosen at the beginning of each calendar year by members of the International Executive Board (IEB). Members of the IGB support the goals and mission of their IEB counterparts, as well as implement projects of their own.
Members of Regional Executive Board represent their region. They are elected at the end of the school year.
Members of chapter boards represent their local chapter in the synagogue. They are elected throughout the year.
The USY constitution is the body of governing laws and principles by which USY is run. It was written by USYers, for USYers, and is amended by USYers as deemed appropriate.