Resume WritingShare Your Recognition Idea
In my volunteer program at the Philadelphia Family Court, we recognized
graduating student volunteers with a special seminar on resume writing.
It emphasized how they could describe their volunteer work as a credential
that would impress prospective employers or university admissions officers.
- Submitted by Susan Ellis, Energize, Inc.
|You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by
what you give.
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|Energize Volunteer Management Update
|January Hot Topic: "What's Ahead for 2009?"
In the spirit of the new year,
Susan considers what 2009 might hold in store for volunteering -- from actions
of the new Obama Administration in the US, to developments in our professional
associations, to the future of conferencing in our field. What are your
predictions and wishes?
Read this Month's Hot Topic
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training is truly an international option! All the featured topic resources are
available for a full month, 24/7, which means that you can be in any time zone
on the globe. Though the materials are in English, we make a conscious attempt to make our vocabulary and learning
examples as universal as possible. If we mention the United States, we also
comment on what the possibilities are elsewhere. So, if you understand and
enjoy this monthly Update from Energize, you should give Everyone Ready a
try. We already have learners from six countries, but the more the merrier!
issue of e-Volunteerism Honors Ivan
quarterly issue of e-Volunteerism: The Electronic Journal of the Volunteer
Community will be posted on January 15.
As announced, it will be devoted in its entirety to remembering and
honoring the life's work of volunteerism pioneer Ivan H. Scheier, who died on
October 6th. For many
readers, this may actually be an introduction
to Ivan's remarkable out-of-the-box thinking, which we think is a great
contents of the issue will be:
is still remarkably relevant. Judge for
yourself, and please respond with your own thoughts.
- A Points of View commentary by Steve McCurley and Susan Ellis on why Ivan is worth remembering and how else we should honor those who contribute to our field.
- Rick Lynch offers an article looking at Ivan's "people approach" in developing
volunteer work versus the usual paid work approach.
- An article on the "Challenge Think Tanks" that Ivan ran around the country for
over a decade, written by several colleagues who participated in these.
- The Research-to-Practice and Along the Web areas both assess materials by Ivan.
- The Training Design presents Ivan's famous "MiniMax" game.
- Voices from the Past offers an excerpt of a long
out-of-print booklet Ivan wrote in 1984 called Meanwhile...Back at the Neighborhood.
- The Keyboard Roundtable discusses an interesting article by Ivan called, "Volunteer Administration: A Continuing Misnomer?"
- Plus reminiscences and stories from a wide range of colleagues who sent the journal their thoughts in preparation for this issue.
|Susan's Tip of the Month: "Setting
Expectations with Student Volunteers' Teachers"
The new year is also the start of another academic semester, so it's
likely you will be welcoming a fresh batch of students into volunteer
roles. If the students have come to you
for a formal school purpose -- such as
to get academic credit for a course, write a research paper, or fulfill a
requirement for graduation -- there will undoubtedly be a faculty member with
whom they, and therefore you, will interact during the course of service.
It's a good
idea to schedule a meeting to clarify the expectations of the school or
particular teacher. These days you
might be receiving service-learning students from elementary school through
graduate studies, with different issues related to each age group. Consider
developing a mutual "roles and responsibilities" sheet with the faculty
member, to delineate descriptions of who will do what.
agreement on such points as:
such questions at the beginning will avoid confusing duplication of roles and
will establish good working relationships. Be aware that teachers and group
leaders may have unrealistic expectations of what your agency can offer student
volunteers. Listen to their requests, but feel free to set limits on what will
be possible. Your bottom line is service to your clients or consumers.
- What are the school's goals for the student's service and how do these align with the needs of the agency?
- Is the primary concern the number of hours logged in or completion of a project or work plan?
- Does the school prefer certain types of volunteer assignments or staff supervisors with specific credentials?
- What's the optimal balance between service and learning? Between observing and doing?
- How will responsibility for training and supervision be divided equitably and effectively between you?
- Will a faculty member expect to come on site periodically to see the student? What is needed from the agency staff during such visits? What might you want from the teacher?
- Will the teacher be conducting any "reflection" discussions in the classroom to help students learn from their experiences? Do you have a role to play in this process?
- How will you work together to enforce both agency and school rules?
- How often and how will you be in touch with each other during the semester?
- Will the student be graded for the work done in the agency or receive some sort of formal credit for time logged?
- Who assigns the grade, using what criteria?
- Do you need to keep any records to help the assessment process? Write a report or recommendation of any sort?
- What attendance records must you keep?
- If a student is not providing the agreed-upon hours of service, who will keep track and follow up? In other words, will the school do the enforcing?
- For students under the age of 18:
- Who will obtain parental permission and generally liaison with parents?
- Who supplies or reimburses student transportation?
- Deal with administrative questions, such as:
- Who is responsible/liable for insurance coverage of the students?
- Will there be an end date to the project or continuous coverage by a new class of volunteers?
- If the student wants to continue as a volunteer with your organization past the official placement period, how will the transition take place?
the faculty liaison will remain your point of contact over time so that you do
not have to renegotiate everything for each student who offers services.
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