July is winding down and for many here in the U.S., it’s time to start thinking about kids going back to school. So what better time for volunteer coordinators to be thinking about engaging with youth volunteers?
For some organizations and volunteer coordinators, engaging with younger volunteers can be a challenge. Just like any group, they have their own perspectives and motivations. But unlike most any group, there are, of course, special considerations you should keep in mind when working with kids.
Here are a few select links to prime your thoughts around youth volunteerism and leadership. Enjoy!
Youth Volunteering Thoughts for Volunteer Coordinators
Whether you’re starting a youth volunteer program or want to make sure you’re coving all your bases, download a copy of the Institute of Community Directors (Australia) — Create a child safe organization with our Child Safety Toolkit — https://www.communitydirectors.com.au/childsafetytoolkit
Check out activities, events and tip sheets for National Student Volunteer Week 13-19 August 2018. Lots of great ideas that can be replicated anywhere and anytime. — http://nationalstudentvolunteerweek.org.au/
We ask – will robots replace volunteers and interns? Beth’s Blog — Will Robots (and bots) Replace Nonprofit Staff and Interns in the Workplace? — http://www.bethkanter.org/chatbots-professionals/
Youth volunteers are like any community where it’s imperative that we work horizontally to get the best engagement and input. Bottom Up Community Development — https://sustainingcommunity.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/bottom-up/