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Train Your Peers
The Association for Volunteer Administration will hold its International Conference on Volunteer Administration in Cincinnati, OH, October 15-18, 2003. They are currently seeking proposal for workshops and seminars at that event. If you are interested in training your peers this is the opportunity. Information on submitting proposals can be found at the AVA Web site. http://www.AVAintl.org The proposals are due December 13, 2002.
Things to Consider in Planning a Training Session
Training sessions that excite volunteer learners,
provide information that "sticks," and are fun are
no accident. When you plan a training session here are some things
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Volunteer Program Evaluation Series Announced
MBA Publishing, the owner of Volunteer Today,
announced in November the launch of a new online series to aid
volunteer managers in evaluating theirprograms. The Volunteer
Program Evaluation Series (VPES) begins with four evaluations;
Recruitment, Organizational Readiness, Volunteer and Staff Relations,
and Risk Management. For a small fee subscribers can download
an evaluation instrument designed to help assess a program and
make plans for future improvements.
The Volunteer Program Evaluation Series will
eventually have over 25 separate evaluation tools to assess all
aspects of volunteer program management for nonprofits, government
based programs, and corporate volunteer programs. The nine authors
are a line-up of experts noted world wide for their training
and consulting skills, and experience across the field of volunteerism.
Tips to Scribe
Save A Tree: Agendas that are Fun
Agendas are essential to effective training.
Adults want to know the schedule, when breaks occur and what
is coming up next. The agenda most often appears in the form
of a handout or overhead transparency. There is another way to
do an agenda for a training class.
COLLEGE PROGRAMS ON NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT
Close to 200 colleges and universities offer academic programs on nonprofit and volunteer sector management. They are usually master's degree programs, but not always. American Humanics sponsors undergraduate programs, as well. If you are looking to push out the professional development window, consider taking a course at one of these colleges. A full list resides at http://pirate.shu.edu/~mirabero. Thank Roseanne Mirabella, of Seton Hall University for keeping up with this list.
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