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~ October 2006 ~ Topics

Youth Service America Seeks Presenters for the 2006 Youth Service Institute
Volunteer Management Training

ARNOVA Meets in Chicago
Registry for Volunteer Manager Associations Announced
COVAA Deadline November 15
State Farm Good Neighbor Service Learning Grants

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Youth Service America Seeks Presenters for the 2006 Youth Service Institute

Youth Service America (YSA) is pleased to issue the attached Call for Presenters (CFP) for the 2006 Youth Service Institute: Building the Movement. The Youth Service Institute will focus on four target areas of service and service-learning success;

  • Engaging children and youth effectively;
  • Scaling up and managing your program;
  • Developing inclusivity by engaging youth not normally asked to serve (disadvantaged youth, youth in foster care, youth with disabilities, younger children, etc.);
  • Creating sustainability by developing community and financial support.

YSA is looking for presenters to share innovative and successful approaches that address one or more of these components. The Call for Presenters deadline is October 13, 2006. For more information, please contact Cassandra Miller at cmiller@ysa.org.

Volunteer Management Training

Washington State University is offering, for the second year, its Volunteer Management Institute. It is a comprehensive, practical look at all aspects of managing volunteers from assessing the needs to evaluating the results. The VMI Institute attracts students from across the globe in a highly interactive experience that translates theory into practical application. The event is being held in eastern Washington, November 7 – 10, 2006. For more information visit http://emmps.wsu.edu/volunteer/index.html.

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ARNOVA Meets in Chicago

Have you managed volunteers for years? Are you looking for a different conference experience? Join other practitioners, academics, and students at the annual conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action. Learn what is new in the field. Hear research on aspects of volunteering, like motivation. Rub shoulders with those who study volunteerism. November 16 – 18, 2006 at the Marriott in Chicago. Fee for non-members includes a year's membership in ARNOVA. For more information go to http://www.arnova.org.

Registry for Volunteer Manager Associations Announced

VRM Roundtable has a new feature on its site. It is a registry for associations of volunteer managers, sometimes referred to as DOVIA's. A local, regional, or state association can post the information about their group, and update it without assistance from the VRM Roundtable folks. It is an alphabetical listing, but is searchable by state, as well as other criteria.

The VRM Roundtable team has also created a site for questions from the field. It is an FAQ site, where questions are answered by the Leadership Team and then posted for others to view. You can check out these services at http://www.vrm-roundtable.org.

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COVAA Deadline November 15

The Congress of Volunteer Administrator Associations is being held December 4 – 6, 2006 in Denver, CO. COVAA is a first-ever convening of official representatives of existing associations of volunteer program managers throughout the United States. These groups are sometimes called DOVIA's.

This two-day meeting is structured to allow participants to discuss such things as (the following is just a possible list):

What are existing associations already doing well and don't need a national organization to do for them? What might a national organization provide that is value-added?

What might a "congress" of associations permit existing groups to do together? Is the "congress" model the best choice for moving forward?

How might a "congress" encourage the formation of new associations in geographic areas without such a group now?

What might be the interrelationship between a national "congress" and local associations?

The conference is being held at the Warwick Hotel and registration is $50. A full conference schedule and details about registration can be found at the COVAA web site http://www.covaa.org/.

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State Farm Good Neighbor Service Learning Grants

Youth Service America and State Farm Companies Foundation are offering service learning grants of $1000 to youth, teachers, or school-based Service-Learning Projects to implement projects for National and global Youth Service Day, April 20-22, 2007. Applications and more information on the grant are available at: http:/www.YSA.org/ or email: GoodNeighbor@ysa.org. The deadline for these grants is Monday, October 16, 2006.

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