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~ June 2007 ~ Topics

Volunteer Management Institute in Spokane, WA
Guide for Museum Volunteering
Corporation Releases Two Studies
Missouri Grows Youth Entrepreneurs

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Volunteer Management Institute in Spokane, WA

Washington State University offers its Volunteer Management Institute for managers of volunteers in Spokane, WA, November 6-9, 2007. This certificate program is the face-to-face version of the online Volunteer Management Certificate Program (http://www.capps.wsu.edu/vmcp/). Designed to accommodate beginning managers, as well as those with more experience it is an in-depth look at the new forms of volunteering and how to manage the episodic and traditional volunteer. For more information visit the Web site (address to come soon).


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Guide for Museum Volunteering

The American Association of Museum Volunteers (AAMV) Board of Directors announces the publication of, Transforming Museum Volunteering: A Practical Guide for Engaging 21st Century Volunteers. This new book, written by noted museum author Ellen Hirzy and published by AAMV, is a tool for museums and cultural institutions of all types and sizes who wish to leverage the talents and skills of 21st century volunteers. Museum volunteerism has changed in recent years to encompass a broader range of people who have many different interests, backgrounds, and even availability. The book contains 125 pages of practical information, sample forms, resources, and a toolkit for engaging 21st Century volunteers.

The book can be purchased at http://www.authorhouse.com for $29.95. Visit http://www.aamv.org for more information for members.

AAMV is the only national association representing over 400,000 volunteers in all categories of museums and cultural institutions. To learn more about AAMV, visit http://www.aamv.org.


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Corporation Releases Two Studies

The Corporation for National and Community Service has an active research department. In recent months they have released two studies of interest to managers of volunteers.


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Missouri Grows Youth Entrepreneurs

University of Missouri Extension has developed a Youth Enterprisers program that engages VISTA volunteers with youth serving agencies, schools, or local organizations in developing entrepreneurial project for young people. It helps youth turn projects into marketable products, capitalizes on youthful energy, helps stabilize incomes, and can help prevent the migration of youth from communities, especially those in rural areas. Information on this project can be found at http://4h.missouri.edu/go/programs/vista. While the sponsor for the program is 4-H, sources close to the program assure Volunteer Today that it is applicable in a wide variety of settings.


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