| Volunteer Training and Professional
The Training page for Volunteer Today has historically focused on tips for trainers. Each issue will now have information on some aspect of professional development for managers of volunteers and some articles on how to be a better trainer of volunteers. The author of this page, Nancy Macduff, is open to ideas and suggestions from readers on what might be useful information in the area of professional development. You can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ October 2007 ~ Topics
BET-A Recognition Tool
Volunteers serve as supervisors of other volunteers at events, in episodic tasks, and for new comers. A recognition technique that is simple and easy to remember is desirable for those who oversee the work of others. Here is a quick exercise to teach those volunteer supervisors that recognition can be simple.
We now have downloadable books available in PDF format. Check out our online bookstore for Handling Problem Volunteers by Steve McCurley and Sue Vineyard now available electronically.
Using Appropriate Language
Trainers need to be especially sensitive to the language used in training sessions. Offend a learner by the use of a slur or racial sterotype, and you have lost them for the rest of the training. Here are some fast tips to serve as a reminder of the need for attention to language.
Volunteer Management Training Opportunities
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://tltc.shu.edu/npo/. Thank Roseanne Mirabella, of Seton Hall University for keeping up with this list.
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