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~ September 2007 ~ TopicsProfessional Development Opportunity Available To You
Baby Boomers-What You Need to Know
Professional Development Opportunity Available To You
Managing a volunteer program requires professional skills. People who manage volunteers are professionals, with standards for performance, academic research on the field of work, and a body of research and practice literature. There are two associations to meet the needs of managers of volunteers, the Congress of Volunteer Association Administrator (COVAA) and the Association of Volunteer Resource Managers (AVRM).
DEFINITIONS OF PROFESSIONAL
Professional: (1) of or belonging to or connected with a professional; (2) having or showing the skill of a professional; competent; (3) engaged in a specified activity as one's main paid occupation.
Synonyms: trained, practiced, veteran, experienced, qualified, licensed, official, seasoned, competent, able, skilled, expert, master, adept, efficient, authoritative, businesslike, specialist, proficient.
Professionalism (1) the qualities or typical features of a profession or of professionals.
WHAT PROFESSIONALS HAVE IN COMMON
AVRM is hosting a conference in Dallas
to train professionals who manage volunteer programs. If you are new to
the field of managing volunteers or an experienced leader in this field
you need to consider attending this dynamic conference. Great speakers,
trends in volunteering, and practical sessions on everything from working
with a board to recruiting techniques. For more information
Interested in more information? Check out our online bookstore for: Episodic Volunteering: Organizing and Managing the Short-Term Volunteer Program, (now available in downloadable PDF format) by Nancy Macduff and The One Minute Answer to Volunteer Management Questions, by Mary Kay Hood.
Volunteers are not always near the people responsible for supervising them. Here are some tips to lead to more effective supervision of those volunteers. If you are already supervising distance volunteers, use this as a checklist to determine if some areas need a bit more help.
Baby Boomers-What You Need to Know
The post-World War II Baby Boom generation profoundly impacts public policy and society. This impact is caused by the sheer numbers of people in this generation, and the coincidence of important events and developments in the society as a whole. (A general Cohort is defined by demographers as "a group of people, born over a relatively short and contiguous time period, and that is deeply influenced and bound together by the events of their formative years.")
Baby Boomers are those people born between 1946 and 1964. Seventy-five million babies were born in the U.S. during that time. In 1996, 46% of this group were from between 41 to 50 years of age.
Demographers divide Boomers into two Cohorts: The first half of the generation was born between 1946 and 1954. (There were 3.5 million births per year during this time.) The second half, commonly called "Generation Jones," was born between 1955 and 1964. (There were 4.2 million births per year during this time.) Until this point, births per year were less than 3 million per year.
Based on historic participation, the demand for employment services by older workers will increase over the next twenty years.
In 2005, the first of the Baby Boomers turned 60.
By 2015, all Baby Boomers will be over age 50.
In 2025, there will be 65 million Baby Boomers, ranging in age from 61 to 79.
Baby Boomers have had a higher participation in the work force than previous generations. For example, in 1985, boomers were between 21 and 39 years of age--with an 82% work participation rate. Compared to 74% for 21 to 39 year olds in 1974. There has been an especially large increase in the numbers of women in the work force since 1970.
In contrast to earlier generations, women Boomers have delayed marriage and childbearing. Also they have fewer children.
72 - 76% of boomers aged 25-44 had children: 50% were in single-earner households. In 1959, people aged 25 - 44 were married at very high levels--84 - 86%.
In 1900, 92% of women married. By the 1960's and 1970's, only 80% of women married.
The Baby Boom generation has done better economically than their parents' generation. Sometimes the income of the Boomer was 53% higher than that of their parents.
Baby Boomers are the most well educated generation in history. In 1960 3/5ths of the population of 25 - 29 year-olds had a high school diploma. By 1990, 4/5ths of the 25 - 29 year-olds had completed high school. In addition, 25 percent had completed four years of college.
25 - 30% of Baby Boomers have four or more years of college. 11 - 13% do not have a high school diploma.
Family life for Boomers, as reflected in TV families:
Which celebrity deaths have most affected the Baby Boomers?
Symbols of the Baby Boom in Suburbia:
References: The Aging Baby Boom: Implications for Employment and Training Programs, by Stacy Poulos and Dementra Smith Nightingale for the Urban Institute and Prime Time: How Baby Boomers Will Revolutionize Retirement and Transform America, by Marc Freedman, 1999, Public Affairs, New York
DAILY POINTS OF LIGHT AWARD FORMS AVAILABLE
The Points of Light Foundation has forms available to nominate volunteers and volunteer organizations for the Daily Points of Light Award. It is designed recognize individuals and groups that demonstrate unique and innovative approaches to community volunteering and citizen action, with a strong emphasis on service focused on the goals for children and young people set by the Presidents Summit for American's Future. The award is given five days a week, excluding holidays. If you would like nomination forms, call 202-729-8000.
By calling 1-800-VOLUNTEER in the U.S., individuals can be connected to their local volunteer center. This is a national interactive call routing system designed to get volunteers connected to people who can help them volunteer.
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