We talked about our own volunteering experiences as children and what motivated each of us to volunteer. We also drew a picture of how we envisioned students being a part of our community. Then we held a fishbowl where we discussed the how to connect students with their communities and get them inspired.
- People you trust and love volunteering with you are encouraging you to volunteer
- Asking students forthright to give their time
- Student's need/desire to receive a scholarship for school and want to beef up their resume
- Ideas of what they could do in the future and how volunteering plays a part
- Seeing other people who have volunteered and what happened to them - finding the connections to their dreams
- Having mentors who encourage them to give their time
- Have an active leadership role in the project/program/etc.
- Having tasks that are the right size and tangible
Points brought up in discussion and Takeaways:
- Mentors need to be trained and work with mentor groups to learn how to be the best they can
- Younger generations should reach out to older generations for mentors
- Reverse mentorships where students mentor older generations
- Don't minimize the importance of a job or task
- Narrow the scope of tracking opportunities to make it easier for students
- Open source teaching allows for teachers to be more creative and innovative in a class
- Maintaining the connection between now and the future
- Offer solid incentives that your student demographic will appreciate
- Factor in proper support especially for the times that students will fail
- Continue to point out how inspiration and passion drive student's gift of time
Questions brought up in and since our breakout:
- How can cross-generational integration lead to motivating students?
- Does online forum reflection work just as well as in person reflection?
- What strategies do you use that get students more engaged?
I hope this was beneficial for all of you. I gained a great amount of knowledge and am excited to put it into action. Keep being awesome!