Recruiting younger volunteers is made much easier as the ability to target a young person with particular skills is possible. For example, an agency that provides services to teenage mothers may find that monitoring a 3rd or 4th year social work student for six months is of great value not only to the agency, but the clients it serves. An agency that would like to "kick start" its fundraising program may benefit from a 4th year business administration student. The possibilities are limited only by what is available locally. Your local volunteer centre may place a particular emphasis on recruiting younger volunteers. If they currently do not, perhaps ask them why not!
Working with youth volunteers should be as rewarding and enjoyable an experience as working with adult volunteers. The primary keys to forming a positive relationship with your younger volunteers are:
1. Respecting the individual
2. Setting clear expectations
3. Facilitating reflection and learning
As Ben Franklin wrote: "You tell me and I forget, you teach me and I remember, you involve me and I learn."
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