Community Engaged Learning- Volunteer Training Video

Community Engaged Learning- Volunteer Training Video


all of our programs all of our volunteer
opportunities do require that students get training before they go some
components have more in-depth training based on the partner as needs partners
needs but every single volunteer gets a training and the reason that we do that
is that we want students to be able to feel that comfort and that validation
that when they go into that experience that they do have tools in their
knapsack to be able to complete that program so we’re never expecting
students to go out and not understand what our expectations are we are very
clear in our expectations but ultimately we do want these experiences to be safe
spaces where they can fail where they can try something new where they can ask
questions and say I don’t know how to do that and then we explore and we can work
with them in order to find those solutions but that that training is such
a rich experience so that you feel that comfort and confidence in the fact that
you’re going to be going out into the community with some awareness from our
office about how to do the position that you’re going to be fulfilling if you don’t know about the Center for
student engagement you’re really missing a fun group of staff that are here to
support you and to develop you as a person for you to be encouraged to lead
projects in an environment that incorporates creativity that
incorporates fun that incorporates education it’s all of that and our name
says it all Center for student engagement we’re all about you and
empowering you to be your best self on this campus but also in the community
and hopefully in the world the thing that drove me to volunteer was
specifically to work on myself I think because I’m a person that always wanted
to give back to the community I’ve always been super grateful to the
experiences you get the University and I always feel very happy seeing other
people smile and getting to see a lot of those opportunities for volunteering is
a great experience so I wanted to try something completely
different initially starting out with the social innovation project I had
never done anything in relating to that at all so I thought maybe it’d be a good
way to enhance my skills and maybe learn new skills, so yes I also learnt about product
management for example so now I’m actually interested in going into a
career in it and I never thought about it and I probably wouldn’t know about it
if I didn’t volunteer The thing about student engagement, what we do pretty well it’s like even like the
introverts like like me they were allowed, they allowed me to like still like
shine and like be able to develop myself and they told me like
wow you came in very quiet and shy like my supervisor Michele was telling me about it at like the end of the year she’s like yeah your project was very
successful like you worked through it so hard and like becoming a team leader this
year too like I felt like I was making mistakes and stuff like it doesn’t look
as big to the bigger whole picture the big side of it when you get the project done and
seeing the success that comes from it like it looks much better than it is Volunteering with the the CSE is a very
flexible opportunity they understand that your students and you have your
academic commitments but they’re also plenty of opportunities for you to get
involved it can be anywhere from like an hour a week or if you want to be more
involved it could be a couple of days of your schedule so the fact that they
offer a lot of flexible opportunities for you and there’s a whole variety as
well you might be a student that’s interested in something health-related
working with children or working with adults there are so many opportunities
for you that if you do a little bit of research find the one that resonates
with you it becomes more of a rewarding experience than any kind of task or
chore yeah anyone that is thinking about it I would say to take the leap it
was one of the most rewarding experiences that I’ve had
I know I was nervous and apprehensive about getting into it I’m a mature
student so like I don’t know many people and it is hard to like kind of make
friends and to get to people and this is a great way to do that it’s also for
many reasons just a really good thing to do for yourself and for your community
so whatever your reasons are if they’re selfish and you just want to put it back on your you know applications for grad school like that’s okay I might
turn it to something else if you just feel like you want to give back your
time it’s a great way to do that too and you don’t only get to know like great
students but you look at to know your faculty members be part of community events A lot of people say they don’t have time and that’s what I also said in the beginning
but for example take alternative reading week it’s three days out of your reading week
that’s nothing you can just come out volunteer and if you don’t like it then
maybe it isn’t for you or maybe it’s not the experience for you but if you like
it like me you might end up doing this for four years or even more Our programs are open to any and all
students of UTM that’s all the way from maybe your first day in orientation week
we have a community engagement component so that allows students to experience
what community engagement is as a part of orientation all the way up to grad
school and postdoc for any student who wants to be involved and give back to
their community all of our programs are completely inclusive and we are always
open to feedback accessibility requirements needs requests in order for
any student to feel like they can be a part of our programs and feel like they
can be supported by participating in these programs and that’s a really core
value of our office is making sure that all students feel not only welcome but
also that they can thrive in these experiences no matter what space place
time or accommodation that they need we’ll be there

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