The Student Volunteer
We were so lucky to host Tyler Sinke from Mohawk College for a session on the experience of the post-secondary student volunteer.
Great things happening in Hamilton, Ontario! The key takeaways for organizations looking to engage with this demographic are:
Get to know the school in your area… they can look different and have varied specialties which may or may not align with the work your organization does. There will be a student life human there who will be interested in building an authentic relationships and connection. So, reach out and see what can happen!
Pre-emptively address barriers that students face; provide transportation, give out meals and snacks, vary the time commitments, maps, prioritize community belonging and fulfilling roles.
Most students live by the post-secondary school calendar semesters, consider that when establishing your roles.
During pandemic times lots of students missed out on co-op and work placements so opportunities that align to careers goals are interesting along with providing a letter of recommendation and/or references.
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