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Volunteer Workshop Promotes Working with Youth

Posted March 4th, 2010 by staff

On February 6, over 30 OSU students attended the first in what will be a quarterly series of workhops aimed at those interested in working and volunteering with youth.  Representatives from four youth outreach programs (SMILE, KidSpirit, 4-H and the Office of Precollege Programs) came together to create and deliver the Saturday session to help inspire, engage, and prepare more OSU undergraduate and graduate students to volunteer with the over 40 precollege programs on campus and build students’ “bag of tricks” when working with kids.

Attendees took part in three different modules: Facilitating Group Dynamics, Expectations of a Professional Volunteer, and Safe Kids, Safe Spaces.  A pizza lunch was provided and a raffle and Beaver-colored balloons contributed to the festive atmosphere.  Students were overwhelmingly positive about the workshop, with one participant noting “The staff were friendly and engaging and presented material with charisma. All around a good time.” and another exclaiming “It’s so worth my Saturday!”  Stay posted for information on more workshops happening during spring term!

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