How can we continue to evolve as catalysts for positive change, fulfill our roles as program directors of our secondary agricultural education programs and provide more quality one-on-one instruction for our students? I believe there is opportunity in engaging more volunteers and/or stakeholders in our program.
The recent issue of Time Magazine focused on "How Service can Save Us!" I was reading it on my return trip from the amazing Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators Conference. The article listed four websites that I thought might have potential for secondary agricultural educators to utilize to expand their human resources for their programing.
The community-service search engine offers a mobile app to link volunteers to local nonprofits and grassroots organizations.
Dedicated to promoting service among children and teens, the site grants $1 million each year to youth-led projects
More than 93,000 nonprofits recruit millions of volunteers through this outfit.
Catchafire matches professionals' skills with what volunteer organizations need most.
Of course, there is great responsibility to successfully implement volunteers. One must be able to articulate the clear vision of what is to be accomplished and the specific educational outcomes that are targeted.
If you decide to try to utilize any of these services and increasing the number of volunteers in your program (both help your students and potentially expanding the agricultural literacy of your volunteers), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how it goes!