Tools and Resources

Training Materials


Here are a few documents that will get your volunteers ready to mentor, collaborate, and successfully communicate with each other and with your clients. These tools help to build the foundations for successful leaders and interns and foster a team-oriented environment.

How to Mentor Strategies How to Collaborate Oral Communication Skills
"How to Mentor Strategies" highlights ten ideas volunteers should know in order to be effective mentors and foster healthy, professonal relationships.  "How to Collaborate" highlights the necessary characteristics of effective collaboration between volunteers and students and between volunteers. These characteristics are helpful for pairs and groups of volunteers and students. "Oral Communication Skills" highlights a few strategies to help volunteers successfully communicate with eachother and with their students through converstations and presentations.

 

Learning Activity Resources


Here are a few documents that will get you volunteers ready to prepare and plan existing lessons and create their own lessons and learning activities. These tools will help your volunteers take initiative on their own projects and develop the confidence to not only lead activities and take ownership of their experience.

Designing a Learning Activity Designing a Lesson Preparing and Planning an Existing Lesson
These two tools will help volunteers create their own simple learning activities. There is information about what should be included in a learning activity, as well as a template to help design a new activity from scratch. These two tools will help volunteers create their own lessons. There is information about what should be included in a lesson, as well as a template to help design a new lesson from scratch. This tool will help volunteers prepare and plan a lesson that already exists. 

 

Volunteer Assessment


Here are a few documents that will get you and your volunteers on the same page. Volunteers will be able to use these tools to reflect on their experience and their growth, and supervisors will be able to use these tools to assess the volunteer and determine if the volunteer is ready to move into a leadership or internship role.
 

How to Run Assessment Sessions
This document explains how to use the forms below, when it is suggested to use each form, who the form should be completed by, and the order in which each form should be completed in order to successfully run an assessment session. 
For Your UA Volunteers For Supervisors
Volunteer Pre-Assessment Teamwork Pre-Assessment Volunteer Reflection Observation of Volunteer One-On-One Evaluation

 

Daily Forms


Here are a few example documents that will get your volunteers thinking about their goals as a volunteer, an example homework log, and an example recommendation form. These tools are designed with tutoring/mentoring sessions in mind, but can be adapted to any type of general record keeping. 
 

Volunteer Goal Form Homework Log Recomendation Form
This form is specifically designed for volunteers to conceptualize their goals as a volunteer and help guide them through ways they can achieve their goals. This form not only serves as a way to keep track of what students accomplish during their homework hour, but as a conversation between the mentor and the mentee to ensure they are working together for the common goal of the student's success. This form is specifically for mentors/tutors who need to communicate with tomorrow's mentor about the mentee they worked with. This form will help volunteers coming in for the day understand what to expect from the mentee and where to begin their interaction.

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