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Developing your volunteering

If you’ve taken the previous two courses in the Inspiring Young People in STEM program, you will already have completed a personal development template and two self-audit tasks. In this step we look at how this course fits into the whole program to support your running of STEM activities, and prompt you to think about what you want to develop specifically over the next few weeks.

In the first course we looked at resources available to support practical activities and introduced you to diversity and being an inclusive volunteer. The second course helped you link your practical activity to the curriculum, working with educators and planning for a successful activity. This course is designed to improve your communication with young people and how to successfully run an activity session. The final course will guide you in gathering and using feedback to improve.

Program Map: 1. Resources - Start thinking about your activity. Find a resource (there are plenty available). Adapt if necessary. 2. Plan - It worked for someone else, but you’ll need to plan to make it a successful activity for your group. 3. Deliver - this course - Run the activity, communicate effectively with young people and keep them engaged. 4. Review - Use feedback from young people and educators to improve the activity and your volunteering.

Through this program we are keen to support you to develop your volunteering, including helping you set your own development goals. We’ve listed some areas that can aid your own personal and professional development by volunteering with STEM, as well as some other potential outcomes.

Your volunteering development

  1. Download the personal development template (Word) or review your existing plan.
  2. Rank the personal/professional development list from 1 to 7 in order of the areas you would most like to develop. 1 being the most important to you, 7 the least important to you.
  3. Thinking about the ‘other outcomes’, identify the two which resonate most closely with your motivation for volunteering.

If you have completed the first courses, you may wish to include your unanswered questions or topics you intend to explore further.

We would love to hear your personal development goals. You may have more suggestions of your own in addition to the personal development template. Please share your ideas in the comments section below.

We’ll revisit this template at the end of the course.

A PDF version of the template is also available.

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Inspiring Young People In STEM: Activities and Improving Communication

National STEM Learning Centre

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