Volunteer Training

Training Needed

We need to ensure the safety and well-being of participants in Swenson College Outreach activities, therefore it's important that all of our volunteers receive the appropriate training.

We've done our best to make the process as straightforward and convenient as possible, so many of the steps can be done in your own time.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Allow ~2 hours total for training and be sure to complete all training at least a week before your event.

Here are the first steps to volunteering with Swenson College Outreach:

  1. Read the following presentations: a) Representing You and Your College, b) Youth Safety in Online Environments (more details in presentation notes), c) Youth Engagement Best Practices (more details in presentation notes)

  2. Complete the online Outreach Survey summarizing key points from the presentations

  3. Print, fill out and sign the Volunteer Release and Agreement Form.  Email to [email protected]

  4. You will need to complete Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training. You will receive an email from Susana Pelayo-Woodward with a link to the training after completing #2 above. Note: There may be a delay in assessing this training. Plan on taking it when it is available to you. Let us know if you have already completed this training through a freshman seminar

  5. Complete the reflection questions after training

  6. Meet to discuss reflection questions and any volunteering specific info. Please email SCSE outreach for a 30 minute zoom time that fits your schedule during office hours

                    Monday 8-9:30am [email protected] (Amy)

                    Tuesday 10am-12pm [email protected] (Helena)

                    Wednesday 10am-12pm [email protected] (Anna)

                    Thursday 2-4pm [email protected] (Helena)

                    Friday 10am-12pm [email protected] (Anna)

  7. Fill out the Completion of Outreach Training Survey

  8. Depending on your activity, you may be contacted by Outreach staff to schedule any additional training

Recommended information

  1. The Student Code of Conduct applies to any event you volunteer with for UMD. Visit the website for more information

  2. For more Safety of Minors information, read the online Safety of Minors Policy and the accompanying Health and Safety Requirements and Expectations for Programs Involving Minors (Appendix to Policy)

  3. The danger of a single story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an excellent reminder of how multifaceted we all are and the human tendency to oversimplify