ERIC Number: ED407153
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Light the Way for Kids: School Volunteer Resource Guide.
Wisconsin Public Television, Madison.; Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
When community members volunteer for young people, they forge pathways of knowledge and compassion, and gain a better understanding of the mission and challenges of the schools. Youth service-learning programs that give high school and middle school students the chance to work with younger students or on community projects also leave lasting impressions of the benefits of volunteering, the gift of self. This resource guide to help schools start or enhance their volunteer programs is distributed by Volunteer-A-Thon, a community outreach project of Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) The guide is in three parts. Part 1, "Volunteer-A-Thon Participation," gives an overview of the program, lists ideas for school participation in the program, and contains sample forms. Part 2, "Adult Volunteers in the School," presents a step-by-step process for starting a volunteer program, and includes a sample design and organization for a volunteer program. This section also provides guidelines for teachers' use of volunteers, suggests ways to give recognition to volunteers, lists ideas for family and retired persons volunteering, describes student mentoring and intergenerational programs, and outlines risk management. Part 3, "Youth Service-Learning," describes opportunities for student volunteerism, including the Learn and Serve American grants; core elements of effective service-learning activities; integrating service learning into the curriculum; outcomes of youth service-learning; and tips for organizing a youth service-learning program. Appendices include a family-community-school partnership project directory for Wisconsin and a checklist of practices and programs to encourage family and community support of children's learning. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Guides, Outreach Programs, Program Development, Resource Materials, School Community Relationship, Service Learning, Student Volunteers, Volunteer Training, Volunteers
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 125 South Webster Street, Madison, WI 52702; phone: 800-441-4563.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Public Television, Madison.; Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin