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THINK Together Volunteer Orientation

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  • Optional – show TT video – .*Ice breaker – as group or in pairs depending on size of Orientation(10 min max)
  • Review components of our programs – whole child – focus on academic achievement – disguised learning.
  • This is what makes THINK Together a leader in our field.Does anything standout to you? What do you most look forward to doing? Review components of the program.Questions?
  • Welcome your volunteers, make a connection. Find out what their hobbies are?Introduce yourself and introduce them to the studentsYou are the main person that knows what your class needs, communicate that with your volunteer. They can assist with enrichment, academics, and CATCH – managing and supervisingThey can work with smaller groups for Test prep. or for students that need more support
  • Sub PL training next…Confirm next steps w/ each person in the on-boarding/induction training plan.
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    • 1. Welcome to the next generation of
      After-School
      “The ultimate expression of generosity is not in giving of what you have, but in giving of who you are.”
    • 2. Volunteer Orientation
      Agenda:
      Introduction
      Culture of Excellence
      Our Program
      Safety Policies
      Code of Conduct
      Dress code
      Tutoring tips
      Paper work
    • 3. Introduction
      What does THINK stand for ?
      Who are you?
      Who am I?
      What brought us together?
    • 4. Introduction
      Link to the Did You Know Video:
       
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL9Wu2kWwSY&feature=related
      THINK about it:
      How can we prepare students for the future?
      What does being a ‘learning organization’ mean?
    • 5. MISSION
      To provide high quality
      academically-oriented out-of-school programs
      to young people regardless of
      race, creed, or socio-economic status.
    • 6. VISION
      All children will receive the support they need from family, school and community to enable them to reach their full potential and become productive adults and responsible, contributing members of the community.
    • 7. School Support Ecosystem
      Saturday
      Programs
    • 8. THINK Together believes that by providing different programs, it can partner with schools to build an ecosystem of support around each school that more effectively boost student achievement.
      To accomplish this WE need YOUR HELP! The opportunity to accomplish this is before us. The question is, do we have the creativity and the will?
      School Support Ecosystem
    • 9. Culture Of Excellence
      Agreements
      Be Responsible
      Be Respectful
      Be Ready
      Have FUN!
      These four agreements are foundational for setting expectations and holding students, staff and volunteers to highest of standards.
    • 10. Initiative
      Servant Leadership
      Youth Focus
      Customer Focus
      Trustworthy
      Responsibility
      Teamwork
      Creativity
      Communication
      Problem Solving
      Culture of Excellence
    • 11. Program Focus
      Academics
      • Curriculum support, homework assistance, and project-based learning
      Enrichment
      • Visual and performing arts, technology and science
      Health and Recreation
      • Sports, physical activities, nutrition education and group games
      Youth Development
      • Leadership development, character education, healthy relationships
      & choices, and community service opportunities
    • 12. Program Highlights
      CTP Science
      (Core Technology Program)
      See, Touch, Discover, Learn
      Kids to College
      (Youth Development)
      Kidzlit
      (Reading and Literacy)
      C.A.T.C.H
      (Coordinated Approach To Children’s Health)
      Harvest of the Month
      (Health and Nutrition)
    • 13. THINK Volunteers
      Volunteers are essential to the success of THINK Together!
      Volunteers significantly reduce tutor-to-student ratios, thereby enhancing the quality of academic and enrichment programs
      The support and encouragement of our volunteers gives our students the motivation and tools they need to overcome their obstacles and reach their full potential
      THINK Together is proud to have 135,000 hours of volunteer service each year
      Volunteers leave a lasting impression!
    • 14. THINK Safety Policies
      Supervision of Students
      • THINK staff is responsible for the direct supervision of the program site. At no time are volunteers left alone with children, a paid staff member must be present within reasonable distance.
      • 15. Keep students within line of vision at all times. At any time you become aware of any violations of, or lack of compliance with these policies, please inform the Site Coordinator.
      Confidentiality
      • As Volunteers you may become aware of information during the course of your service that must be kept confidential.
      For example: financial data; student names, addresses, special needs; students’ parents’ personal and financial data; personnel information, etc.
      • The only instance in which a volunteer may break this policy is if a student’s health, safety, and/or well being are in danger. Any suspicion of neglect or sexual, physical, or emotional abuse should be reported immediately to the Site Coordinator.
    • THINK Safety Policies
      Restroom Policy
      • Volunteers are not to use restrooms designated for students. The Site Coordinator will identify restroom locations for volunteer use at the On-Site Orientation. Check with your Site Coordinator for specific restroom protocol at your site.
      Emergency Procedures
      • Accidents causing bodily harm are to be reported to the Site Coordinator, who will take proper care in following standard emergency procedures.
      • 16. Volunteers who themselves suffer a potentially serious injury should report to the Site Coordinator when it happens.
      • 17. Check with your Site Coordinator for safety training and evacuation procedures at your site.
      Diligence
      • Safety conditions largely derive from common sense and diligence related to behavior and work environment. Students must be supervised to play and study safely. Inappropriate running, climbing, game playing, pushing, et cetera must be stopped.
    • THINK Code of Conduct
      Appropriate language, manner, and conduct at the site are expected at all times. The following are examples of inappropriate conduct:
      Cursing, derogatory and offensive remarks
      Bullying, threatening comments or intimidating gestures
      Use or display of tobacco, sexual materials, drugs and alcohol
      Sexually oriented discussions, jokes, questions or gestures
      Relationships among all participants in the THINK Together After School programs must be maintained in a respectful and professional manner.
      Inappropriate physical contact and flirtatious behavior is unacceptable.
      Staff and volunteers are never to initiate physical contact with the students. Remember, some people do not like to be touched. Respect boundaries.
      For security purposes:
      All volunteers must sign in and out each time they attend the THINK Together program, indicating arrival and departure times. Please not sign-in procedures will vary at each site.
      All sites must wear a name/ I.D tag while at the site
      Regular volunteer attendance is important to consistently provide high quality services. Should you not be able to attend, please call the site coordinator as soon as possible.
    • 18. THINK Together Policies
      Dress Code
      • All THINK volunteers must dress professionally, use modest attire and closed-toe shoes
      Examples of unacceptable clothing:
      • Clothing that looks like sleepwear or work-out wear
      • 19. Transparent attire
      • 20. Skirts, shorts shorter than 2 inches above the knee
      • 21. Pants that expose underwear; baggy pants
      • 22. Hats or caps
      • 23. Flip-flop style shoes
      • 24. No visible tattoos
      • 25. No lip, mouth or eyebrow piercing jewelry. No plugs.
      • 26. Hair colors must be natural looking (e.g. no green, orange, purple, wildly streaked, etc.)
      • 27. Halter tops, spaghetti straps, tube tops or other tops that expose undergarments
      • 28. Shirts with inappropriate references to drugs, alcohol, sex other referenced deemed inappropriate for THINK together or School site
    • The Next Step!
      Make sure you complete our Online Application at www.thinktogether.org/Volunteers.htm
      Contact your nearest THINK Together Regional Office to complete your placement.
      Orange County Region:
      OCVolunteer@thinktogether.org or 714-543-3807
      Los Angeles County Region
      LAVolunteer@thinktogether.org or 562-236-3831
      Foothill (Azusa, Duarte, Ontario and Rancho):
      FHVolunteer@thinktogether.org or 909-983-4000
      Inland Empire Region
      IEVolunteer@thinktogether.org or 909-503-1070
    • 29. Welcome!