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New Volunteer Opportunities Coming Soon
In light of the current circumstances, we are working hard to develop new virtual volunteer opportunities to work with students – including homework help, reading and more. We may also have future volunteer needs to collect and distribute supplies and books, deliver meals, and address other needs as they arise, all while practicing social distancing. Stay tuned for more information. If you are interested in participating, feel free to fill out the general volunteer application (select “Other” for the volunteer opportunity question), and we will get back to you as soon as we can!
Welcome to the Volunteer Academy! We believe continued learning is essential to the volunteer experience – giving you the tools to serve the Stars families well, process your experiences and continually grow and learn. All of our resources have been placed into 5 categories to help you find a resource specific to your current needs and experience. Click on any of the categories below to get recommendations, or select the full resource lists!
This is one of our favorite videos – a must see for anyone who ever has to interact with people.
Relational Development: All things regarding how to have a healthy relationship between volunteer and student.
Youth Development: Tools and practices to help students develop in a healthy way in all areas of their lives.
Race, Culture & Diversity: Addressing issues of cultural differences, implied bias, racism, cultural humility, and how to serve in a culturally and racially diverse community.
Welcoming Environment: A location, relationship, event, and/or conversation wherein all participants (volunteers, staff, student, family) feel emotionally and physically welcome and safe.
Education: Anything regarding how to support a student in their education, from learning multiplication, to applying to college, to getting through college.
You can also check out full resource lists here:
All things regarding how to have a healthy relationship between volunteer and student.
In the article “Mentoring Youth Matters: Six Qualities that Make You a Good Mentor for Teens”, Marilyn Price-Mitchell Ph.D. explores six qualities that are essential in building developmental relationships and mentoring youth.
In the book “For White Folks Who Reach in the Hood … and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality, Pedogogie, and Urban Education,” Christopher Emdin draws on his own experience of feeling undervalued and invisible in classrooms as a young man of color and merging his experiences with more than a decade of teaching and researching in urban America, award-winning educator Christopher Emdin offers a new lens on an approach to teaching and learning in urban schools. For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too is the much-needed antidote to traditional top-down pedagogy and promises to radically reframe the landscape of urban education for the better.
The Developmental Relationships Framework is made up of 5 elements work together and help people create strong and healthy relationships with youth.
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Our very own Eric Johnson participated in a webinar that discussed how to support, mentor, and advocate for DACA and undocumented youth. This webinar provides guidelines on how to best support the youth and includes insight from DACA recipients and their mentors.
Tools and practices to help students develop in a healthy way in all areas of their lives.
According to the Search Institute, the Developmental Assets® are 40 research-based, positive experiences and qualities that influence young people’s development, helping them become caring, responsible, and productive adults.
How can disadvantaged students succeed in school? For sociologist Anindya Kundu, grit and stick-to-itiveness aren’t enough; students also need to develop their agency, or their capacity to overcome obstacles and navigate the system. He shares hopeful stories of students who have defied expectations in the face of personal, social and institutional challenges.” – TED Talks, www.ted.com/talks/
Race, Culture, & Diversity
Addressing issues of cultural differences, implied bias, racism, cultural humility, and how to serve in a culturally and racially diverse community.
Fresh new read!
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, shows how some alleviation efforts, failing to consider the complexities of poverty, have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good. But it looks ahead. It encourages us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy—and that God in the gospel is reconciling all things to himself. Focusing on both North American and Majority World contexts, When Helping Hurts provides proven strategies for effective poverty alleviation, catalyzing the idea that sustainable change comes not from the outside in, but from the inside out.
“How does bias distort our thinking, our listening, our beliefs… and even our search results? How can we fight it? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about the unconscious biases that shape us.” – TED Talks, www.npr.org
The article “Why White School Districts Have So Much More Money,” from the NPR, discusses the financial differences between white school districts and more diverse school districts and how these differences are affecting the students.
“Host and producer John Biewen set out to take a different kind of look at race and ethnicity, by looking directly at the elephant in the room: white people, and whiteness. White supremacy was encoded in the DNA of the United States, and white people dominate American life and its institutions to this day, and yet whiteness too often remains invisible, unmarked, and unnamed. In embarking on this journey into whiteness, past and present, Biewen sought guidance from an array of leading scholars, and from professor, journalist, artist, and organizer Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika.” – Scene on Radio, http://www.sceneonradio.org
A location, relationship, event, and/or conversation wherein all participants (volunteers, staff, student, family) feel emotionally and physically safe.
Anything regarding how to support a student in their education, from learning multiplication to applying to college, to getting through college.
Khan Academy is an amazing resource for both students and their homework helpers! It is a non-profit organization that provides webinars, lessons, practice problems, and practice tests for different school subjects and college prep tests.