Achieving the Extension Mission through Volunteers

Volunteers are fundamental to many successful Extension programs. Research indicates that nearly one third of volunteers will choose not to continue volunteering based on poor management practices.  Achieving the Extension Mission through Volunteers is an online cohort course for the novice and experienced Extension professional working with volunteers to enhance and deliver Extension programs.  This course is designed to highlight best practices in volunteer development and management and to help build staff and organizational capacity around volunteer management and development regardless of the program area. 

Course Structure

During this 7-week course members participate in pre-recorded sessions, readings, activities, 3 live webinars and a video call, interact with a wide variety of resources and hear from experts. It will take participants approximately 5 hours each week to complete the course.

Internal :  Research indicates that nearly one third of volunteers will choose not to continue volunteering based on poor management practices.  Achieving the Extension Mission through Volunteers is an online cohort course for the novice Extension professional working with volunteers to enhance and deliver Extension programs.  It is designed to build staff and organizational capacity around volunteer management and development.  Participants will increase volunteer management competencies; build knowledge and skills related to identifying, recruiting, selecting, and supporting volunteers; and understand their own approach, the organization’s philosophy related to volunteerism, and current volunteerism trends.