All prospective Blavin Volunteers go through a brief Blavin Volunteer Training and Orientation that covers the following topics: overview of the foster care experience, about the Blavin Scholars Program, the role of a Blavin Volunteer. Training attendees gain an understanding of the expectations of the Blavin Volunteer Program and the role of a Blavin Volunteer as well as some key strategies to being a supportive adult that can be implemented right away in their general work with students in the community.
The next Blavin Volunteer Training will be offered in 2017. A specific date, time, location, and sign up information will be posted soon!
Blavin Volunteer Training (time TBA): Community members who complete this training are eligible to serve as a Blavin Volunteer. Below are the learning outcomes for the Blavin Volunteer Training.
- Have an understanding of the foster care experience and that every youth's experience is unique and personal
- Be able to describe some of the barriers and challenges students who have experienced time in foster care face as they pursue higher education
- Be aware of the comprehensive and holistic support and resources available through the Blavin Scholars Program
- Be able to articulate why supportive adults and additional support and reosurces are important in the lives of students who have experienced foster care
- Know the expectations of the Blavin Volunteer Program and the role of a Blavin Volunteer