Getting Started as an AWIM Volunteer
Volunteers are the hallmark of the A World In Motion program. However, we realize that sometimes potential volunteers need some help in getting started. Below is a simple step-by-step process to help you introduce and ultimately implement a local AWIM program.
|STEP #1 – Check to See if Your Employer or SAE Section Already Supports AWIM|
Check to see if your employer or SAE Section already supports and AWIM Special Initiative.
AWIM Special Initiatives are funded AWIM programs and participating companies or sections typically have a contact within their organization to help get you started. If your company is part of a funded Special Initiative, contact the person listed at the link above or the AWIM staff (firstname.lastname@example.org) for help getting started.
If your company or SAE Section is not a funder of an AWIM Special Initiative, proceed to step #2.
|STEP #2 – Recruit a School|
Recruiting a new school to participate in AWIM is easy with the proper tools. Below are some resources to help you get started:
AWIM Presentation (PowerPoint Format)
AWIM Presentation (PDF Format)
AWIM Brochures & Promotional Literature (link to access PDF Format)
The tools above will provide the essential information the school system will be looking for before agreeing to participate in any supplemental educational experience. We recommend starting with your child’s teacher (if you have a child attending the school) or the principal/school administration as the initial contact with the school.
|STEP #3 – Partner with a local organization to generate funding|
This could be a service organization such as a Rotary Club or another community organization.
|STEP #4 – Contact SAE for Training Needs|
|In certain circumstances, SAE can support you and the class with which you are partnering to provide training. Contact us at email@example.com for training support.|
|STEP #5 – Plan an Implementation & Visit Schedule|
Once the teacher receives the AWIM curriculum and materials, you will need to schedule a brief planning session prior to starting your classroom visits. In this meeting you’ll want to cover the following:
|STEP #6 – Implement the AWIM Program|
|The teacher will receive an AWIM Teacher Manual with the material kit. The manual contains a suggested implementation schedule. However, you are free to alter the schedule to allow program deliver to fit your (and the teacher’s) schedule. This will not alter the value of the experience for the students.|
|STEP #7 – Tell Us What You Think|
SAE looks forward to sharing the success of the classroom students, teachers and volunteers. We often share stories of the positive impact of AWIM classroom volunteers. Please share your story and we just might publish it in the SAE Foundation Newsletter.
|STEP #8 – What’s Next?|
Almost every time the AWIM program is introduced into a new school setting, other teacher see the great things participating teachers and volunteer are doing and want to participate. There are a couple options for moving forward.
|STEP #9 – Have Fun!|
|Remember, the work you are doing is of very high value to the students and participating teacher. Please remember to have fun and enjoy your volunteer experience!|
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