VOLUNTEERS

AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE STUDENTS’ LEARNING EXPERIENCE IS INTERACTING WITH PROFESSIONALS, FROM FACULTY TO PRACTITIONERS TO MEMBERS OF THE NYC GOVERNMENT 

Consider volunteering your time in one of the following capacities — to volunteer, contact Ms. Jonelle Griffen at jonelle.griffen@baruch.cuny.edu (646-660-6720) and let her know what role(s) you are volunteering for.

Boot Camp Reviewer: Serve on a panel that hears 5-minutes presentations by teams in the competition and provide them feedback on the quality of their presentation and the feasibility of the team’s approach to solving the project they selected. The time commitment is Saturday afternoon, March 24th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

Finalist Selection Committee: Teams submit a three-page case statement and link to a 1-minute video describing their project results on April 20, 2018. Teams of reviewers score submissions from 4-6 teams. The scoring of all submissions must be completed by April 24th. The teams with the top ten scores are elected to the finals. Finalists are announced on Friday, April 27, 2018.

Team Mentors: Serve as an advisor to one of the teams. Below is a description of the tasks and guidelines developed for mentors.

 What does a mentor do in the mentoring relationship?

The mentor should be the one to take the initiative to make the initial contact with the team they have volunteered to work with and elicit the team’s goals and expectations. Mentors help teams make informed decisions. The mentor should be supportive, not critical or negative, and should remember that everyone’s experiences and priorities are different.

Mentor’s Time Commitment

Mentors are required to work with their team as long as it is involved in the competition. Mentors are required to attend the Boot Camp to be held all day Saturday, March 24 at the Administration for Children’s Services facility located at 492 First Avenue, corner of 28th Street & 1st Ave. Mentors are also invited to attend the program on Friday evening March 23.

What do members of the team do in the mentoring relationship?

It’s up to the team and its members to ensure that the relationship is beneficial by keeping in contact, clearly communicating expectations, actively addressing problems, and asking for help when needed.

Confidentiality

Given that the mentoring relationship requires trust, communications between the team, its members and mentors should be kept confidential.

If things are not going well

Occasionally, the mentoring relationship doesn’t work out. If this happens, the best way to approach it is to first discuss the issues with the team. If this does not rectify the problem, contact the Competition Director, Stan Altman at stan.altman@baruch.cuny.edu who will try and help resolve the problem.

 

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