Volunteer training overview
Volunteers are just a few steps away from getting into the classroom. We make training easy and provide constant support, starting with this overview.
How training works:
Step 1: Complete online training.
First, log-in (click at the top-right of this page or the button below). Online training is entirely video-based and will take less than an hour to watch. It will provide you with:
- Program logistics, including getting scheduled in the classroom and understanding the materials and how we communicate with you and the school you will be working with;
- Curriculum overview, including delivery tips and how to prepare for delivering lessons, how to run engaging activities and how to make it interesting and get the students actively involved;
- Instructor notes, including a walk-through on each lesson with direction on how to begin topic discussions, what key concepts to cover and where you can seamlessly fit in stories and examples.
- Preparation checklist, to make sure you’re covered before stepping into the classroom. This tool outlines a common sense approach to getting ready and provides an index of resources if you are looking for ideas on how to deliver specific concepts.
Step 2: In-person and webinar training sessions
We hold several live trainings in the fall and winter months. These training sessions reinforce the concepts from Online Training, provide additional ideas regarding effective delivery and how to run activities, give you a chance to brainstorm and practice preparing a lesson and provide you with answers to any additional questions you have.
Step 3: Ongoing resources and tools
Also in online training, you’ll find our volunteer resource library, which provides you with many tools that will help you learn how to facilitate the lessons in an interesting, engaging and fun manner. It is full of ideas, stories, tips and demonstrations. You can view short videos of experienced volunteers facilitating various lesson components and sharing best practice ideas. The resource library focuses heavily on providing tips for enhancing delivery skills. We encourage you to visit the resource library to access information and ideas for delivering your lessons effectively.
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What it means to volunteer with SecureFutures
Financial expertise is not required; the lesson plans, curriculum, course materials and training will be provided to all volunteer instructors. The training will include an overview of the financial literacy curriculum, classroom presentations, information from our staff and experienced volunteers on how to engage students, and what to expect in the classroom. You will receive all the materials needed to be successful, including a CD with the curriculum materials, written instructor notes, and handouts for the students.
As each school class period allows for 45 to 90 minutes of instruction, our program scheduling is flexible for class structure and the particular educator’s lesson plans.
Volunteers are scheduled based on their availability, scheduling preferences (proximity to school, convenient times, days etc.), comfort level and skill level. We work diligently to pair volunteers with the most appropriate classrooms to maximize benefit and enjoyment for all involved.
Volunteers are asked to commit to deliver an entire program, on your own or with a partner, one time per school year. For Money Sense volunteers, this consists of three 90-min classroom sessions or six 45-min classroom sessions. Volunteers are asked to attend in-person training sessions and/or view online training videos. The training and materials ensure volunteers are familiar with the content before entering the classroom. For our select group of Money Coach volunteers, there may be additional steps in training and different classroom commitments.
What we provide
Our staff is readily available to provide tips, support or help with any unforeseen scheduling conflict. Volunteers are provided with detailed school information, including: the school name and address; where to park, and how to enter the school; classroom details; and classroom teacher contact information.