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Engaging Millennial Volunteers: Understanding a new breed of volunteers

Millennials seek a sense of purpose, and this desire informs their decisions when seeking employment experiences. 

This publication covers:

  • Role design
  • The recruitment attraction strategy
  • Volunteer engagement strategies
  • A change enablement approach

Engaging Millennial Volunteers: Understanding a new breed of volunteers

Channeling Enthusiasm into Sustained Action: Fostering the Changemakers Journey

This research project focused on examining the key factors that inspire and engage young people to volunteer for nonprofit organisations, and how that experience can provide young people with leadership skills. 

It identifies the core factors for how to foster the changemakers journey in youth-led social change organisations. It provides activities and ideas to inspire current young leaders to better lead their teams. 

Channeling Enthusiasm into Sustained Action: Fostering the Changemakers Journey

Innovative Student Engagement

This publication evaluates the role student engagement and student volunteering play in university and tertiary education. It provides guidelines to creating and implementing the most effective student volunteering programs. 

It covers:

  • Student engagement and student volunteering
  • Criteria to help deliver successful volunteering programs and events

Innovative Student Engagement

Young People as Volunteers: A guide to moving beyond traditional practices

This report offers clear strategies that can be adopted by organisations in their efforts to more effectively work in collaboration with young volunteers aged 18 and 25. 

It covers:

  • Testing the findings of Youth Leading Youth against the experiences of a more diverse range of young people
  • The experiences of traditional organisations and what resources and tools would help them more effectively engage young volunteers
  • Good practice within larger organisations that could be distilled to transferrable strategies

Young People as Volunteers: A guide to moving beyond traditional practices

Youth Leading Youth: A look at organisations led by young people

The project examined the key factors that inspire and engage young people in the not-for-profit sector and maintain their volunteering practice. It provides a different perspective on young people and volunteering and considers how young people work with other young people as volunteers and leaders.

The report covers:

  • Detailed description of the research process and interviewing methodology
  • Findings: Characteristics of the organisation, good practice, challenges and trends

Youth Leading Youth: A look at organisations led by young people

Student Engagement Edition - Innovative Research Bulletin

This research bulletin explores how to make student engagement more successful and how to make its impact greater.

It covers:

  • Rethinking international student engagement in volunteering
  • Service learning and volunteering: Who owns community engagement in universities?
  • Inspiring our future generation of volunteers
  • What community partners really want: A literature review

Student Engagement Edition - Innovate Research Bulletin

Working with young people

This information sheet provides advice for communities that deal with young people.

It covers:

  • Don't underestimate young people
  • Break the communication and language barrier
  • Set goals, aims and guidelines
  • Create an accessible, comfortable and safe space
  • Have fun, diversity is the key
  • Use young people's connections in the community
  • Ask what they can do well, what are their passions
  • Active involvement
  • Understand the difficulties of being a young person
  • Don't stereotype

Working with young people

Info sheets & guides to help engage international students as volunteers

These information sheets have been produced for:

  • International students who would like to become a volunteer
  • Organisations that want information and inspiration to start engaging and working better with international students as volunteers
  • Education providers that want advice on how they can help their international students access and reap the benefits of a volunteering experience

Info sheets and guides to help engage international students as volunteers