How Management Impacts NERDS College Student Volunteers
This study focuses on the NERDS organization, which has experienced an increase in demand for its services and needs to develop selection, onboarding, and training processes to increase engagement for college student volunteers. Based on surveys and interviews with current and former volunteers, the study outlines an action plan with four objectives: 1) hiring a part-time volunteer manager, 2) establishing a partnership with a local university, 3) implementing a volunteer selection, onboarding, and training process, and 4) developing a volunteer mentor program. The study provides detailed timelines, goals, and outcomes for each objective, focusing on improving the recruitment and retention of college student volunteers. The study concludes that implementing this action plan will increase volunteer management efficiency, improve staff-volunteer relationships, increase positive organizational culture and climate, and provide college student volunteers with valuable skills and experiences.
James Olive, Meredith Wronowski. External Committee Member/Advisor: Michael Sharp, Director of Service Learning; University of Cincinnati College of Cooperative Education and Professional Studies.
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium, School of Education and Health Sciences
Institutional Learning Goals
Community; Practical Wisdom; Scholarship
"How Management Impacts NERDS College Student Volunteers" (2023). Stander Symposium Projects. 3145.
Presentation: 1:15-2:30 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom