• PSYV

Leading Volunteering in PSYV


Introduction

This resource guides you through Module 4 - Youth Leadership Practice: Unit 2 - Leading Volunteering in PSYV

Outcomes

On completion PSYV's will:

Unit 2

  • Plan to lead a team of volunteers at an event

  • Lead a team of volunteers

  • Give a presentation on learning from leadership within PSYV

Location

Group room or classroom and self-study at home

Duration

The notional time allocated to this whole module is 150 hours. This covers units 1, 2 & 3 and includes time to study for and write the essay and prepare the portfolio for submission.

Activity 1: Plan to lead a team of volunteers at an event

Building on previous experience of leadership and volunteering placements, YV's now have an opportunity to plan to lead a team of volunteers at a forthcoming event. This may be a national or local event. The context doesn't matter. What is important is that YV's take this opportunity to demonstrate whay they've learned about leadership and are able to make the transition from being a regular volunteer in PSYV to take on more lead responsibility at events.

Mentors and Group Coordinators will agree with YV's working on this unit what activity they will plan for and what their lead role will be. YV's should be given a clear remit that requires a sufficient degree of leadership and responsibility to manage and support others in their team at the event. Therefore YV's working on this unit shold not be in the same team at the same event for this activity.

Yv's will once again use the STAR template (Personal Development Plan) to prepare a plan and make a checklist of what they need to do and organise. They will also write out a risk assessment specific to their team using the risk assessment template. These should be checked with Mentors before the event.

Activity 2: Lead a team of volunteers at an event

YV's will now go ahead and lead a team at a planned volunteering event.

This time there is a team feedback form to be completed by team members. The collated results will be submitted to Mentors who will complete an overall feedback form based on observations made and feedback received.

To collate results YV's should calculate an overall score out of 5 (in Q2) by adding up the ratings and dividing them by the number of participants. Do the same calculation for all rows in Q3. Give a summary of what team members liked most in Q4 and a summary of what participants say you should improve in Q5.

Activity 3: Give a presentation on learning from leadership within PSYV

This activity gives YV's the chance to practice another skill which leaders are often required to do - presentations. However the focus isn't just on how YV's present, it's about having an ability to communicate what you have learned from the theory and practice of leadership in PSYV.

Encourage YV's to try the self-assessment on MindTools which assesses presentation strengths and areas to improve on.

YV's should visit the mindtools website to view the presentation planning checklist for successful presentations. You will also find a range of topics here on speaking to an audience, managing presetnation nerves and many other topics.

Young Scot has also prepared this great guide called '7 Ways to Give a Good School Presentation, as Told by Pups'

The Presentation Activity

In this activity you will prepare and make a 5 minute presentation to a panel of PSYV representatives. The presentation will be on the following topic:

The Benefits & Challenges of Youth Leadership

Yv's are required to draw from the lessons learned and practical experience gained in PSYV. For example, you could consider the following:

  • Ways that youth leadership is different to business leadership

  • Why it's important to give young people opportunities to learn about leadership

  • The ways changes in technology make it hard to keep up

  • Whether it is a good or bad thing that volunteers are not paid

Yv's should prepare a slide show and talk using whichever software they prefer (e.g. PowerPoint or Prezi). Slides should be kept to an optimum of 10. It is essential to cover the following areas:

  • Discuss at least one leadership theory

  • Identify at least one leadership style

  • Describe at least two examples of practice (one leading an activity and one as part a volunteering event) and the lessons learned

The panel will then engage YV's in a question and answer session regarding their leadership experience. The panel will assess your presentation and questions responses according to the presentation criteria provided. If there are gaps in the presentation, questions should be posed that give YV's an opportunity to tease out other knowledge of leadership and experience othat they can relate to.

A timetable of panel presentations will be provided by Mentors/Group Coordinators. The panel has to receive a copy of the presentation one day in advance so that checks can be made that the presentation plays as intended.

Assessment

Unit 2 Activity 1: Plan to lead a team of volunteers: Here YV’s are expected to use the STAR proforma to plan how they will lead a team on a volunteering assignment. This is done in discussion with the Group Coordinator/Mentor .

Unit 2 Activity 2: Implement the Plan: For this activity YV’s are charged with leading a team as part of a volunteering assignment under adult supervision. The team feedback form will be completed and collated. Mentors will use the same form to give overall feedback of their observations and the feedback collated.

Unit 2 Activity 3: Presentation on Leadership within PSYV: For this activity YV’s are required to plan and prepare a presentation which draws upon their learning and experience of leadership within a PSYV context. The presentation will be made to a panel and assessed using the checklist.

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