The purpose of this assignment is for you to advocate for children and give back to your community by attending professional conferences and by volunteering in the community surrounding the center in which you serve. You will be required to participate in a total of four experiences in which you either volunteer at a community agency/event, or attend a local conference. As with all of our assignments in this class, please consider using your work here in your own professional career portfolio.
Planning the Experiences
Your first goal is to identify ways that you can volunteer or participate in volunteer and professional development opportunities in your community. To help give you ideas of what your four experiences for this assignment might include, the following lists are examples of community agencies/events you could contact or conferences you could attend.
Community Agencies & Events for Volunteer Participation
Conference Events to Attend for Professional Development
There are many ways you can discover when and where events or conferences will occur in your community. A good starting point would be to consult your mentor or program director for knowledge of any local events or gatherings that may be going on. You should also check community bulletin boards, the Internet, local newspapers, community newsletters, etc.
All four of your choices for this assignment must meet the following criteria:
Engaging in the Experiences
Once you decide on your experiences, schedule your participation and plan to attend. This assignment is ongoing, and you may complete your four experiences throughout the course of the term. When you attend each of your four experiences, be sure to write a brief description of the event/conference (What was it? Where was it? What was its goal? Who was there, etc.?) While you are attending the event or conference, collect any artifacts that are relevant to you and your professional development.
Also, be sure to get the names and addresses of anyone who facilitated your participation in each experience. You will use this information to write and send “thank-you” letters. After you have completed your experiences, please write and mail a thank you letter to all agencies or people who helped you participate. Submit copies of your “thank you” letters with the assignment.
Reporting on the Experiences
Organize your notes and artifacts and write a 250-word summary for each of the four experiences. Include answers to the following questions in the summaries:
To Successfully Complete the Community and Professional Development Assignment: