Introductory

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    Get an overview of the training and development opportunities available to VISTAs during the service year, including online and in-person learning.
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  • Document
    Review this sample day-by-day agenda to see the topics and elements to be included in orientations held during the first three weeks of a VISTA's service.
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    Use this worksheet for planning an engaging orientation for new VISTAs.
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    Access a wide collection of informational and learning resources related to national and community service.
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    Consult this list for ideas on how to create robust trainings on a minimal budget.
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    Find resources to support your member recruitment and training efforts. This page provides field-generated resources on recruitment and placement, orientation, supervision, training and development, and transitioning members as their assignments wind down.
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    Refer to this list of resources to learn how to be a great coach and VISTA Leader. This short list of references points you to known experts in the coaching field.
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  • Multimedia resource
    Explore factors to consider when developing a training calendar for your members. Learn about optimum times of the year for specific training events, and use a template to develop your own calendar.
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  • Webpage link
    Refresh your knowledge and skills about coaching by exploring resources that focus on coaching VISTA members.
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  • Book document
    Take this tutorial to learn how to build the capacity of your youth development program. Topics focus on the recruitment and management of volunteers.

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