Over the summer I normally try to post a couple things that I learned over the previous school year. If you want see the series as it has developed over lots of years then click here. If you have anything you learned from last year that you would like to tell me about, send it my way smcgever (at) pv dot younglife dot org
Volunteers are the heart of the mission of YL. Take away all the staff people and the best YL areas would still keep going strong reaching kids faithfully. I was a volunteer for a long time before I came on staff and I have been surrounded by long-term faithful leaders who continually inspire me, I just try to keep up with them!
There is also a place for high quality staff people and the Student Staff role is where I started about twenty years ago. It looks different in many places, none are really the same. I have been honored to help develop and train Student Staff in our area and in our region for quite a while.
One of the challenges for Student Staff is to distinguish how it is different from being a volunteer. For over a decade our area has utilized simple guidelines and requirements for this which have been stated in an informal job description. The informal job description has made the distinction between volunteer and staff clearer and it has also given some concrete direction for our Student Staff to know exactly what to do for their “job”.