Pathway: Long-Term Direct Service
Time Commitment: 1 year
This volunteer position has a one-year term with the possibility of reappointment at the consent of both the volunteer and Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO).
Regional Girl Scout Staff member in charge of Program Aides.
The Program Aide Trainer is responsible for Program Aide Training to individuals and/or groups of Cadette Girl Scouts in order to orient, prepare, and support them for the role as a Program Aide while they are in the process of earning their Program Aide pin.
The individual who fills this volunteer position will gain a sense of accomplishment, develop transferable skills and connect with the community. They will be building future leaders of Girl Scouts through their teaching and coaching of Cadette level Girl Scouts as they work towards their Teen Mentorship Award.
The Program Aide Trainer receives support, guidance, and encouragement from the Regional Girl Scout staff Program Aide Coordinator and the regional Program Aide staff contact. This support will include but not be limited to:
• Connecting trainers with girls and troops seeking this training.
• Access to relevant learning opportunities and materials to prepare for and support this role.
• A network of accessible resources, contacts, and program ideas.
• Remain informed about and comply with the most current policies, procedures, and guidelines of Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), including those found in Volunteer Essentials and Safety Activity Checkpoints.
• Complete training appropriate for position including a Program Train the Trainer course (if desired)
• Complete an apprenticeship with a trainer mentor to include a co-facilitated course if desired.
• Attend trainer updates and enrichment opportunities when possible.
• Deliver courses and workshop material to girls according to learning strategy set by yourself and other trainers while using the GSCO approved curriculum.
• Plan, prepare for, and deliver assigned courses using current resources approved by the council staff.
• Create and maintain a interactive, participatory and positive learning environment using a variety of tools to meet needs of all learners.
• Complete and submit course attendance, evaluations as instructed.
• Evaluate his/her own performance through analysis of participants’ evaluations, and work to improve training.
• Deliver multiple training sessions each year.
• Coordinate pick-up and return of needed supplies and materials with council staff.
• Communicate suggestions to council staff that will improve and strengthen the council’s Program Aide program in regard to curriculum design and effective training delivery.
Qualifications and Core Competencies – Required:
• Accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law and register as a member of GSUSA.
• Be an approved adult volunteer with a volunteer application, cleared background check, and volunteer interview on file with GSCO.
• Present a positive image of Girl Scouting to girls, volunteers and community members through effective communication, high personal standards of conduct and knowledge of the Girl Scout program and organization. Promote the benefits of Girl Scouting.
• Be willing to learn about and work with adults and girls with diverse backgrounds/abilities.
• Project passion and enthusiasm, and share personal experiences in Girl Scouts with volunteers.
• Develop and employ professional presentation skills and content knowledge.
• Be able to work and communicate well with people and proactively seek resolution to conflict.
• Use discretion in all confidential matters.
Additional Competencies, Skills, or Requirements – Preferred:
• Attend training in content areas of interest, plus benefit from enrichment learning opportunities
• Make a personal financial contribution to Girl Scouts of Colorado. (The amount or form of gift is up to the individual.)