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Centering Young Audiences in Volunteer Opportunities

  • March 12, 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Westside Commons, 801 NE 34th Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97124

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Identifying and recruiting volunteers for your organization is one of the most crucial steps in the volunteer lifecycle, but attracting younger volunteers can sometimes require a totally different approach than standard best practices.

Through this interactive and iterative workshop, we will learn together on how to best attract younger volunteers to your organization while ensuring we are centering their experiences, desires, and needs in the recruitment process. Additionally, we will explore communication and retention strategies to support your organization and young volunteers for mutually beneficial growth.

Miguel Rodriguez (aka Mike Firm) is a Portland-based creative with a focus on multimedia, storytelling, and community building. During the past 10+ years he has worked in secondary and higher education, as well as the museum and nonprofit sectors.

He leads his work with systems-level, community-led, and relationship-based practices and values. Miguel’s role as a designer is to not only highlight the pervasive systems that adversely impact our conditions, but to also take actionable steps towards creating new and just futures with his communities. This requires an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and people-centered approach that centers design justice and participatory frameworks.

Miguel currently works at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) as a Talent Development & Inclusion Strategist, and he has an MFA in Collaborative Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and BS in Mathematics from Portland State University.


We look forward to seeing you at this NOVAA event, however, if you need to cancel, please refer to our Cancellation Policy and contact admin@novaa.org with any questions.

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