New in SIA Program For 2015-16…
Posted by Tom Basquill on July 29th, 2015
As we begin the 2015-16 SIA Program year, I wanted to share some exciting new elements we are unveiling for our Young Leaders and the adults who support them! Here are some highlights:
1. New Online Tools/Resources – The SIA Training Curriculum is being reformatted to better meet the needs of our students and their advisors. We are working to make all of our curriculum modules available online, so SIA teams can access them and use them whenever and wherever they like. Each training module will include videos, worksheets, handouts, and links to online resources. This means that students and advisors who can’t attend our Student Leadership Conferences won’t miss out on accessing all of our resources and tools!
2. New “Blended Learning” Model for Training – Making all our training tools and resources available online means that each of our Student Leadership Conferences will transform from a space where information is handed down to students into a hands-on, interactive event. Students will have more opportunities for discussions and peer-learning. Our young leaders will drive their own leadership development by engaging with each other. Through adult-facilitated workshops, students will be asked to share their experiences, challenges, successes, and ideas with other students. They will learn how other teams have overcome obstacles, engaged their communities, made an impact through service, and become better leaders. This will all help students become part of a Jefferson Awards Community that can support each other and help each other be more successful!
3. Webinars for Adult Advisors – We want to help our adult advisors who play an integral role in the success of SIA. We offer a ton of tools, resources, and other opportunities for students, but the advisors are our line of contact and communication with the students. To help our SIA advisors better understand how to best use the SIA program with their young leaders, we are offering webinars for the first time. Any/all advisors are invited to participate in person, or to watch the recorded webinar if in-person participation isn’t possible. We do ask those interested to register at http://bit.ly/SIAAdvisorWebinar. The first two webinars will take place:
- Thu. 8/27 at 3pm Central Time
- Tue. 9/22 at 3pm Central Time
4. Stronger Skills and Leadership Development – Our SIA Curriculum is divided into 7 modules, each with specific topics addressed within the module, and each module directly correlated to 1 of the 3 Pillars of SIA (Leadership, Engagement, Impact). We have worked to include more topics that students have told us they need for success. The new structure looks like this:
Understanding Leadership (LEADERSHIP PILLAR)
- Introduction to Leadership
- Values-based Leadership
- How Good a Leader are you?
- Leadership and Followership
- Leadership Styles
- Working with Different Leadership Styles
- Applying your Leadership Skills to SIA
Working Together as a Team (LEADERSHIP PILLAR)
- Qualities of an Effective SIA Team
- Your SIA Team Needs a Variety of Skills
- Organizing Your SIA Team
- Basics of Running Your SIA Team
- Accountability, Overcoming Challenges and Managing Your SIA Team
Our Community, Our Service (LEADERSHIP PILLAR)
- How do we define community?
- What is a community need and where do you find them?
- Making service personal- what do I care about?
- Digging deeper: Exploring root causes and organizations who address them
- What kinds of service do kids do? Conducting a school service inventory
- The gap between needs and service: Where your SIA Team comes in.
- Deciding on a group project
Creating and Measuring Our Impact (IMPACT PILLAR)
- The Main Elements of a Project Plan
- Envisioning Your Results
- The Right People in the Right Roles
- Using SMART Goals
- Planning How to Track your Results
- Managing your Project to Success
Raising Money and Support (ENGAGEMENT PILLAR)
- Philanthropy and Philanthropists
- Fundraising 101
- Engaging Others in your Cause
- Developing a Strong Case for Support
- Using Technology to Raise Support
- Creating a Fundraising Plan
Effective Communication (ENGAGEMENT PILLAR)
- Getting to the point. Elements of good communication.
- The art of effective storytelling
- Elements of great public speaking
- Body language that supports your message
- Getting people to say “yes” to your pitch
- Coaching others to be confident public speakers
- Using technology to support your oral presentation
Marketing and Media Muscle (ENGAGEMENT PILLAR)
- How many ways can we get the word out? (Marketing Inventory)
- Matching your message with the medium
- Connecting with local media (TV, radio, newspapers)
- Making a presentation to decision-makers
- Designing a Public Service Announcement (PSA)
- Writing a press release
- Leveraging partnerships: Who can help you get the word out?
- The power of social media
We are so excited to work with our returning student leaders and adult advisors, as well as our new SIA teams! It is going to be a fun and exciting year of youth making an impact on our community and our world!