Targeted Recruitment and Engaging Young People

Next session

Date: Tuesday 20 August 2024
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Online, via Zoom
Cost: FREE (supported by VMA funding)

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Recruitment and retention can be tricky at the best of times, particularly when looking to attract particular cohorts of volunteers. It’s important to examine the make up of our volunteer teams, what barriers may exist for specific cohorts and how you can encourage volunteers from different demographics.
This session is interactive and focused on discussion-based scenarios, but also draws from the Volunteering Victoria Youth Ready Guide and Assessment to examine strategies specifically to engage young people.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the recruitment and retention in line with the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement
  • Understand how to target specific volunteer cohorts
  • Identify barriers that may exist for specific volunteer cohorts
  • Understand Volunteering Victoria’s five key areas for increasing engagement with young people

Meet the trainers


Hazel Maynard

Sector Development Trainer

Following an early-life career change (from patents translator to not-for profit), Hazel has worked for a number of Not for Profit organisations in the past three decades, including the Australian Red Cross, Amnesty International and The Cancer Council Victoria. She has managed large and small volunteer programs.

Hazel is a trainer for Volunteering Victoria and runs public and in-house training sessions for the not-for-profit sector. She is passionate about encouraging people who are socially isolated or marginalised to volunteer, and upholding the rights of volunteers. Hazel has volunteered for much of her life, joining St John Ambulance Brigade as a volunteer first-aider when she was eleven because she liked the uniform – this relationship was short-lived as she fainted at the sight of blood on her first assignment.

Hazel became a board member of Volunteering Victoria in 2006 and was the President of the Board of Management from 2008 to 2010.  She was awarded honorary life membership of the national peak body, Volunteering Australia, in 2006 and has had a number of articles published in professional journals, mainly on topics relating to volunteer management.


Sara Sterling

Sector Development Manager

Sara joined Volunteering Victoria in January 2018 with a focus on Professional Development services. She has ten years’ experience in government and not for profit sectors. She has focused on volunteer management, program support and administration and training and development. She has a Masters in Social Policy, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is passionate about volunteers, volunteer managers and supporting the sector broadly.

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