University of Vermont

Getting Involved with Next Step

Opportunities for UVM Students

  • Attend the Retreat
    The 2018 Next Step Retreat (Our 15th Anniversary!) will take place January 19-21, 2018. Applications will be available in the fall of 2017 and due on November 10th, 2017. Check back later for more information, and check out our What to Expect for Participants page.

  • Volunteer to Facilitate
    If you have participated in the past, we accept a small number of current UVM students (undergraduate and graduate) as small group facilitators. Small group facilitators are a vital part of the Next Step team! At the retreat, they lead discussions and activities for our small groups of 8-10 participants, and engage in large group activities. Small Group Facilitators are expected to participate in the Next Step Training of Trainers, a pre-retreat gathering, the retreat itself, and a retreat debrief. Small group facilitators may choose to volunteer on our participant selection committee, which entails reading applications ahead of time and participating in one additional meeting. Applications for small group facilitators are due on October 13th, 2017 [link]

  • Join a Selection Committee
    If you have been involved in the Next Step in the past as a participant or facilitator, and will not be otherwise involved this year but would like to help out, join a committee to help us select participants or facilitators. This involves reading applications ahead of time, and joining us for a committee meeting (typically 1.5 to 3 hours) to make our selections. For more info or to volunteer, please contact Laura or Maggie at nextstep@uvm.edu.

 

Opportunities for UVM Faculty and Staff

  • Join the Leadership Team
    This committee of 6-8 members is responsible for guiding the overall retreat, editing and facilitating curriculum, and working with the Leadership & Civic Engagement team in Student Life to make sure the Next Step Retreat provides an enriching, engaging, challenging and empowering experience for students. Tasks include reviewing evaluation data and applications for facilitators, writing/editing curriculum and participant materials, participating in the Next Step Training of Trainers, facilitating portions of the retreat itself for the large group in January, and assisting with the assessment of the program. At the retreat, members of the Leadership Team also serve as alternate facilitators and step in if a small group facilitator is unable to continue in their role, as well as assist in crisis response as needed and appropriate. Prior involvement with The Next Step is highly encouraged. If interested, please contact Laura at nextstep@uvm.edu by September 10th, 2017.

  • Serve as a Small Group Facilitator
    Small group facilitators are a vital part of the Next Step team! At the retreat, they lead discussions and activities for our small groups of 8-10 participants, and engage in large group activities. Small Group Facilitators are expected to participate in the Next Step Training of Trainers, a pre-retreat gathering, the retreat itself, and a retreat debrief. Small group facilitators may choose to volunteer on our participant selection committee, which entails reading applications ahead of time and participating in one additional meeting. Applications for small group facilitators are due on October 13th, 2017 [link]

  • Encourage Students and Colleagues to Get Involved
    We know our best recruitment happens from folks personally sharing their experiences and excitement about intergroup dialogue. Keep an eye out for participant and facilitator applications as they come out (in September and October 2017). Facilitator applications are due on October 13th, 2017; participant applications are due on November 10, 2017.

We encourage all UVM faculty and staff Next Step volunteers to consult with their supervisors before applying to join our team. Because non-exempt employees are paid hourly, compensation requirements may make participation difficult. That said, it may be possible for non-exempt staff to volunteer with The Next Step if pre-approved by their supervisor.  In most cases, non-exempt staff would be electing to be compensated using compensatory time for non-office hours due to budgetary constraints.

As per federal guidelines, non-exempt employees required to work overtime have a choice of how they wish to be compensated for overtime hours worked ($ vs. comprehensive time).  However, because this is a volunteer opportunity, the supervisor has the option of only offering the ability to carry comp time.  Following the University procedure, all overtime or comprehensive time hours must be recorded in PeopleSoft.

That agreement should be documented in writing, and a signed copy submitted to the Next Step program (via Leadership & Civic Engagement Programs in the Department of Student Life) after selection.