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  • Scroll down to view all of the available student leader positions
    • All positions have been organized by their priority due date
  • Select up to 3 positions on the application in your order of preference
    • Applications will be reviewed first by priority due date, then by order of preference

Priority Due Dates

  • March 14th 
    • Interviews - March 15th to 31st
  • April 4th
    • Interviews - April 5th to 19th

  • All available positions will be shown below until filled
  • Applications received by their priority due date will be considered first
  • No longer accepting applications for the February 14th priority due date positions
    • If you applied to one of these positions, we have already or will be in contact with you by March 5th

MARCH 14TH

Members of the Scholars Leadership Team (SLT) support Bennion Scholars at the University of Utah within the Bennion Center. The objective of an SLT member is to act as a part of a support network for current and potential scholars and to work closely with the Bennion Scholars Program Manager in administrative tasks and program development. 

General Requirements for all Scholar Leadership Team members are:

  • Be a current Bennion Scholar and hold a good standing in meeting program requirements.
  • Attend and participate in the Transition Meeting (time/date TBD, end of semester)
  • Actively engage in regularly scheduled Scholars Leadership Team meetings (usually weekly) and complete tasks between meetings. 
  • Hold weekly office hour during the academic year.
  • Help recruit new Bennion Scholars through info sessions, word of mouth, socials, etc.
  • Mentor and support other Bennion Scholars in fulfilling program requirements.
  • Attend Legacy of Lowell Day of Service (September), Scholars Conference (first Saturday of November), Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (January), and other Scholars Events.
  • Be aware of and communicate opportunities related to community engagement (potential workshops, community partners, service projects, etc.) to students and the Bennion Scholars Program Manager.
  • Execute other tasks/assignments according to the needs of the program.

SLT candidates will be asked about their top 2 position preferences.


 

Build awareness of the program on campus and coordinate recruitment efforts, especially around application deadlines. Work collaboratively and creatively with Marketing Coordinator to build greater brand recognition of the program. Respond to all volunteer inquiries and track program growth.

Create Scholars marketing plan and materials (ads, posters, videos). Produce and post content for the website and social media. Coordinate content with the Bennion Center Communications Team. 

Preference given to those with graphic design, videography, photography, and/or other marketing experience.


 

Plan and organize logistics for Scholars Program events. This includes planning the Civic Leadership Conference that is held the first Saturday in November. Collaborate with Scholars Leadership Team members and other members of the Bennion Center to coordinate Scholar Program events and volunteer projects to build community within the program. Ensure that all events are purposeful and fulfill the goals of both the Scholars Program and the Bennion Center.

Detail-oriented SLT member required. Work required over the summer. 


 

Coordinate outreach to new, existing, and “non-participating” program participants in order to meet their specific needs and concerns. In coordination with the Staff Manager and other SLT members, develop a sense of community within the program to promote retention and completion. Coordinate all peer mentorship efforts including tracking semester check-ins. Support program participants in the creation, execution, and completion of their Capstones. 

Preference given to those who are either working on or have completed their Capstone Project.


 

The Communication Team is a group of 7 coordinators and 1 staff partner. The goal is to create the feeling of a small creative agency where every member feels empowered to truly own their position and have the courage to be creative.

As a Comm Team, our goals are to increase the awareness of the Bennion Center in a relevant way through interesting content, and to encourage collaboration both on and off campus.

The ideal student is one that either seeks experience in one of the areas that aligns with a professional career interest, or someone that is passionate about a certain area and needs a creative outlet.

While the time commitment varies by position and time of year, our request is that you are willing and able to give a minimum of 5 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.

Depending on the need, we also accept volunteers in any of the interest areas shown below.  This is for those that aren't able to commit as much time, but still want to be a part of something creative.

For any additional questions, please email Chris Wada, chris.wada@utah.edu.


 

Advertising & Design

  • Event & application artwork requests
  • Campus & community graphics
  • Design & brand guides
  • Print & Digital Advertising

 

Collaboration

  • Student Board representative
  • Content planning, requests, & coordination
  • Comm Team meetings & support
  • Bennion Center student leader liaison

 

Outreach

  • Maintain Campus Contact Lists
  • Class presentations, tabling, & handouts
  • Print & Digital recruitment activities for events & applications
  • Identify & collaborate with campus partners

 

Photo & Video

  • Plan & coordinate photo and video shoots
  • Direct & schedule photo and video volunteers
  • Support social media & advertising with photo/video content
  • Help establish & maintain our visual style and aesthetic

 

Public Relations

  • Write monthly articles to highlight a variety of things
  • Plan & schedule interviews with students, faculty, alumni, etc.
  • Develop relationships with communication channels both on and off campus
  • Help curate and identify stories that you would want to read

 

Social Media

  • Weekly content planning, scheduling, & coordination
  • Manage various digital channels, primarily Instagram
  • Coordinate content requests with the Comm Team and student leaders
  • Build reciprocal social media relationships with other accounts both on and off campus

 

Website & Email

  • Training required for both website & email platforms
  • Website page updates, requests, & community bulletin board listings
  • Weekly/Monthly event & application announcements 
  • Help manage email subscribers & website analytics

 

Part-Time Volunteers

  • This can be in support of any of the positions shown above
  • Example would be a photographer that can accept any open photo shoot requests, dependent on your availability that week.

 

The Service Corner is the Bennion Center’s drop-in service locations. The locations exist in the Bennion Center (Union Room 101) and at the Kahlert Village residence hall.

The Service Corner Lead Coordinator is the head student leader for the Service Corner. A Service Corner Specialist will help meets the programmatic and logistical needs of the service corner.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, specialist roles are not specifically defined. The team may work to identify specialists over specific areas and responsibilities depending on the status of the pandemic during the year.


Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

-Weekly Service Corner meetings (1 hour a week)

-* 2 weekly office hours (1 at the Bennion Center and one at Kahlert) This is pending due to the COVID-         19 pandemic.

-Be knowledgeable on all the Service Corner Projects

- Attend and complete all requirements of the Bennion Center Student Leader Orientation.

-Be available to attend and assist with Bennion Center Saturday Service Projects (Legacy of Lowell in September, MLK in January, and the Sustainability project in April).

-Support Service Corner Specialists as needed.

-Assist with outreach and promotion of the Service Corner to campus and community groups as needed.

-Research and identify new project ideas that meet community identified needs that can be done with the Service Corner.

-Keep track of personal hours and submit hours to Lead Coordinator in a timely manner.


 

Partnership Liaisons manage ongoing volunteer programs with local community organizations and schools. Partnership Liaisons work with a student coordinator (Issue Area Coordinator) and Bennion Center staff partner to best serve the needs of community partners and other volunteers. It is strongly recommended that prospective Partnership Liaisons volunteer with or visit the community partner prior to applying for this position.  


Partnership Liaisons are expected to serve 5-10 hours a week, depending on the program. Some programs may also require engagement during the summer months (see application for details). 


In addition to the general duties of a Bennion Center student leader, Partnership Liaisons are expected to: 

  • Volunteer regularly within the respective program (see Volunteer Interest Form for a description of each program). 
  • Recruit, orient, train, and retain volunteers as necessary for your program.  
  • Respond to prospective Volunteer Interest Forms (VIFs) within 24-48 hours. 
  • Maintain regular communication with your respective staff partner, community partner, and Issue Area Coordinator. 
  • Complete all required Community Partner Agreement meetings by the established deadlines. 
  • Maintain a VIF tracking spreadsheet (a database of all prospective, current, and past volunteers, including contact information and university ID). 
  • Track and submit monthly hours served within your program by Bennion Center volunteers. 
  • Attend monthly meetings facilitated by your Issue Area Coordinator. 
  • Perform the duties required by the specific program (see specific program description for details). 
  • Be a Bennion Center Ambassador: build an in-depth understanding of the programs and opportunities at the Bennion Center 
  • Complete Motor Pool certification (or identify yourself as a non-driver) 
  • Complete Youth Protection requirements (applies to certain programs only)  

Commitments 

Weekly 

  • 1 Office Hour (Front Desk or Programming) 
  • Program Commitment (with Community Partner) 

Monthly 

  • Issue Area Meeting 
  • Hours Logs/Reflections 

Semester 

  • Attend Legacy of Lowell Saturday Service Project (Fall) & MLK Saturday Service Project (Spring) 
  • 1 Leadership Workshop (per semester) 
  • 2 hours outreach (per semester) 

Year 

  • Student Leader Orientation (Dates TBD)  
  • 3 Community Partner Agreement meetings per academic year.

 

1. American Red Cross

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program?

I tend to spend about 4-10 hours a week but this varies depending on the week of course. 


Who does your program serve?

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. This program supports local efforts in fire safety, blood drives, and more! 

The Utah Red Cross is part of the largest and most diverse service organization in the United States. We serve more than 2.8 million people and cover nearly 85,000 square miles spanning 29 counties. 

We provide food and shelter in emergencies, assist members of our armed forces and their families, teach lifesaving skills, and more. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

No 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?   

There are team meetings for the Red Cross you must attend which are separate from Bennion Center meetings.


2. Best Friends Animal Society

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

3 -5 hours 


Who does your program serve?

Cats and dogs at the Best Friends Animal Society (Salt Lake) 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

No 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities? 

Plan to volunteer weekly with BFAS. This can include anything from bottle feeding kittens in the nursery to walking dogs at the lifesaving center!


3. Catholic Community Services

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

2-5 hours 


Who does your program serve? (Be specific: ex: children and adults with intellectual disabilities. 

Refugee families and people experiencing homelessness 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

No 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities? 

There are several volunteer opportunities available at CCS to Partner Liaisons. Those older than 21 can be a youth mentor or a tutor, those younger than 21 can help drive clients to appointments, work at dinning halls, help families move into new homes, and help at the distribution center. 


4. Health Access Project

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

2-6 hours 


Who does your program serve? 

Health Access Project (HAP) is a collaborative community partnership designed to improve access to and coordinate comprehensive healthcare for low-income, uninsured residents of Salt Lake County 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

Business hours, some flexible evenings/weekends 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?  

This program needs both office/case management support as well as interpreters (primarily Spanish).  HAP will provide you with the proper training necessary to help you become a successful interpreter provided you have basic second language skills!  


5. International Rescue Committee

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

2-5 hours 


Who does your program serve?

Refugee populations 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

Whenever assigned shifts are (have some availability to choose) 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities? 

There are multiple positions/duties in addition to program liason. You can volunteer to help at the IRC front desk, volunteer to help tutor, go to appointments with people-it depends on the position you pick. 


6. Ronald McDonald House

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program?

1-2 house due to COVID restrictions.  

Likely 3-5 hours once the House allows more volunteers on-site 


Who does your program serve? 

The Ronald McDonald House serves children that are patients at one of the nearby medical centers and the families of those children. 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

No 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities? 

-We are going to be implementing a monthly yard work day where we invite volunteer to help clean up the grounds around the House. 

-Under normal condition, VLs would give tours of the house to those interested in volunteering. They would also try to be there on new volunteers first days to help introduce them to their dutites. 


7. Youth Resource Center

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

4 hours for serving 1 meal, 4 hours for bi-weekly music group, 1 hour for administrative responsibilities and recruitment 


Who does your program serve?

Youth ages 15-22 who are experiencing homelessness 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

Generally dinners are the best meal time for university students to help with, which is from 5-7:30 p.m. every day. Coordinate with the community partner to plan a regular day and time for music group. 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities? 

The partnership liaison in charge of the music group should be knowledgeable of how to play and tune instruments like the piano, guitar, drums and/or ukulele or recruit volunteers who know how to do this. Also present should be an enthusiasm and patience for teaching music to new clients. 


 

1. Elevate Theater Company - Tanner Dance

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

2-5 hours 


Who does your program serve? 

Adults with intellectual disabilities 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

Every Saturday from 9:45-10:45 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?

Assist the Elevate directors (Tanner Dance) in making program-related decisions (occasionally) 


2. Primary Children's Hospital

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

Typically 2 during COVID. Typically 3-5 


Who does your program serve?

Children who are coming to the hospital often due to illness or a family member 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

No – occassional events but flexible 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities? 

Creating a ton of craft kits for the kids and currently working on a way to get volunteers to play a role during COVID 


3. Running Forward

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

2-6 hours 


Who does your program serve? 

Elementary aged kids grades 4-6 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

Typically Thursday nights and portions of Friday for volunteering 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities? 

Planning meetings/trainings for volunteers, helping conduct interviews and buying program supplies. 

There will be times where you need to set up meetings with prospective volunteers to explain the program and put a face to the leadership to the program. (Meetings can be set up over zoom or in person assuming things go back to normal). May need to occasionally support community partner in other administrative tasks and be a flex for site leaders that cannot make it to practice on a given Friday. 


4. Special Olympics Utah Team

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

5-10 (varies by season) 


Who does your program serve? 

U of U Special Olympics Utah team serves individuals with intellectual disabilities of all ages. 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

Must be available every Saturday from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?  

As a Program Liaison, you have a wide range of responsibilities seperate from the Bennion Center responsibilities. Responsibilities range from paperwork management to facilitating practices and managing athletes/partners. 


5. Special Olympics Utah U.L.E.

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

Keeping in mind I have only worked during Covid times—probably 1-2 hours 

Typically 5-8 – more during the weeks of event management (1 event each fall/spring) 


Who does your program serve?

Children and adults with intellectual disabilities. With the University Leadership and Engagement designation we also have the ability to serve students of the U. 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

Aside from the Fall Classic and State Basketball Tournament, no. These dates are set by Special Olympics Utah.  


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities? 

Working with Special Olympics Utah to plan and organize Statewide events.  


 

1. ACT Prep at Day-Riverside

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program?

3-4 hrs/week 


Who does your program serve? 

Salt Lake City high school students preparing to take the ACT 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

Mondays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 PM 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?

Reach out to schools to spread awareness and get students to come to the sessions. Provide tutoring services on ACT-relevant topics. Coordinate the activities of the other tutors. Develop content and lesson plans to give structure to the sessions. 


2. ACT Prep at Marmalade Branch Library

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

3-4 hrs/week 


Who does your program serve?  

Salt Lake City high school students preparing to take the ACT 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

Monday and Thursdays from 3-4 pm 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?  

Reach out to schools to spread awareness and get students to come to the sessions. Provide tutoring services on ACT-relevant topics. Coordinate the activities of the other tutors. Develop content and lesson plans to give structure to the sessions. 


3. The Children's Center

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program?

3-5 hours 


Who does your program serve?

Preschool-aged children who require therapy for social, mental, emotional, or emotional issues. 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

For a non-COVID year, you must be available at least one day a week either 9AM to 12PM or 12PM to 3PM. 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?

Attend class in the therapeutic preschool and help the teachers clean up and take care of the children. 


4. Palmer Court Kids' Book Club

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

1-3


Who does your program serve?

Children ages 6-12


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

No. The community partner will work with you regarding scheduling.


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities? 

May have to plan activities aside from reading in order to keep kids engaged.


5. Road Home Kids' Book Club

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

5-6 hours 


Who does your program serve?

Children experiencing homelessness ages 5-14. 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

Monday night from 6:45pm- 8pm 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities? 

Reading to children every Monday night on an individual level. Reading to approximately 15 children on a group level. Creating and facilitating special activities for the end of book club such as arts and crafts. Maintaining a respectful and fun environment for the kids. 


 

1. Hospice and U

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

1-1.5 (due to virtual circumstances) 

5-6 typically 


Who does your program serve? 

The elderly in senior or resident homes 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

No. Once we start placing volunteers, the volunteers can choose and decide to stick to a weekly volunteering time. 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?  

No other specific duties besides maintaining constant communication with Program Director and to be compassionate with the population we serve. 


2. Maliheh Free Clinic

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

2-5 hours 


Who does your program serve? 

Community members in need of medical care who are both (1) uninsured and (2) living near the poverty line. 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

No. Most all communications are now through our phones instead of in person at set times. Making sure to respond within 24 hours is more important than being available at a set time. 

In regards to actual shifts at the clinic, your volunteer shift 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?  

Training new volunteer recruits on site at the clinic. Quarterly leadership meetings with clinic staff members abs student leaders from other schools. Your own personal two volunteer shifts at the clinic each month.


3. Utah Naloxone

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

4-6 hours 


Who does your program serve? 

People who have opioid abuse problems and the overall Utah community that wishes to combat the opioid epidemic. 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

Every other Thursday 3:30-5:30 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?  

Set up and lead kit building sessions and manage the email account. You need to be able to meet every other Thursday and feel comfortable teaching others about the drug Naloxone. You must be able to help communicate with the volunteers and come to tabling events (virtual or in person) 


4. VA Nursing Home

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

1 hour during pandemic 

Typically 3-5 hours 


Who does your program serve?

Older adults living in an assisted living facility and memory care 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

Volunteers can come in any time between 9am-5pm any day of the week 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities? 

Planning activities for residents, going on outings with residents (to Walmart, grocery shop, movies, etc.), giving tours of the facility to new volunteers 


 

1. Best Buddies

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program?

Depends. During COVID, much less because there are no in-person or virtual group activities. During COVID, about 2 hours per week. After COVID, when those activities return, it will be closer to 5 hours per week.


Who does your program serve? 

Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

No. Very flexible with scheduling.


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?

Managing and updating the bestbuddiesonline portal and keeping in contact with Best Buddies contacts, fundraising for chapter


 

2. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program?

3 hours


Who does your program serve? 

At-risk youth ages 6-18


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

No


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?

Connect potential volunteers to BBBSU agency for onboarding; manage university club; liaise with U Bigs to coordinate on-campus events


 

3. Girl Scouts Outreach

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program?

2-4 hours 


Who does your program serve? 

Girl Scouts members ages 5-17 in Title I elementary schools and community centers


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

The majority of troops meet between 1:30pm and 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. Outreach troops generally meet one hour per week (plus any preparation time) for the duration of the program.


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?

If not already, you must apply to be a troop leader.


 

4. Grandfamilies

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program?

1-3 hours 


Who does your program serve? 

Families and children in kinship care, i.e. children raised by someone other than their biological parents and families of those children


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

There is no active volunteering at this time. Originally, you had to commit to monthly volunteering at friend-to-friend events, which vary on days and time but usually occur on a weekend morning or afternoon. Weekly support groups are also held but the location and days vary month to month.


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?

N/A


 

5. Road Home Playroom

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program?

5-10 hours 


Who does your program serve? 

Adults and children experiencing homelessness 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

Every Tuesday from 6-7 pm 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?

Making sure you have an idea for a craft ready to go & always making sure you have a treat for at least 20 children.


 

6. Road Home Teens' Night Out

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

5-7 hours 


Who does your program serve? 

Adolescents and teenagers ages 11-17 experiencing homelessness 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

Wednesdays 6-9 p.m 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities? 

Planning weekly activities on Wednesdays 


7. TBI Group (Headstrong, Brain Injury Alliance)

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program?

1-5 hours (varies) 


Who does your program serve?

Teens 13-19 who have experienced a traumatic brain injury 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

No. You set your own schedule, so it is very flexible. 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities? 

Organize, plan, and host monthly events 

Coordinate with BIAU to assist in their yearly events  

Recruit new participants (not really as much recruitment of volunteers) 

Facilitate relationships between participants and volunteers to ensure everyone is being included/enjoying themselves 

This position requires a strong mindfulness of the diversity of brain injuries and their effects. 


8. The Sharing Place

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program?

2-6 hours, some training is required.


Who does your program serve?

The Sharing Place is a resource for children and teens that have experienced the death of a loved one. The Sharing Place provides a safe and caring environment for children and their parents to share their feelings while learning healthy coping skills. Grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one. Within each of us is the capacity to heal. We provide that acceptance, caring and support in the healing process.

The Sharing Place offers peer support groups for children 3-18 years old and their families. It is through these support groups that the kids are heard without judgement, they learn healthy coping skills all while honoring their loved one who died.


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

Minimum 2 days per month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (Monday – Thursday, your choice)

There is a cost associated with the training and background check required for this program – it is possible to receive a scholarship or to utilize the Bennion Center budget for this.


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities? 

Participate as an active volunteer in a support group with children or adults. Aid the group coordinator by engaging with the kids during craft time, in discussions and during play. You will also assist the coordinator in keeping order during group and make sure that every child feels included. All volunteers attend an all-day volunteer training on how to support children who are grieving.


 

1. Edible Campus Gardens

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program?

1-4 hours 


Who does your program serve?

Students at the U and community members of the U 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

No. Very flexible. 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?  

Respond to emails. Coordinate with the community partner. Attend meetings. Volunteer at the gardens when we are holding sessions (currently inactive). Take new volunteers on garden tour and make them feel comfortable and ready to volunteer. 


 

2. Feed U Food Pantry

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

8 hours 


Who does your program serve? 

Students, staff, and faculty at University of Utah with valid uID 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available?

None 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities? 

Will have to fulfill UPC Feed U Pantry director responsibilities. This includes monthly Union board meetings, weekly Feed U Board meetings, weekly UPC directors meetings, and monthly UPC generals. 


3. Food Recovery Network

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program?

3-4 hours 


Who does your program serve?

Salt Lake Rescue Mission (unsheltered folx) 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

Shifts can be moved around, but Friday afternoons tend to be th most productive.  


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities? 

Historically, FRN leadership is the one to drive the food to the SL Rescue Mission. It's helpful if you can do this, but if you have a consistent and reliable volunteer, that works, too. 


4. Green Urban Lunchbox

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

1-3 hours depending on the season. 


Who does your program serve? 

Senior citizens. 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

Sign up for a committed volunteer time specific to the garden you want. 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?

Volunteer in a garden from April-October.


5. Meals on Wheels

On average, how many hours a week should a Program Liaison expect to commit to this program? 

6-7 hours 


Who does your program serve? 

We deliver meals to individuals, mostly seniors, whoare unable to get or prepare meals on their own. 


Are there specific days/times that you must be available? 

Very flexible, once a week, pick a weekday to volunteer for the rest of the semester, anytime between 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. 


What are your unique duties as the Program Liaison that are separate from your Bennion Center-specific responsibilities?  

-Try to have a small conversation with the person you are delivering to. That's one of the best parts of delivering. 

-The hardest part is to keep in touch with the volunteers, try your best to do so, it'll make the job easier to know what your volunteers are up to. 

-Reward the volunteers, Example: Holidays, or who delivered the most hours of the month gets a reward, so the volunteers can feel somewhat motivated. 

-If you don't know something, ask the staff partner or the community partner, keep in touch with them. 

-Do cover shifts if possible. 

-And just have fun with the program. 


 

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The Alternative Break program supports active citizenship by offering transformative justice- and travel-based volunteer experiences over university breaks where students engage in direct service, education, and dialogue in a team setting in order to address social and environmental issues. If you have participated in a U of U Alternative Breaks experience, you are eligible to apply for student Site Leader and EBoard positions! 


AB Site Leader Positions

Spend a year planning an immersive, justice-based community engagement experience for ten other students around an issue you’re passionate about.  Site Leaders are current U of U students that are paired with a Staff/Faculty Partner to support them through the process as they learn skills such as conflict resolution, community development theory, inclusion practices, and explore how justice relates to volunteerism both locally and nationally. 

Time Commitment: 5-8 hours a week 

What we look for in our Site Leaders: 

  • Positive, enthusiastic, and encouraging attitudes 
  • Mature, responsible, inclusive, passionate individuals 
  • Students whose commitments, class schedules, and work arrangements allow them to fully commit to the program and its requirements 

2021-2022 AB experiences tentatively* include: 


FALL EXPERIENCES 

  • Housing Justice: Seattle, WA 
  • Identity & Environmental Exploration (First-Generation Experience): San Rafael Swell, UT 
  • Immigration: San Diego, CA
  • Refugee & Human Rights (weekend): Salt Lake City, UT 
  • Urban Environmentalism: Portland, OR 
  • Wildlife Habitat Conservation: Lakeview, MT 

SPRING EXPERIENCES 

  • Animal Advocacy & Rehabilitation: Kanab, UT 
  • Coastal Ecosystem Restoration: Point Reyes, CA 
  • Community Health: Vancouver, B.C., Canada 
  • Defeminizing Poverty: Denver, CO 
  • Environmental Stewardship (weekend): Moab, UT 
  • HIV & AIDS: Hollywood, CA 
  • Housing Justice: Seattle, WA 
  • Hunger & Food Justice: Seattle, WA 
  • Immigration: San Diego, CA 
  • Indigeneity: Colorado Plateau 
  • Marine Conservation: Santa Cruz, CA 
  • Mass Incarceration: Bay Area, CA 
  • Queering Justice: Bay Area, CA 
  • Urban Environmentalism: Portland, OR 
  • Youth Empowerment: Las Vegas, NV 

*Students who are interested in proposing a new Alternative Breaks experience are encouraged to do so in coordination with J Swanger, Alternative Breaks Program Manager. 


 

The Alternative Break program supports active citizenship by offering transformative justice- and travel-based volunteer experiences over university breaks where students engage in direct service, education, and dialogue in a team setting in order to address social and environmental issues. If you have participated in a U of U Alternative Breaks experience, you are eligible to apply for student Site Leader and EBoard positions! 


AB Executive Board Positions

AB EBoard Coordinator responsibilities are in addition to Site Leader responsibilities. 
Each Coordinator also serves as a Site Leader with the AB Program. 

POSITION OVERVIEW (5-7 HRS PER WEEK IN ADDITION TO SL DUTIES) 

The purpose of the Chair Elect role is to create cohesion across the AB leadership team (includes Site Leaders) and support the current AB Chair. This role requires completion of administrative tasks, strong peer mentorship, group training facilitation, and other duties as assigned. 

*It is common practice for the Student Chair Elect to take on the AB Student Chair role the following year depending on a student’s graduation date. In other words, this role could be a two-year commitment with AB (but it does not have to be). 

  • Performance of site leader duties as described in SL application 
  • Full participation as a Site Leader in all retreats, trainings, meetings, and program requirements 
  • Provides ongoing administrative support to student Chair and AB Admin Team 
  • Attendance at summer Break Away conference (1 week) 
  • Foster the development of the Executive Board and board members (AB Coordinators) 
  • Provides support and recognition of individual Site Leader efforts 
  • Promote and cultivate a peer atmosphere for Site Leaders, creating a strong community presence in the program which encourages peer mentoring, collaboration, inclusion, and team unity 
  • Participates in weekly AB Admin staff meetings (1 hr a week) 
  • Bennion Center Student Board Representation (2-5 hrs a week) 
  • Attend Bennion Center events as available and necessary 
  • Coordinate attendance of Site Leaders at Bennion Center events in collaboration with the student board 
  • Serves as the key representative of the AB program and Bennion Center at all times 
  • Serves on selection committee for AB participants 
  • Enters post trip assessments and community partner surveys post Fall and Spring Break trips 
  • Reports directly to Alternative Breaks Coordinator 
  • Create and implement creative marketing and recruitment strategies with Executive Board 
  • Part of Staff Partner interviews if time allows 
  • Co-facilitate Reorientation 
  • Other administrative duties as needed in support of programmatic aims 

 

POSITION OVERVIEW (5-7 HRS PER WEEK IN ADDITION TO SL DUTIES) 

The purpose of the Design Coordinator role is to increase awareness and visibility of the AB program brand. This role requires development of recruitment materials and managing the AB program’s social media presence. 

  • Performance of site leader duties as described in SL application 
  • Full participation as a Site Leader in all retreats, trainings, meetings, and program requirements 
  • Develop all printed, physical, and non-social media marketing materials and branding elements for the Alternative Breaks program (including flyers, posters/banners for various displays, promotional videos, infographics and reports, etc.) 
  • Familiarity with Adobe cloud and previous experience in photo/video editing are desired (though not required) of the person in this role; flyer creation and print marketing techniques can be learned upon entering the position 
  • Manage and update the AB Bulletin Board outside of the Bennion Center 
  • Create a large visual display for the program in the display case of the Union building 
  • Assist AB Staff Coordinator with website communications and updates 
  • Assist Chair and Chair Elect in cultivating and promoting a peer atmosphere for Site Leaders, creating a strong community presence in the program which encourages peer mentoring, collaboration, inclusion, and team unity 
  • Help prepare the logistics of Fall and Spring Weekend Retreats (planning, facilitation, food, prep materials, agendas, etc.) 
  • Participate in weekly E-Board Meeting 
  • Other administrative duties as needed in support of programmatic aims

 

POSITION OVERVIEW (5-7 HRS PER WEEK IN ADDITION TO SL DUTIES) 

The purpose of the Development Coordinator role is to direct fundraising initiatives on behalf of the Alternative Breaks program to ensure the short-term financial accessibility for all potential AB participants as well as the long-term fiscal sustainability of the program. This role requires initiative, vision planning, creativity, and collaboration with multiple stakeholders. 

  • Performance of site leader duties as described in SL application 
  • Full participation as a Site Leader in all retreats, trainings, meetings, and program requirements 
  • Explore programmatic options for on- and off-campus fundraising/development initiatives 
  • Involve the AB Leadership Team and participants in a minimum of one fundraising event per semester 
  • Host one or two AB Financial Information sessions for student participants alongside the Bennion Center Staff Advisor and the Student Chair 
  • Assist in the selection of AB participants 
  • Enter Post-Trip Assessments and Community Partner Surveys upon the completion of AB trips 
  • Encourage Site Leaders to attend Legacy of Lowell, Saturday Service Projects, and other Bennion Center events 
  • Assist Chair and Chair Elect in cultivating and promoting a peer atmosphere for Site Leaders, creating a strong community presence in the program which encourages peer mentoring, collaboration, inclusion, and team unity 
  • Help prepare the logistics of Fall and Spring Weekend Retreats (planning, facilitation, food, prep materials, agendas, etc.) 
  • Other administrative duties as needed in support of programmatic aims 

 

POSITION OVERVIEW (5-7 HRS PER WEEK IN ADDITION TO SL DUTIES) 

The purpose of the Recruitment Coordinator role is to provide ongoing invitations to participate or collaborate with the AB program and for the AB brand to be shared. This role requires organization of Site Leader tabling opportunities, classroom presentations, and utilizing university communications networks. 

  • Performance of site leader duties as described in SL application 
  • Full participation as a Site Leader in all retreats, trainings, meetings, and program requirements 
  • Coordinates with Chair, Executive Board, and Admin Team to carry out all recruitment initiatives, with delegation to the AB team, by submitting proposals, coordinating presentation opportunities for classrooms and student groups, organizing tabling supplies and opportunities, etc. 
  • Submit proposals and coordinate presentation opportunities for self, Executive Board, and Site Leaders 
  • Admin tracking of student VIF forms and student attendance at info sessions 
  • Assist Chair and Chair Elect in cultivating and promoting a peer atmosphere for Site Leaders, creating a strong community presence in the program which encourages peer mentoring, collaboration, inclusion, and team unity 
  • Help prepare the logistics of Fall and Spring Weekend Retreats (planning, facilitation, food, prep materials, agendas, etc.) 
  • Participates in weekly AB E-Board meetings 
  • Other administrative duties as needed in support of programmatic aims 

 

POSITION OVERVIEW (5-7 HRS PER WEEK IN ADDITION TO SL DUTIES) 

The purpose of the Reorientation Coordinator role is to support the process of reorientation during pre-trip, on-trip, and post-trip transformation. This role requires collaboration and resource sharing between the AB team and community organizations to promote local active citizenship. 

  • Performance of site leader duties as described in SL application 
  • Full participation as a Site Leader in all retreats, trainings, meetings, and program requirements 
  • Get Site Leaders & Participants out to Legacy of Lowell, BC Events, and Saturday Service Projects 
  • Plan and coordinate Reorientation event with EBoard, Admin Team, guest speakers/presenters, and participants attending and create a post-reorientation newsletter 
  • Explore and share information about opportunities to keep AB community engaged in the local community, including creating a reorientation newsletter 
  • Assist Chair Elect in cultivating and promoting a peer atmosphere for site leaders, creating a strong community presence in the program which encourages peer mentoring, collaboration, inclusion and team unity 
  • Help prepare the logistics of Fall and Spring Weekend Retreats (planning, facilitation, food, prep materials, agendas, etc.) 
  • Participates in weekly AB E-Board meetings 
  • Other administrative duties as needed in support of programmatic aims 

 

POSITION OVERVIEW (5-7 HRS PER WEEK IN ADDITION TO SL DUTIES) 

The purpose of the Social Media Coordinator role is to increase awareness and visibility of the AB program brand via online platforms. This role requires the management of the AB program’s social media and online presence as well as contribution to the larger Bennion Center’s social media initiatives. 

  • Performance of site leader duties as described in SL application 
  • Full participation as a Site Leader in all retreats, trainings, meetings, and program requirements 
  • Coordinates the management of all social media for the program (AB Instagram account, AB Facebook page; serve as liaison for BC Instagram/Facebook/Twitter accounts/pages) 
  • Includes developing overarching and holistic social media plans/campaigns; developing original content for the program; and soliciting, reviewing, and posting content from the program’s Site Leaders 
  • Assists AB Program Manager with website communications and updates 
  • It is expected that the person in this role will also contribute to the program’s event planning and execution, insofar as capacity and interest allow 
  • Assist Chair and Chair Elect in cultivating and promoting a peer atmosphere for Site Leaders, creating a strong community presence in the program which encourages peer mentoring, collaboration, inclusion, and team unity 
  • Help prepare the logistics of Fall and Spring Weekend Retreats (planning, facilitation, food, prep materials, agendas, etc.) 
  • Participate in weekly E-Board Meeting 
  • Other administrative duties as needed in support of programmatic aims 

 

Please contact J Swanger at j.swanger@utah.edu or (801) 587-9027 if you are interested in the Chair Elect or Coordinator roles. 

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Last Updated: 3/1/21