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Volunteers are the life blood of mentoring organizations and life savers to young people everywhere. NYAVA helps us pass along volunteer recruitment and management best practices to hundreds of youth mentoring programs throughout New York City. 
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The Professional Development Committee coordinates professional development workshops throughout the year. Our topics are based on trends in the industry, and more importantly, input taken from participant evaluations: we do listen to you! Members may use up to two membership vouchers per year to bring a non-member colleague free of charge to qualifying workshops.


December 13, 2018
Managing Legacy Volunteers: Keeping Rockstars, Resisters and Returnees on Your Team
Time: 3:00-5:00PM
Location: Melville Gallery, South Street Seaport, 213 Water Street, New York, NY 10036
About The Workshop:

At South Street Seaport Museum, some of our volunteers have been on the scene for decades. In some cases, their status as old timers, survivors, pioneers, experts, etc. comes with a sense of entitlement which can be a challenge to manage. Some of them may miss the old days when things were different (better), some may question how things are being done now. In addition, some volunteers are or were professionals in the relevant field with a great deal of experience.

Keeping them engaged and positive in order to benefit from their experience and devotion, while helping them change with the times requires creative solutions. Their influence on new volunteers may help or hinder our efforts to integrate them into our organization.

 3 major goals:

  1. Identifying potential problems with long time or highly skilled volunteers in your program.
  2. Developing strategies for getting and keeping them on your side, engaged and positive in order to benefit from their experience and devotion, while helping them evolve with your current management structure. 
  3. Fostering an atmosphere where legacy volunteers mentor new volunteers with enthusiasm for the way things are being done now.

About The Speaker:

Richard Dorfman’s volunteering experience includes serving on awards and program committees for the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (1992 – 1993), volunteer crewmember for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater (1996 – 1999), the schooner Pioneer (1997 – 2009) and the full-rigged ship Wavertree (2000) and he serves on the boards of his coop and for NYAVA.

Volunteer management experience includes serving as VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR for the full-rigged ship Wavertree restoration for South Street Seaport Museum, (2000-2004 and 2007 – 2009); DIRECTOR OF VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH for South Street Seaport Museum, (2000-2003); WEEKEND WATERFRONT MANAGER, for South Street Seaport Museum (2007 – 2009);  MASTER of the schooner Pioneer (2009- 2015); DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS for the restoration of the US lighthouse tender Lilac (2015 – 2017); and he currently serves as BOATSWAIN for the full-rigged ship Wavertree.

He has also worked as a Theatrical Lighting Designer, Stage Manager, Architectural and exhibition Lighting Designer, and Product Designer and has taught Stage Design at Drew University and Architectural Lighting Design at Queens College.

He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Drew University and a MFA in Stage Design from

NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He also received training in the Principles and Practices of Volunteer Program Management with the NY Association for Volunteer Administration.

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