Incorporate leadership opportunities within volunteer roles for Millennials

Volunteering is an opportunity for learning and growth for young people. One method to increase engagement in a volunteer role is to introduce an opportunity for Millennials to demonstrate leadership beyond personal leadership.

Some ideas:

  • Ask for their feedback about another area of the organization. “I know you are involved in area XYZ, but I’m interested to hear if you have any ideas about ABC.”
  • Ask them to share their knowledge with others. Facilitate a rotation of lunch and learns where each volunteer can teach other volunteers a specific skill, tool, or base of knowledge.
  • Ask them for input on the volunteer role. Part way through the role, ask for their advice on changes to the volunteer orientation, the way volunteers are organized, or the volunteer work itself.