Thirty-eight (38) Volunteer Managers from across California came together July in Burbank, California. The Volunteer managers participated in a training  institute that provided them with core skills around the development and management of volunteer programs for rape crisis centers. The Institute focused on marketing, adult learning theories, curriculum development and  training content for certification, California statutes and CAL-EMA requirements. 
This was a two-day intensive where participants developed a marketing plan to target specific types of volunteers to fit their agency needs and develop segments of training content for their volunteer training programs. Attendees completed group homework assignments and provided presentations the next day on either a marketing plan or training content.
In addition, a representative from CAL-EMA provided insight on California statutes and CAL-EMA requirements for Volunteer Training Certification. The training ended with a myriad of information around the Human Resources of volunteers: finger printing, volunteer policies, interviewing, time sheets, scheduling, leaves of absence, realistic expectations, etc.
The concept, content and theme of the training was organized from a planning committee of experienced Volunteer Managers from rape crisis centers and CALCASA staff. This was an awesome training and I look forward to working those in the field on the upcoming training this Fall 2009/Winter 2010.