Welcome to the PowerUP! Institute Self Directed Volunteer Teams™ Tutorial

This tutorial has been designed as an introduction to the concepts and training for developing Self-Directed Volunteer Teams™ through The Aging Network’s Volunteer Collaborative and its PowerUP! Institute and our partner the Self Directed Volunteer Network (SDVN). The Aging Network’s Volunteer Collaborative is a national resource center funded by the U.S. Administration on Community Living (www.acl.gov) and managed by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (www.n4a.org).

We encourage you to work at your own pace through the pages and links to gain a good understanding of all of the various components of self-directed teams as well as what you can expect after enrollment, should you decide to enroll.

Of course if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us using the Contact Page at the end of the tutorial. Please remember to submit the tutorial conclusion confirmation. Let’s get started!

How This Works

This tutorial is split into the following four parts:

Part 1: Volunteer Engagement Strategy

We will begin by introducing The Aging Network’s Volunteer Collaborative PowerUP! volunteer engagement strategy and the PowerUP! Institute. We will discuss what the strategy is and why it is important.

Part 2: Intro to Self-Directed Volunteer Teams and The Power UP! Institute

In this section, we will introduce you to self-directed volunteer teams™ and The Self Directed Volunteer Network (SDVN). This network specializes in the promotion of self-directed volunteering, which is a key component in our strategy. We will discuss what self-directed volunteering is and why it is effective in extending the reach and program outcomes of organizations like yours.

Part 3: Enrollment

In this section, you can enroll in the PowerUP! Institute SDVN training.

Part 4: What to Expect After Enrollment

Finally, we will discuss the logistics and expectations for the PowerUP! Insititute. We will give you the details, expected resources and contact information in case you have further questions.

Let’s Get Started!

Thank you for taking the time to begin this brief tutorial. At the bottom of each page, you will find a link navigating you to the next section as well as a bar showing your progress. Also feel free to switch from part to part using the navigation menu to the left. We hope that you leave this tutorial knowing more about self-directed teams and ready for the next step in your PowerUP! training.


The SDVN Team and The Aging Network’s Volunteer Collaborative

Tutorial Completion Progress

Ready to get Started? Then let’s go to the next step:
Part 1 – Introducing The PowerUp! Volunteer Engagement Strategy