Part 1: The Self Directed Volunteer Team Model
The Self Directed Volunteer Team (SDVT) model is based on diverse, multi-skilled volunteer teams who share responsibility for addressing a challenge or opportunity in their local community, or in their sponsoring agency. Volunteer teams carry out projects that extend the organizations’ capacity to serve others.
The team is empowered and accountable for the process and the results, working within general parameters set by the team itself and the sponsoring organization. The self-directed volunteer team concept expands the reach and capacity of the sponsoring organization, addresses community issues, and provides personal satisfaction and other benefits to volunteers.
The SDVT model has been developed to guide self-directed volunteer teams in civic engagement and represents a carefully designed set of elements, supported by the literature and evidence from successful programs over several years. The Self Directed Volunteer Network™ provides hands-on training based on this research-based framework.
The key elements of the SDVT model are now documented standards, with supporting curriculum, tools, templates and guides, and intended for implementation in diverse settings. These resources and more are made available to participants in our training programs (enroll here). Each team can draw on the support and experience of the SDVN, which systematically reviews and supports standards of practice across the community.
The SDVN model provides organizations with tools and resources to effectively engage self directed volunteer teams to extend the reach of their mission. This engagement also supports volunteers in addressing their interests and growing their own skills, health and lifelong learning. Local communities benefit from the outcomes of the volunteer team projects.