NEXT TRAINING SESSION: February 2016
Learn More about Being a Volunteer with The Aurora Center
The Aurora Center offers volunteer opportunities at The University of Minnesota that are focused on providing support to survivors and educating to the campus. All positions are designed to foster leadership and professional skill development for volunteers.
All prospective volunteers must attend orientation and training prior to taking a volunteer position. Trainings are scheduled a few times a year; see the next scheduled training sessions.
Violence Prevention Educators (VPE) (Training Spring 2016)
Violence Prevention Educators (VPEs) give presentations to college peers on the issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and other related topics. They gain language skills to have conversations with friends and community members to foster change through leadership development. Find out more, or attend the next training.
Direct Service Advocates (Training Spring 2016)
Direct Service Advocates are trained to listen, provide support, and explain options to callers on our 24-hour help line during non-business hours. Advocates may also do follow-up work with clients in the office. Find out more, or attend the next training.
Special Projects Volunteers (Training June 2016)
Looking to get involved with our office? Would you be interested in representing The Aurora Center by staffing various events across campus? The Special Projects Volunteer (SPV) position may be for you!
During our 6 hour training, you will learn important information about preventing sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking and supporting survivors. Download our Volunteer Application Packet and submit to Jerie Smith, Volunteer Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline of Friday, May 1, 2015.
No prior experience is needed to volunteer at the Aurora Center, as comprehensive and ongoing training is provided. We require all volunteers to be 18 years or older.
Undergraduate Students & Graduate Student
Staff & Faculty
Community Service-Learning Center
Students from other colleges and universities in the Twin Cities
Upon receiving your application, you will be contacted to schedule a pre-training interview with an Aurora Center staff member. From there, information about the training and required reading materials will be provided. At training, you will be given a training manual.
After training, you are expected to complete an individual orientation in order to be considered to volunteer. This usually takes place within 1 to 2 weeks after training, at which point you will be ready to volunteer. You will then start to attend regular volunteer meetings and sign up for shifts on call (advocates) or presentations (VPEs).
If there is a need for more Office Advocates, Help Line Advocates who wish to be Office Advocates will be informed of an upcoming 6-hour training and the available hours to work in the office.
Next 40 hour Certification Training will be held in February2016. Application Deadline is November 30, 2015.
This is our advanced training for:
Please contact Jerie Smith with questions.