NEXT TRAINING SESSION: January 2015
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.
The 2014-2015 Volunteer Application Packet is now available. Please contact Jerie Smith with questions or to submit your application form.
Violence Prevention Educators (VPE) (training starts Jan. 30, 2015)
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 (not accepting applications at this time)
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 is May 2015)
Want to volunteer but can’t fully commit to the other volunteer positions? Contact Jerie Smith for ways you can help. Completion of the volunteer application AND volunteer training are required to be a Special Projects Volunteer. Attend the next training.
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.
Special Project Volunteer Training: May 2015 - 6 hour on campus SPV training May 2015. Application Deadline is May 1 2015.
Next 40 hour All-Volunteer Training will be held January/February 2015 on campus; Application Deadline will be November 28, 2014.
Friday 1/30/2015: 2-8 (6 hrs)
Saturday 1/31/2015: 10-6 (8 hrs)
Sunday 2/1/2015: 10-3 (5 hrs)
Tuesday 2/3/2015: 3-8 (5 hrs)
Wednesday 2/4/2015: 4-8 (4 hrs)
Friday 2/6/2015: 2-8 (6 hrs)
Saturday 2/7/2015: 10-4 (6 hrs).
This is our advanced training for:
Please contact Jerie Smith with questions.