There are two primary components to PROSPER: a school-based program and a family-based program. While teachers and extension staff lead the school-based program, we rely on volunteers to lead our family-based programs. OSU and its partners provide free trainings (travel and food included) for all teachers and facilitators to implement these programs. Read more about the family-based program, Strengthening Families Program 10-14 (SFP 10-14), here.
We are always looking for passionate individuals willing to volunteer their time to bring an evidence-based substance misuse prevention program to their communities. This is a wonderful opportunity for community members with a passion, background, or interest in substance misuse prevention, youth wellness, or group facilitation to gain experience and make a lasting impact.
Gain invaluable experience and make a positive impact on families in your community—become a volunteer facilitator!
What is expected of a volunteer facilitator?
Volunteer facilitators receive free training and technical assistance from OSU staff to implement programs with youth and their families.
- Provide care to participants without discrimination as to race, religion, sex, age, or disabling condition.
- Present Basic concepts of Strengthening Families Program, Life Skills program.
- Uphold and consistently follow program and licensing regulations and procedures carefully.
- Lead activities, including active games.
- Share leadership and work with individual families as they have family discussions, complete projects, and complete learning activities together.
- Maintain positive, professional working relationships with consumers, their families, and other agency staff. This is demonstrated through parental and supervisory evaluations.
- Attend required meetings and in-service training sessions, including mandatory annual training sessions.
- Must act as a mandatory reporter in accordance with State of Ohio reporting requirements. [Policy 1.50 Activities and Program with Minor Participants].
- Other duties as assigned.
Volunteer Facilitator Minimum Qualifications:
- Able to communicate effectively with the families that they work with.
- Must be a sensitive and mature individual who is able to relate well to both children and adults.
- Strong presentation and facilitation skills and the ability to encourage participants to try new skills.
- Ability to be flexible with individuals and activities.
- Willingness to prepare before the session in order to lead effectively.
- Willingness to fill out any reporting requests and collect participant data.
- Willingness to teach the program as designed with fidelity.
- Able and willing to be a team player and to work cooperatively with their supervisor.
- Minimum 18 years of age and have a High School diploma or equivalent, or able to obtain within six months of hire.
- Possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license or government identification
- Able to pass and provide a Background Check that meets State of Ohio, and The Ohio State University requirements.
Interested in becoming a Volunteer Facilitator? Contact us!