There are four main WAY Alliance volunteer positions that we call the Big 4. These four positions are vital in helping us accomplish our mission to serve youth aging out of foster care.
The Big 4 volunteer positions are the:
We call these positions the Big 4 because they make up the core of our program. Each of these positions has ongoing responsibilities, and each volunteer position is connected—or matched—to a specific youth in our program.
You can click on the links above to read about the other volunteer positions, but in this post, we’ll talk about the Resource Coordinator.
The Resource Coordinator
WAY Alliance Resource Coordinators work one-on-one with a youth to assist them in accessing local resources. Since most resources are only available during business hours, volunteer Resource Coordinators need to be available during normal business hours at least a few days a week.
When a youth is first referred to our program, our Resource Director will conduct an assessment of the youth’s resource needs. That assessment includes needs related to things like:
- community support
The results of that Resource Assessment will then be turned into a Resource Plan that will prioritize the needs of the youth.
The youth’s Resource Coordinator—whom we also called the RC—will then meet with the youth, and using the Resource Plan and the WAY Alliance Resource Database, they will work together to determine which community resources will best meet those needs. For example, if the youth is in need of housing, with the RC’s assistance, the youth might contact a local Transitional Living Program (such as Zoie’s Place or Kyle’s Place) and set up a time to meet with the intake specialists. The Resource Coordinator would then provide transportation for the youth to that meeting and would be there by the youth’s side as a support, offering input if needed to help the youth access the resource. Resource Coordinators may also help the youth secure important identification documents like their birth certificate or a photo ID.
Resource Coordinators will receive online and in-person training to prepare them for their role.
- Sign up for an upcoming Volunteer Info Meeting to learn more about how you can volunteer.
- Download a printable PDF that describes the role and responsibilities of a Resource Coordinator.