Supervisory Focus Area #1 (Part 4)

Coach successful implementation of the VAD

Katherine: I thought that might be the case. Let's think about how we can meet your goals, which are capacity building and still give you people time. Because working in the food bank is direct service and although it's okay for you to go there some days, it is really not part of your role as a VISTA. By the end of the first three months we want to see you out in the community more and in the food bank less.

Arlene: Will I expand the net of people I work with?

Katherine: That's the idea. Let's do some brainstorming together about how you can use your people skills and work with people, but not necessarily our clients.

Arlene: Well, if we need volunteers, I could put together some informational meetings about what we do. Or maybe put up a booth at the Farmer's Market.

Katherine: Those are great ideas. Where else could you advertise about our work?

Arlene: Well, in the library, in supermarkets, maybe even in schools. (Arlene starts to get excited.) I know someone who works in the children's book section at the bookstore downtown and the secretary at the high school.

  • A) Katherine: Great. So what do you think you need to do to make this happen?
    Good choice! This supervisor is encouraging and guides Arlene to make a plan. Especially in the beginning of their term of service, members may need help defining the steps needed to implement their VAD.
  • B) Katherine: Your contacts are important. But I don't want you just calling your friends.
    This supervisor continues to tell Arlene what to do. It is important to listen to members and validate their skills and networks. Take a look at the other responses and see if you can find one that guides more than dictates.
  • C) Okay, I guess that's it then. You have a plan!
    Close. This supervisor is encouraging, but is not following the conversation through to its end. Especially in the beginning of their term of service, members may need help defining the steps needed to implement their VAD. This means sticking with them as they do that. Take a look at the other responses and see if you can find one that coaches more actively.

Let's see how Katherine concludes her coaching session with Arlene


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