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Coordinated and delivered nationally by Volunteering Queensland since 2013, and supported by Volunteering Australia and all State and Territory Peak volunteering bodies, National Student Volunteer Week 2021 (#NSVW21) acknowledges and celebrates student volunteers, and promotes volunteering to students and young people across Australia.
We invite all education providers, volunteer organisations and students across the country to participate in National Student Volunteer Week. In 2021, all participants will have access to resources to assist with planning and executing volunteering activities as well as promoting volunteer events and campaigns.
National Student Volunteer Week gives students the opportunity to lead others in connecting to their community and offering kindness. Students are provided with the chance to explore the personal and professional benefits of volunteering, which include valuable work experience, enhanced feelings of self-worth, refinement of values, increased understanding of people, local and global issues, and reduced social isolation. NSVW also recognises the significant skills, ideas, enthusiasm, creativity, and time that young people contribute through volunteering.
National Student Volunteer Week empowers students and young people to rise up and participate in their local communities. The connection gained provides students with a sense of belonging and ownership, whilst developing leadership and empathy skills.
Together, we aim to
- Celebrate, promote and support student volunteering
- Empowering young people to discuss and innovate their introduction to, and journey through volunteering
- Strengthen relationships between the education, youth and non-profit sectors
- Build a mighty new generation of volunteers to uplift our communities.
NSVW over the years
About Volunteering Queensland and NSVW
Volunteering Queensland is proud to lead National Student Volunteer Week in collaboration with Volunteering Australia and all State and Territory peak volunteering bodies.
The Australian NSVW concept was borne at Volunteering Queensland's university roundtable which brought together key academics, researchers and community engagement managers from universities across Queensland. Universities involved included Bond University, CQ University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, and University of Queensland.
The idea was that engagement in the community during the academic years was an excellent way to build connection, grow confidence, give students valuable skills and work experience, and have a lot of fun. Thus in 2013, Volunteering Queensland launched the first National Student Volunteer Week and the concept has gone from strength to strength year on year since. Now in its 9th year, we want to make this the biggest and best celebration yet!
Volunteering Queensland Research and Articles
Reports on young people produced by Volunteering Queensland include:
- Channeling Enthusiasm into Sustained Action: Fostering the Changemakers Journey
- Youth Leading Youth: A look at organisations led by young people
- Young People as Volunteers: A guide to moving beyond traditional practices
- Innovative Student Engagement
- Volunteering Australia
- Volunteering Queensland
- The Centre for Volunteering (NSW)
- Volunteering SA&NT
- Volunteering Tasmania
- Volunteering Victoria
- Volunteering WA
Queensland Grants support by the Queensland Government
Supported by the Queensland Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, Volunteering Queensland is proud to offer the National Student Volunteer Week Small Grants Program. The small grants will be available to all universities, TAFEs, colleges, schools, and registered not-for-profit organisation that offer volunteering opportunities and programs for students, or that will celebrate, and promote volunteering to students.
More information will be available in the coming weeks. A link to the grants application will be sent to the Volunteering Queensland Members, school contacts and general email subscription base.
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