Category Archives: Blaine House Conference

Using Service-Learning to Enhance Your After-School Environment

by Laura Rog After-school programming was one of my favorite activities when I worked as a K-12 service-learning coordinator. It provided such a rich environment for exploration and engagement – the students loved learning to cook healthy snacks, challenging their … Continue reading

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The Importance of Being Earnest

by Daniel Martinage, CAE It’s that time of the year again—with summer over and autumn in full swing many of us have a renewed sense of purpose, energy and intention. Although the New Year is most often associated with people … Continue reading

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“Hi! Nice to Meet You. Let’s Get Married.” How (Not) to Start a Partnership AND How to Prepare

by Lori Tsuruda Nearly everyone wants to be in a good partnership, but just as in our personal lives, it’s important to take the time to identify mutually beneficial interests and to invest effort into developing a relationship instead of … Continue reading

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Motivation As We Age

by Anne Schink Laura Carstensen of Stanford University has conducted research about emotional and psychological changes as people age. She looked at three key variables: social interactions, knowledge gains and information seeking, and future possibilities. If we connect those lessons … Continue reading

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Data is not Analysis

by Ross Lasley I love talking with people about geeky things – it is just the most fun. Recently I’ve been speaking to a wide variety of groups and I keep running across what I call the “oh” moment, like … Continue reading

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Blaine House Conference, 2011

by Eileen Buzzello I had the opportunity to participate in the 25th annual Blaine House Conference this past week. This is Maine’s only conference targeted toward volunteer managers and administrators and the theme this year was “Imagine Service”. Hopefully many … Continue reading

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Blaine House Session Highlights Advocacy by Nonprofits & Service Programs

by Brenda Peluso Unfortunately many nonprofits believe if they work to influence public policy, they risk losing their tax-exempt status; therefore, they do not participate fully in our democracy and the expertise they possess and the voices of their constituents … Continue reading

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Taking Service From Nice to Smart – Using Service-Learning Techniques to Build Your Service Experiences with Youth

by Laura Rog As a service-learning trainer with generationOn, I meet regularly with inspiring educators from around the country. I get to hear amazing stories of how these educators work to help youth make their mark on the world, and … Continue reading

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Service-Learning in Out-of-School Time: Capitalizing on the Perfect Opportunity

by: Shammara Wright Studies show that three to six pm is the most dangerous time for youth. It is during these hours children become most likely to commit crime (juvenile crime triples during these hours), be the victims of crime, … Continue reading

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Blog post on Pro Bono Volunteers

by Anne Schink Working with pro bono volunteers requires a different mind set than your previous experience in dealing with direct service volunteers. You need to be prepared to engage highly skilled volunteers when you have the opportunity. To learn … Continue reading

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