“Behind every great chapter are great volunteers.” The late Grand President Phil Cox, Indiana ’84, would regularly remind us that volunteers are the core of successful and impactful SigEp programs and events for undergraduate brothers and alumni.
The work you do is transformational in helping ensure each undergraduate brother has the opportunity for a life-changing, developmental brotherhood experience. And we want to make sure that you have the training and resources you need to succeed in working with the chapter and mentoring undergraduates.
Training at Carlson Leadership Academies
We are excited to invite you to join us for the volunteer experience at one of SigEp’s 2023 Carlson Leadership Academies this winter. If you’ve been to Carlson before, the newly created training for volunteers is far expanded to benefit each and every volunteer – new or seasoned, and in any role that works with our undergraduate brothers.
Volunteers will leave the program with a better understanding of the Fraternity and campus landscape and most importantly, filled with insight on how to work with and mentor today’s undergraduates. You’ll engage in programs, TED-Talk style sessions, round tables and networking time with your peers and District Governor, as well as have an opportunity to deepen your connections with the undergraduates you work with to advance their goals.
As a volunteer, what you do matters immensely, so SigEp is invested in your success. The National Volunteer Development Committee has revamped volunteer training to provide multi-faceted experiences – foundational, on-demand, and ongoing training programs – that will enrich the volunteer experience and, in turn, help you empower and develop our young leaders. Volunteers like you have been asking for it, and the new programming at Carlson is just the start!
Coming to a city near you
Any volunteer who works with undergraduates will find benefit – whether new or seasoned, and we hope as many as possible from your AVC or mentor committee will attend. As a volunteer, you are able to attend the program most convenient to you — the one your undergraduates are slated to attend, or the one closest to your home.
Training will including 8 sessions about the fundamentals of serving as a mentor, coach and advisor, including:
- 21st Century SigEp
- The fraternity world today
- SigEp Headquarters operations
- Effective volunteer skills
- Introduction to mentoring
- Communicating across generations
- Coaching about member safety
- University partnership
These will be paired with role-based roundtable discussions for AVC presidents, chapter counselors, balanced man stewards, and mentors for vice presidents and chaplains. Volunteers will also have networking time with each other and their district governors.
Volunteers (or their AVCs) are responsible for the registration fee of $300/person, which includes all meals on Saturday, program materials, etc.
Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Philip A. Cox Volunteer Institute endowment, each chapter is eligible to receive $150 off one volunteer registration. To claim your AVC’s discount code, please complete this brief form, and a member of the volunteer services team will be in touch soon with more information on how to apply the discount. Please note that all volunteers are responsible for their own lodging and travel expenses.
Visit the registration page, search for the chapter you volunteer with and click the corresponding link!
Reach out to Volunteer Engagement and Education Director, Brian Tenclinger!
I need to attend a different Carlson than the one my undergraduates are slated to attend. What do I do?
As a volunteer, you are able to attend the program most convenient to you — the one your undergraduates are slated to attend, or the one closest to your home. On the registration page, simply click the link of the program you want to attend.
Volunteer Listening Tour
Brian Tenclinger, SigEp's Volunteer Engagement and Education Director, embarked on a 24-city "listening tour" to hear more about your volunteer experience and share details about SigEp's strategic plan. The listening tour concluded in mid-May 2022, and your feedback is being compiled. If you'd still like to provide feedback, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.