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Volunteer Supervision

Volunteer Supervision

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This guide was developed by Rachelle Solt-Phillips with Crisis Services’ Police MentalHealth Coordination Project, with the assistance of the Honorable Robert T. Russell andJack O’Connor.Questions regarding the Mentoring Program Guide should be directed to Rachelle Solt-Phillips via email:rdsolt@buffalo.eduFor information regarding the Veterans Court or the court mentor program, please contactJack O’Connor at (716) 858-7435.For information on the Police Mental Health Coordination Project, contact David Mann atdfmbflo@gmail.comwww.pmhcp.com www.crisisservices.org 
 
Mission and Vision
Mission
A mission statement is a statement of the scope and purpose of a program or organization. Amission statement defines the core activities of the program. A mission statement is thesolidification of the far off goal of a program or organization. A mission statement also servesare a point of pride for all program staff and volunteers.Ideas:
To support the veteran through their readjustment to civilian life.
To assist the veteran navigate through the court, treatment, and VA systems.
To act as an ally during a time of vulnerability.
Vision
A vision statement is an imaginative representation of what the program or organization wants to be. A vision statement is a bold statement about the strength and dedication of a program or organization. A vision statement is intended to inspire and generate enthusiasm within programstaff, volunteers, and leadership.Ideas:
 No one is left behind.Developing a Mission and VisionBoth the mission and vision statements should be generated by a group of stakeholders;leadership, staff, and volunteers, in order to obtain a mission and vision that can be supported byall levels of a program or organization. Visioning exercises can be used to assist participants todevelop a mental picture of where they see the organization or program in five or ten years.These mental pictures can be used to develop both the vision and mission for an organization or  program. Both statements should be made in positive terms, in the present tense, concrete andspecific, and concise. Additionally the statements should not be confined; the sky is the limit.
Please take the time either alone or in small groups to generate a picture of what youwould like the mentoring program to look like in 5 years. (1-2 pages)
What will the program be doing? How will those activities be happening? What wouldyou like to see? How would mentors in the program act? What is their role? How dothey feel about the work they do?
Goals and Objectives
The goal of the mentoring program is to offer emotional and practical support to veterans thathave entered the criminal justice system, through listening, teaching, and advocating. Mentorsact as coaches, facilitators, advisors, sponsors, and supports for veterans in the program in order to assist in the successful completion of the diversionary program.The objectives of the mentoring program are that identified veterans will meet with a mentor after every court appearance, veterans will feel supported by the mentoring program, andveterans will successfully complete the court diversion program.

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