Best Practices for Virtual Services to Children, Youth, and Families: 2020 Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism

Presented by Susan Linn, President & CEO, Epilepsy Foundation New England; Chanda Gunn, Director of Youth Services, Epilepsy Foundation New England; Sarah Specht, Camp Coordinator, Epilepsy Foundation New England

Session Description:

On March 16, 2020, Epilepsy Foundation New  England began rolling out daily virtual engagement programs for children, youth, and families. The Foundation is offering 35-40 virtual programs per week.  We’ve learned so much about what works well and what doesn’t work as well – both in terms of content (e.g., cooking and hip hop via zoom) and in terms of delivery (e.g., helping children succeed on zoom), and we invite you to learn from us.  Foundation staff will share our Virtual Best Practice Highlights.  Breakout room discussions will allow Q&A for organizations working with younger children and tips for camps, youth and young adults, and more.

Session Goals:

  • Develop practical skills for providing effective services in virtual spaces
  • Learn ideas for content that is engaging to children, youth, and families in the virtual space
  • Understand best practices for helping service recipients be safe and successful in virtual meetings