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Upcoming Information Sessions

  • September 1, 12pm-1pm
    General Info Session
  • September 7, 12pm-1pm
    Travel Scholarship Info Session
  • September 13, 4pm-5pm
    Travel Scholarship Info Session
  • Septemer 28, 1pm-3pm
    Bailey Office Hours
  • October 6, 12pm-1pm
    Internship Scholarship Info Session
  • October 10, 4pm-5pm
    Internship Scholarship Info Session
  • November 7, 1pm-3pm
    Bailey Office Hours

All events take place at the University YMCA, 1001 S. Wright St, Champaign, IL 61820

Upcoming Deadlines

  • August 22 - Classes Begin
  • 9/1/16   Travel Apps Open (Period 1) Travel Fall 2016 - 4 Week
  • 9/1/2016   Internship Funding Application Available Online for Spring 2017 internships 
  • 10/3/16   Travel App Deadline (Period 1) 
  • 11/11/16   Internship Funding Application due for Spring 2017 internships
  • November 19-28 - Fall Break
  • 2/16/2017   Bailey Undergraduate Scholarship Applications due (Changed from February 7)

Upcoming Workshops

INTRO TO PUBLIC SPEAKING
September 7 | 5pm-6pm | University YMCA | Board Room

Gain practical advice on how to identify areas where you can improve on your public speaking skills and successful strategies for actual improvement.  Learn from the firsthand experience of Jennifer Romine, how to go from public presentation novice to savvy spokesperson through external feedback, self reflection, practice, and some tried and true tips and tricks.  Jennifer Romine taught Communication 101: Intro to Public Speaking at the University of Illinois while finishing a Ph.D in Political Science and currently works at the University YMCA.

FUNDRAISING 101
September 21 | 5pm-6pm | University YMCA | Board Room

Fundraising is critical for a successful student group or organization, but it’s also a key skill that you’ll use in the real world beyond your student group. Through this fundraising workshop, students will learn fundraising opportunities and strategies, methods, and the technology behind fundraising as well as how to work together to accomplish successful events as a group or organization.  Emily Cross is the Development Officer at the University YMCA and a past student of the Y. She has a huge passion for student programs in light of the impact they made on her life. Emily received her Bachelor of Sciences at Illinois in Earth, Society and Environment and her Master’s in Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  DINNER WILL BE PROVIDED.

 

DEVELOPING A COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY
October 26 | 5-6pm | University YMCA | Wahl Room


Did you know that having a communications plan for your organization is the first step in developing a solid media relations campaign for your cause? Communications Director, Megan Flowers covers the key elements of a communications strategy using exercises to establish goals, target audiences, and develop messages that move people to action as well as how press/PR plans, web strategies and marketing plans fit into your organization's overall communications strategy. Megan Flowers has acted as Communications Director of the University YMCA since 2012. She has trained with Chicago-based Community Workshop, Constant Contact, University of Illinois Center for Global Studies, and YMCA of the USA.

 

PLANNING EFFECTIVE PROGRAMS & EVENTS
November 3 | 5pm-6:30pm | University YMCA

Retired Associate Dean of Students, Willard Broom gives an in depth overview of the University of Illinois administration. Learn about the structure, who does what, and how to approach the University of Illinois about the changes you want to see. Willard will provide individual coaching for students who are in the midst of a campaign or just thinking about starting one. DINNER WILL BE PROVIDED.


WORKING THE ROOM: THE SECRETS TO EFFECTIVE NETWORKING
November 10 | 6:30-7:30pm | University YMCA | Wahl Room

Most people share an uneasiness of walking into a group of strangers and socializing, but networking can be a great way to build mutually beneficial relationships. In this workshop, Nishant Makhijani unpacks networking -- what it is (and what it's not) and how you can excel at it. Learn strategies for furthering your goals, career, or project. through networking. Practice starting and advancing relationships and learn to be more at ease in the networking arena.

 

REGISTER ONLINE AT
http://tinyurl.com/fa2016workshops


FOR RETURNING SCHOLARS AND LEADERSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS


DEVELOPING WORKSHOP CURRICULUM
ARRANGED | University YMCA

*NEW IN 2016* All returning Bailey Scholars and Leadership Award Recipients will develop and present a leadership development workshop for University of Illinois students.  This interactive workshop will guide scholars through the messy design process: from selecting a topic to developing curriculum.  This workshop will be scheduled based on scholar availability.

COMMUNICATIONS AND WORKSHOP PLANNINGARRANGED | University YMCA

*NEW IN 2016* In this workshop, scholars will give and receive feedback on their workshop design and begin to develop an outreach and communications plan specific to their session.  This workshop will be scheduled based on scholar availability.  

Press

"Senior Stephanie Cheng recognized for work in campus sustainability and social justice leadership"
http://education.illinois.edu/news/Senior-Stephanie-Cheng-recognized-work-campus-sustainability-and-social-justice-leadership

"Lenstra receives YMCA fellowship for community service"
April 24, 2013 - Graduate School of Library and Information Science, News Archives
http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2013/04/lenstra-receives-ymca-fellowship-community-service

"University Y awards $100,000 in scholarship"
September 21, 2010 - The News-Gazette
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/university-illinois/2010-09-21/university-y-awards-100000-scholarship.html

 

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