Some new forms of volunteer engagement
A large number of people who wish to make an occasional and non-long-term commitment to help evolve ... alongside volunteers loyal to associations and platforms such as Dir iddik. These new types of volunteers who emphasize the difference between simple engagement and social activism have a lot to offer in terms of experience and skills, provided they know how to approach them and encourage them to participate. . Assist communication on social networks Young people born after 1995 do not know the pre-internet world. They grew up with a touch screen in their hands and a dual digital identity. They communicate in a natural way on social networks and control the habits and habits of Internet users. This know-how is very useful for associations, the majority of which have major gaps in digital communication. More than 61% of associations listed on www.diriddik.ma do not have a website, according to a survey conducted in February 2019, while 52% of them share on Facebook less than one publication a week and 42% do not even have an Instagram account. The vast majority, however, expressed their desire to make up for this delay through the training and support of a third party organization, classifying the communication needs (online and off-line) seconds after the logistical and material needs. A simpler solution is offered to them and would come from these tens of thousands of young people who are qualified and willing to lend a hand, provided they give them time, value their work and give free rein to their creativity. . Sports volunteering Another area in which many qualified profiles could have a quick positive impact on their environment is the sport. Former athletes, retired coaches or simple fans of football, basketball or surfing, sports volunteering is the mission of choice for a large number of talents that few people solicit. However, offering two hours a week to train the neighborhood team could have as much positive effect on society as organizing a street cleaning or clothing collection. Sport becomes a pretext to promote the values of citizenship, citizenship and sharing, especially among the youngest. tutoring A widespread tutoring program on all Moroccan schools and universities would undoubtedly help students during their studies and help them better understand the professional environment. But in the meantime, everyone can reach out to the students in difficulty around him by taking charge of a small group of young people. Once a week, a fortnight or even a month is sometimes enough to create a click. Mathematics, science, French or English, everything is good for a large number of students who can not afford private tutoring. A few hours offered to an association focused on education and youth are sufficient in many cases to redress the academic trajectory of a young person in difficulty. And on another level, exchanges between a university student and a volunteer executive or entrepreneur, established over a defined period of time, and with pre-established objectives, allow the mentor to assist the young person in carrying out his career plan. The Moroccan Student Foundation and Injaz Al-Maghrib offer an institutional framework for mentoring but can not alone meet the needs of the 345,000 students enrolled each year in economics, 223,000 in human sciences and 141,000 in science and technology ... (Ministry of Education) National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research - Statistics 2017 https://www.enssup.gov.ma/sites/default/files/STATISTIQUES/4536/Maroc%20Universitaire%20 202016-2017.pdf%). Hence the interest of further promoting professional tutoring and introducing it into the corporate culture.
Comment s’adapter à l’évolution du bénévolat ?
La mobilisation et le renouvellement des bénévoles arrive en tête de liste des ... problématiques récurrentes exprimées par les associations. Si la culture du bénévolat connait un développement soutenu, impactant positivement le nombre d’inscrits, attirer et fidéliser ces bénévoles s’avère bien plus complexe. Un engagement collectif et une dimension individuelle Les bénévoles s’engagent aujourd’hui auprès des associations et des ONG de manière ponctuelle et pragmatique. Ils préfèrent le travail en équipe et les tâches qui impliquent la collaboration. Leur principal objectif est de créer un réel impact sur leurs communautés respectives et tisser de nouvelles relations humaines. Nous sommes loin de l’époque des bénévoles « peu regardants » qui donnaient de leur temps par principe, mais face à des jeunes informés et exigeants, enclins à la prise de responsabilité, à la recherche de nouvelles expériences et désireux d’étoffer leurs parcours académiques et professionnels. S’ils prônent la culture du groupe, ils sont adeptes d’un bénévolat qui correspond à leurs dispositions individuelles. Ils apprécient d’être valorisés à travers des formations adaptées au profil de chacun, et des cérémonies de remises de récompenses en faveur des individus les plus investis. Une grande sensibilité aux causes En faisant partie de la génération Y, les bénévoles nés après 1980 s’engagent de manière naturelle pour des causes : écologie, égalité, libertés individuelles... Dans ce sens, il est primordial de répondre à leurs différentes attentes et de mettre en avant les valeurs de l’organisme qui les a mobilisés, qu’il s’agisse d’une entreprise ou d’une organisation à but non lucratif. Un simple hashtag, un appel au don sur les réseaux sociaux ou une vidéo qui fait le buzz est capable de les engager (ou au contraire, de les repousser). Le succès des plateformes de crowdfunding (financement participatif) est un exemple parfait de leur capacité à supporter une cause (ou un produit) sans garantis préalables. Un bénévole a donc besoin de défendre une cause et de répondre à des questions existentielles, notamment « comment puis-je se rendant utile ? » et « quel est mon apport en tant qu’individu ? ». Un recours à la technologie et aux moyens de communication Les bénévoles, surtout les plus jeunes d’entre eux, sont massivement connectés et ont grandi dans des sociétés qui banalisent le divertissement. Il est donc essentiel de communiquer en ligne pour les séduire, utiliser les hashtags et les localisations, ajouter des filtres aux photos, recourir à la vidéo et aux lives, leur demander leur avis sur les réseaux sociaux et les solliciter en tant que relais. Le tout dans un format léger et ludique. En somme, ils recherchent des résultats concrets et visibles de leurs actions, qu’ils pourront partager avec leurs amis. Parmi nos recommandations aux organisateurs d’événements qui souhaitent séduire une audience jeune : Solliciter les collégiens et les lycées pour participer à leurs actions Avoir recours à des outils ludiques Diversifier les formes de bénévolat avec les « e-bénévoles » Pour les audiences plus « matures », il est important de : Communiquer clairement autour du projet associatif et des chartes d’engagement réciproques Valoriser la transmission intergénérationnelle en approchant les futurs retraités en amont Même s’il est aisé d’attirer un grand nombre de bénévoles, il devient de plus en plus difficile de les fidéliser. Le principal objectif de la plateforme Dir iddik est, entre autres, de remédier à la baisse de l’engagement de longue durée. Plus d’informations sur www.diriddik.ma
The surprising benefits of volunteering
You probably know that, as a volunteer, your commitment has a positive impact on your ... socio-economic environment. But did you know that volunteering has a less "charitable" and a much more surprising impact, especially on young people who decide to go down this path? Boosted self-confidence Many volunteers who took part in the actions organized in partnership with Dir iddik showed considerable gain in self-confidence, fueled by the opportunity to try something new, to work in groups with complete strangers, to be part of a community outside their comfort zone (family and friends) and come out with a sense of achievement. In addition, knowing that they have made a difference and have had a positive impact on people, communities or society as a whole; enhances the positive aspect of their commitment. A comprehensive profile It is commonly known that candidates are no longer judged on the basis of their academic career by a potential recruiter, but on their soft skills and their life experiences. Volunteers have the opportunity to learn new skills in the field, and to develop their abilities. Volunteering and voluntary work in general; constitute the elements with the strongest impact on the CV of a recent graduate. This is reflected in our statistics since the vast majority of our active volunteers, as well as representatives of partner associations; are students at the end of their university studies. Young people from various Moroccan universities, public high schools and vocational training institutes; wishing to improve their employability and develop their profiles. A better quality of life According to studies conducted by several organizations promoting volunteer work in the United States, regular volunteer commitment has a positive impact on physical and mental health. According to feedback from Dir iddik, we found that our most loyal volunteers showed undeniable optimism and precious attitude to life. The explanation is quite simple; the human brain releases the hormone responsible for pleasure when a person does a good deed. By helping our neighbor, we are reducing the risk of depression as well as the effects of stress, anger and anxiety. A highly addictive circle, hence the interest of starting small and then letting nature do the rest. But perhaps the main benefit of volunteering is the fun that young people have, regardless of the type of action they are involved in.
Volunteers, the cornerstone of voluntary work
The community network in Morocco is enjoying a certain growth and dynamism that places it ... at the head of several major socioeconomic projects. Key player in the country's development, with more than 50,000 active organizations identified in December 2011 by the Office of the High Commissioner for Planning (HCP), following a survey of Moroccan non-profit organizations; this movement is driven by important legislative updates and the increase of support and funding bodies. Many organizations, few volunteers However, this optimism is reflected very little on official figures of volunteering since only 4% of Moroccans are engaged in voluntary activities, according to a study conducted by the international firm Deloitte and presented in 2011 at the 8th edition of the National Forum of Charitable organizations and Foundations. It is therefore relatively easy to create and maintain an organization, but it is extremely difficult to mobilize and retain volunteers. Dir iddik's mission In addition to connecting organizations and volunteers, Dir iddik works to promote the culture of volunteering among young people. With more than 62,000 volunteers registered on www.diriddik.ma, the service has supported more than 20 organizations across the country in 2018, organizing about 50 actions involving more than 1,000 volunteers. Young people, for the most part, mobilized in schools and universities, to take part in actions in urban, peri-urban and rural areas, covering topics as diverse as education, citizenship or health. A mission of primary importance, since 7 out of 10 organizations say they rely entirely on volunteers while half of them show serious difficulties in mobilizing them (according to the HCP). Good practices The question that many organizations ask themselves is the following: how to mobilize and above all retain the volunteers? Based on the working methods used by Dir iddik, here are some good and effective practices that are simple to adopt: 1 – Communicate clearly on the needs of the organization in terms of volunteers (number required, duration of the mission, preferred skills) and on the tasks that each one is responsible for. 2 – Increase the number of reminders by email, Whatsapp and phone, during registration, a few days before D-Day and the day before the event. 3 – Strengthen the sense of belonging by distributing goodies (t-shirts, caps, scarves, badges) and certificates of participation, and by providing a download link for photos and videos. All these steps are simplified by the basic features made available to organizations registered on www.diriddik.ma. For any additional information, do not hesitate to send us your questions on firstname.lastname@example.org.