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Certification Plan Workshop. May 7, 2014 Version 1.1. What We Will Cover. Mentor Program Overview Certification Stories Behavioral Styles Volunteer Opportunities Certification Planning Volunteer Sign-up today. Purpose of Mentor Program.

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certification plan workshop

Certification Plan Workshop

May 7, 2014

Version 1.1

what we will cover
What We Will Cover
  • Mentor Program Overview
  • Certification Stories
  • Behavioral Styles
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Certification Planning
  • Volunteer Sign-up today
purpose of mentor program
Purpose of Mentor Program
  • To support and assist Associate Master Gardeners as you acquire your certification hours and become part of the MG community.
  • Your mentor is not your garden guru – his/her support is primarily to help you get the information you need.


  • Maintain contact (phone call, email, card) with mentee through the first year of the certification process
  • Be available to mentee for questions and guidance
  • Encourage mentee to attend monthly MGA meetings and if possible, carpool with the mentee
  • Participate in mentee’s recognition of certification when awarded at MGA meeting


  • Attend the Certification Plan Workshop
  • Communicate with your mentor during the certification year
certification stories
Certification Stories

50 hours in 13 months?

Easy shmeasy!!!!

why behavioral styles
Why Behavioral Styles?
  • Know your style
    • Helps you select volunteer work you will enjoy
  • Know others’ styles
    • Promotes teamwork

It’s not about the hours









Take Charge


Results Focused

Tend to ask “what”

Like to win

Like to have the last say

Potential Liabilities: Impatient, Insensitive, Autocratic





Good Planner

Tend to ask “how”

Make lists


Potential Liabilities: Indecisive, Too Detailed, Risk Adverse

  • Characteristics
  • Stimulating
  • Inspirational
  • Idea Generator
  • Tend to ask “who”
  • Dislike boring explanations
  • Potential Liabilities: Impulsive, Poor Follow-through, Poor Planning
  • Characteristics
  • Team Player
  • Consensus Builder
  • Relationship-oriented
  • Tend to ask “why”
  • Like positive attention
  • Potential Liabilities: Too Agreeable, Avoids Conflict, Not Demanding Enough


Mentee – May want to find own projects

Mentor – Overbearing or will want more involvement


Mentee – May want plan w/ dates; stress if not getting hours

Mentor – Could take too long to help mentee make decision


Mentee – Lots of ideas with trouble following through

Mentor – May find it difficult to follow-up w/ mentee


Mentee – May be in it for personal contact; may want more interaction

Mentor – May be more concerned w/ how mentee feels than if they are finding activities


When Working With …


Let them be in charge of something

Allow freedom to do things their own way


Provide them with info

Provide some structure


Get excited with them – show some emotion

Inspire them to bigger & better accomplishments


Be supportive & show you care

Give them specific plans & activities to be accomplished

which style
Which Style?
  • Farmers Market information table
    • Arrange materials
    • Greet visitors
    • Look-up answers to questions
    • Tally interactions
    • Packing up
    • Chair (coordinate)
which style1
Which Style?
  • Monsoon Madness Plant and Yard Sale
    • Entrance greeter w/ clicker (attendance counter)
    • Help customers with plant selections
key points
Key Points
  • All styles are good; takes all styles to make a dynamic team
  • Most people are not at extreme end of any one style; most will step out of default style when needed, but with extra effort
  • Any style can be a great leader
  • Any style can follow and be a good team member

What style are you?

how you will know about volunteer opportunities
How you will know about volunteer opportunities -
  • Check e-mail for announcements
  • Mentor can provide input on opportunities that may interest you
  • Volunteer Projects Status Log e-mailed with MGA meeting reminder
  • Can sign-up at MGA meetings (black binder)
  • Recent handout of projects (one-time for today’s sign-up)
  • Create your own project
    • Discuss w/ mentor
    • Notify Jeff / Mary
    • May be asked to submit application
  • Monthly MGA meetings provide volunteer & continuing education hours
personal projects
Personal Projects
  • “Project” Definition

A “project” is defined as a work effort that:

      • is a coordinated community, Master Gardener, or Cooperative Extension event


      • is educational for the public and/or Master Gardeners or supports Cooperative Extension purposes/goals
  • Where to find new project ideas:
      • Schools
      • Your neighborhood
      • Community
      • Non-profits
      • Garden clubs
      • Other
volunteer opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities
  • See Project Status Log
  • Today’s sign-up
    • Farmers Mkt info tables in Sedona, Camp Verde, Prescott
    • Extension Office Helpdesk – office tour / training
    • Speakers Bureau – give talks
    • Arizona Highlands Garden Conference (Oct)
  • Watch for e-mail for Monsoon Madness
chairing a project
Chairing a Project
  • Chair Training
    • Process for getting volunteers
    • How/when to communicate with them
  • Task lists available for repeatable projects
  • Questions?????
next steps
Next Steps
  • Mentors & Mentees
    • Take a few minutes to discuss styles and communication going forward
    • Identify volunteer work that mentee will LOVE
    • Fill out Certification Plan
    • Post your name on the styles sheet on wall
  • Sign-up for some volunteer opportunities today
  • Continue communication over the next months to find volunteer activities that fit your style
  • Have fun!!!!

Current or upcoming volunteer opportunities I’m interested in:

Project Date

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If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

Master Gardener Certification Plan


June MGA Meeting _____

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July __________________________________________ _____

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August MGA Meeting _____

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