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Documents concerning YWCA of the U.S.A. volunteer and leadership training. In addition to employing skilled and trained leaders, the YWCA of the U.S.A. relies on volunteer workers and leaders to carry out aspects of the purpose and aims of the organization. Similar to employed secretaries, volunteers undergo training and have the opportunities to attend seminars for volunteer training. Recruiting pamphlets for volunteers describe the volunteer opportunities, duties and benefits while pamphlets for current volunteers include organization handbooks, a guidebook for new volunteers and a bulletin on the role of volunteers during the emergency(the Great Depression). Volunteer reports assess the needs of the YWCA of the U.S.A. and evaluate the volunteers training program. Pamphlets and reports for leaders in the YWCA of the U.S.A. offer best practices for administration and management, discuss the training and managing of volunteers and include training materials for YWCA of the U.S.A. leaders. Beginning around 1930 the Leadership Division is charged with developing leadership policy and programming for leadership training throughout the organization. An overview and analysis of the functions of the Leadership Division is included in the leadership materials. Other materials include an exam for a basic YWCA of the U.S.A. summer session and the script for a play to demonstrate leadership principles.
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Leadership, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.