This season, the CSOYO will offer a new YO Buddies mentoring program. Returning CSOYO members are invited to become Mentors for new members and will be paired with them to welcome them, acclimate them to the YO, and be available for questions throughout the year. YO Buddies will be paired in the same orchestra whenever possible. Planned activities and check-ins will be scheduled for each concert cycle, with additional contact on a voluntary basis. The goal of the program is to make sure each member in their first year with the CSOYO feels welcome, connected, and understands the CSOYO culture.
Participation is optional but members (new and returning) will receive credit in the YO Ambassador Program when they complete the required number of contacts with their YO Buddy. Scheduled Contacts include:
FALL CONCERT CYCLE: (1 service credit)
- Face to Face Contact at or before 1st rehearsal to welcome and answer questions
- Follow-Up Contact in October, face to face if possible
- Pre-Concert Check-in before Thanksgiving
SPRING CONCERT CYCLE: (1 service credit)
- Welcome Back Face to Face Contact in January
- Follow-Up Contact in March
- Pre-Concert Check-in late April
YO Buddy Mentors will be given a few suggested topics to cover in each contact. Mentors will be required to submit a short (1 paragraph) report to the CSOYO Manager after each scheduled contact.
Additional contacts can be made as needed any time during the season. YO Ambassadors will be recognized in programs and at concerts.
If you are friendly and would like to welcome our new members to the CSOYO and help them find their way, please complete the application below by Sept. 11, 2020. Thank you!