"Before you can sit down with programs, you need to locate them. If the city already has a master database, this is easy. If not, I encourage your group to build the database, and manage it, just as I did for Chicago. You can post your list of…"
"Our plan right now is to sit down with several existing afterschool programs and ask what their needs are and then see if we can get a weekly or bi-weekly updated schedule of when they need tudors and if they need any particular subject taught…"
I am a Junior Social Entrepreneurship major at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. I am currently in the process of starting a program with a few other students at Belmont that will connect students with afterschool programs in the neighboring community. I'd want to learn as much as I can from people who have already done similar things, so any advice will be greatly appreciated!
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Before you can sit down with programs, you need to locate them. If the city already has a master database, this is easy. If not, I encourage your group to build the database, and manage it, just as I did for Chicago. You can post your list of programs on a blog, and become more sophisticated on how you share this information as you find others to help you.
With the database, you can reach out to existing programs with a needs survey. You might look at the ones we've created an posted on this site. If you build a new survey, I hope you'll share it here, so others might use it.
With the database, you can also invite programs to come together at key times each year where the networking can lead to idea sharing, and to public awareness that draws other resources to the programs.
If you post what you are learning from your contact with programs on a ning forum, then you are sharing it with your members, the programs, and the larger community.
Based on what you learn from your first round of activities, you should develop what your next step would be.