First a few questions…
Answering these questions will give you a base knowledge for YIG’s place in your Y’s service area.
If you are unable to do either, contact the State Office for materials (brochures, RedBooks, manuals, commercials, videos, etc.), contact information of local alumni, as well as their expertise and guidance. The State Office is your resource to assist with the basic set-up, training, and development of new or struggling Chapters in your area.
You may also consider starting with a few 8th graders and requesting that they be attend our high School State Assembly as Pages. These students are then great recruitment resources for a Jr. YIG Chapter and the base for your high school program. Keep in mind that Civics is being taught in 7th grade as the Social Studies component and this provides a unique opportunity for the Y to partner with local schools as a resource.
Also remember that often times a local Y branch will become the home of the YIG Chapter in the area. This will allow for recruitment from multiple schools and the Y to concentrate its resources – time and talents – on one unified group. This set-up may make a seemingly daunting process more accessible.