How should I recruit youth and volunteers?

Recruiting youth and volunteers can be time intensive and ample staff time should be allotted to developing and enacting an effective referral and recruitment strategy. Also, sites should consider dedicating sufficient funding for program marketing. Appeals within each community are unique, but some examples of recruitment strategies include presentations to community agencies, participation in school or sporting events, banners, tent cards for restaurants, door knob hangers distributed in targeted neighborhoods, fliers, newspaper ads or articles, TV announcements, online announcements, Facebook postings, email announcements, school newsletter articles, or resources that exiting volunteers and board members can use to encourage their contacts to become volunteers, such as a speaking points card or a business card that reads “You Would Make A Great Mentor!.”

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