Sponsor and Support Youth Programs If You Want to Build a Better High School Booster Club

If you want to build a better booster club, raise more money and boost your high school arts or athletics activity’s success, make sure to sponsor and support youth programs for your particular sport or activity – both at the local level and within your feeder elementary and middle schools.

This can and should be done in multiple ways:

Offer regular clinics to youth and youth coaches. Sponsor an annual youth clinic or camp for your particular program or activity. Involve coaches or directors from both your youth programs and current high school program. Ask players or current program participants and prominent program alumni for help in conducting it. Teach basic fundamentals and skills at these youth clinics or camps, which are good for both your youth program participants and the coaches or directors who instruct them. Hold a lot of competitions and games, give out participation gifts and prizes and most of all, HAVE FUN so the youth will be drawn to your high school and program.

Sponsor a youth and youth parent pre-season or performance event. Another great way to expose and draw youth program participants and their parents into your particular high school arts or athletic activity is to hold an annual pre-season game or performance event that they are invited to and will in some way participate in. Make sure to make a BIG DEAL out of this event too. Hold the event in your actual performance venue, have the youth warm up with your high school players or participants, conduct the activity like a real performance game or event and hold an autograph and photo-taking session after the event. This will create some hero worshipping on the part of the youth and will boost the egos of your high schools players or performers, which will help in their later performances too.

Sponsor a youth day at the game or performance event. In addition to a pre-season performance or event, you should also hold a special youth/youth parents day at an actual performance, game or event where the youth and their parents might get in free or at a reduced rate, receive some special game or performance day giveaway and will be introduced in some prominent way at the game, performance or event.

Send out and feature youth activities in your program website and/or newsletter. If you have a website for your program or activity and a mailed or electronic newsletter that you regularly send out (which you should have and do), devote a portion of this site or newsletter to featuring youth program news, and do a good job of covering youth program activities and accomplishments.

Send out birthday, holiday and special occasion cards to youth and youth parents. This is self-explanatory and a simple thing to do if you have a good contact management database, especially those designed for non-profit and, ideally, booster club use.

Give a portion of your income to your feeder programs and schools. Always give and say that you are going to give a portion of what you raise (I suggest a minimum of 10%) to support your feeder programs and schools. This is usually needed and very much appreciated by youth coaches, program directors, players and participants as well as their parents, and it gives you a reason to ask them to support your program too.

Recruit a youth program chairperson and make this committee a standard committee on your booster club board. This person and the committee they recruit should initiate and oversee all activities involving your feeder program or school youth.

By making this a standing position and standard committee of your board and changing your booster club bylaws to reflect this, it will help to assure that the focus of these activities will continue in future years.

Following these simple suggestions will help you to build or strengthen a bond between your high school program or activity and the youth programs for your activity both at the local level and in your feeder school. This, in turn, will benefit your program immediately financially, and eventually, it will result in increased numbers to both program participants and fans when these youth and their parents get to high school.

Performing Arts Professional – How to Find the Best Education

Performing arts activities like ballet and other forms of dance can be a very rewarding hobby. For many, dance classes are a way to keep in shape while doing something they truly love. Fortunately, there are some who are so artistically inclined that they are lucky enough to be able to make a career out of their favorite past time. If you think the dance is something you would like to pursue in a professional manner, here are some great tips to help you find a terrific school to cultivate your talents and land you the job of your dream.

Choose an Academic Track

If you are considering taking up dance as a course of study there are two different tracks you can follow to reach your ultimate goal.

Bachelor of the Arts: If your sure you would like to study the performing arts but aren’t sure where you would like that to take you, a Bachelor of the Arts would be the best track for you. Bachelor of the arts degrees offer you a wide variety of liberal arts study that can prepare you for graduate performing art studies or other courses of study should you change your mind.
Bachelor of Fine Arts: If you are positive about your career intentions you may want to consider a BFA. A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is more focused on the performing arts and will prepare you for a career directly related to performance.

Research Schools

There are different schools that specialize is specific areas of study. Larger Universities will often offer a program in the arts but not have a school that specializes in your interest area. If your sure that you want to study something like dance, you should consider looking for conservatories or performing arts schools to pursue your professional dreams.

As part of your school research it is also important to visit the schools you may want to attend. When you visit these schools make it a point to check out the facilities that are of particular interest to you. For example, dancers should make it a point to look at studios, rehearsal space, and performance theaters.

Determine Requirements

Each school has different requirements so before you apply you need to check and double check those of the programs you are interested. Make a note of all deadlines, application fees, and portfolios or audition requirements. If your are applying to a performing arts school it is highly likely that you will need a portfolio or audition to be sure to have one prepared well in advance.

Get Feed Back

Sure your parents think you are terrific at what you do, and the audience may give you a standing ovation with ever performance but before you apply to schools it may be beneficial to get some professional feedback. This is particularly helpful when putting together your audition. Ask you teachers and instructors for some critical feedback. If you have the time, money, or ambition, it is also extremely beneficial for your to get criticism from the true professionals. This means you may have to travel to the bigger cities (if you don’t leave there already) and set up appointments with performers from well known dance companies or with instructors as Conservatories or Performing arts Universities.