Talk to parents, guardians, grandparents, and neighbors.
Find out if others in your community are interested in having afterschool programs. Working in larger numbers can sometime provider great influence. Place a notice in your school’s parent bulletin, send an email to a parents’ newsletter, or ask teachers to place flyers in each child’s backpack. The notice can ask parents if they are interested in afterschool programs for their children and whether they are willing to help organize such programs. Attend a PTA meeting and ask participants if they are concerned about the afterschool hours.
Talk to your school principal and teachers.
School teachers and principals can be a great help in getting people together to start an afterschool program. They can also answer questions about the use of school facilities and equipment after school.
Contact other people in your community who might help.
Contact community officials and organizations for guidance or assistance with starting an afterschool program. Start with the local police, the mayor, city councilors, local YMCAs, the parks & recreation director, Boys & Girls Clubs, 4-H staff, Urban League, Cooperative Extension Service, labor organizations, arts organizations, museums, libraries, PTAs, the local chapter of NAACP, local businesses, community centers, and local churches, synagogues, and mosques. Ask each person if they could contribute ideas, time, or money to help start an afterschool program in your community.
Call a meeting of the parents or other individuals who are interested in starting an afterschool program.
Your list might include educators, local police, organizations that work with children, local businesses, and elected officials. Talk about the benefits to the community and to families of a high-quality afterschool program.