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In preparation for pitching a club for my high school, are there any concerns I should watch out for including questions the administrators may ask?

Being the founding leader of a new club, my dominant concern is having enough information and preparation to pitch and uphold this organization. Its purpose is to help others discover their passions and who they are, along with adventuring these members' curious minds. Of course, there is more to it, but any possible advice that may help with this process of founding? #teaching #teacher #student #students

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Stephanie’s Answer

Hi Brianna,


I actually helped start a club while I was in high school. After coming up with the idea, we found a teacher who would be our sponsor/counselor. Working with her, we then completed the steps that Jaclyn shared in her answer.


Since we were new and not proven to be successful yet, we held fundraisers. We sold buttons that had school spirit sayings, sold flowers and cookies. This money helped pay for our uniforms. We were a dance group that performed during the half time of basketball games.


Now, it may seem ancient, but that was in 1972 ..... to day in 2017 that club still exists and is one of the premiere clubs in the school. The school invests money, and the group travels now! It is an honor and competitive to be in this club.


So please consider this .... but find a faculty member to help guide you and encourage you.


Good luck!


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Jaclyn’s Answer

I would recommend putting together a detailed presentation that addresses questions such as


-Who would be interested in this club?
-Would you have "officers" or a group to oversee the club?
-What type of topics are of interest to this group?
-What type of events/trips/gatherings would be beneficial for this group?
-What is the benefit of students joining the group?
-What is the mission statement/goal of the organization?
-Would it be necessary for a teacher/faculty member to get involved and oversee the group?
-Is any funding necessary from the school or will the group internally fund (various fundraising events, solicit donations from businesses, etc.?)


In short, be as prepared as you can in your presentation to the administrators and they will see you are very dedicated to beginning this organization!

Thank you comment icon Ah, I see. Knowing the requirements such as these will definitely help. Thank you very much for the guidance! Bryanna
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Mark’s Answer

They are always going to ask the mundane questions about any cost involved, and any facilities usage. You should be able to answer those questions. You should be ready to answer the tougher question of what benefit the club will be to the students. Also be sure you have an idea of the number of students who have shown interest in establishing the club.

Thank you comment icon Thank you very much, I appreciate the advice! It'll definitely help! Bryanna
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