Current Status: Issued
Original Issue Date: 07/25/01
Reviewed: 07/02, 07/03, 07/04, 07/05, 07/06, 07/07, 07/09
Next Review Date: 07/20/2010
Document Number: TR RC 02-VO1
It is the policy of the Iroquois- Kankakee ROE Teen REACH Program to plan, develop and implement a recruitment strategy that will be reviewed and updated annually.
- There are two major strategies of recruitment:
- Outreach: Distribution of Teen REACH fliers to parents, schools and communities to increase participation along with site quarterly newsletters listing events to volunteer/participate. Attending and speaking at: public meetings, to church groups, and parent-teacher organizations. Teen REACH staff will be present at school registrations and open houses to recruit program participants. Representatives from the Teen REACH programs will participate in community events, such as street fairs, parades and other events that may attract the notice of local press. Program open houses and seasonal celebrations will also be utilized as marketing tools.
- Children age 6-17 may be referred. The goal is to attract youth who may be at high risk and meet the required target population (see Target Population Teen REACH Policy and Procedures Manuals).
- The Director and program coordinators will foster a partnership with schools, I-KAN Attendance Assistance Program, DCFS, Juvenile Probation, Health Department, churches and other agencies to promote referrals of youth who are having academic difficulties; reside in a single- parent home; receive TANF; are latchkey children; have siblings who dropped out of school or are involved with the juvenile justice system or are teen parents.
- Develop a marketing packet including business cards for each site. Send press releases/news stories at least once per month to the media highlighting program activities/accomplishments, to positively market the programs. The Media Specialist from Pledge for Life Partnership will serve as a resource and assist in developing press releases.
- Host an annual community(ies) awareness event; including Lights On After School that involves parents, program youth, school officials and public officials.
- Teen REACH staff will maintain membership and participate in C&A LAN #26, Juvenile Officers Association, Juvenile Justice Council, Youth Opportunities Committee, Hispanic Partnership and Foster Parents Alliance to market Teen REACH, identify at-risk youth and increase referrals.