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Maintaining Rapport With The Community

In order to establish successful programs, it is essential for the GEAR UP Program Supervisor to build and maintain rapport with community organizations.

A GEAR UP Program Supervisor and school staff can establish and maintain rapport with community organizations with:

    • GEAR UP advocacy – distribute GEAR UP publications, present to community partners, communicate research behind GEAR UP objectives to stakeholders.
    • Remaining alert to school district and community interests and concerns by:
      a) Reading school district news releases and publications.
      b) Paying attention to local and regional news.
      c) Listening to representatives in education, Higher Education, organizations with similar missions, organizations that support youth, for example: Camp Fire Kids, Children’s Home Society, City Parks and Recreation, YMCA, YWCA, and the Public Library.
    • Sending “Thank you” letters to supporters after events and other activities.
    • Collaboration – building community service projects by asking organizations to provide services to students.   For example:  Ask colleges to provide early outreach by hosting events on campus or assisting with grade school, middle school and/or high school events.
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This information was collected by Early Outreach Partnership staff during several interviews, as well as the Early Outreach Symposium held at WSU Tri-Cities on January 22, 2010. Oversight provided by Genoveva Morales-Ledesma, Executive Director, WSU Tri-Cities, Early Outreach Programs.