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Connecting With Students

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There are students all over the country interested in international development, at high schools and colleges alike. The Students for Haiti team suggests that nonprofits looking to partner with students do the following:

  • Create a page in our Project Catalog and frequently update it. Students will be looking through this catalog and contacting orgs with projects that spark their interest.
  • Check out our Student Group Database and send emails to groups that you think might be interested in your org’s mission. A group representative will have his/her contact information listed in the bottom left corner of each database page. Remember- the more emails you send, the better response you’ll likely get!
  • Consider perusing the Members section of our News feed. This section recognizes student achievement within our organization and could be a great source of information regarding specific student groups and their levels of activism.

 

What if studentsforhaiti.org does not yield us sufficient student participation?

Although we would expect this to be an unlikely occurrence, if student groups do not respond to you, we recommend that you try the following:

 

  • Conduct an internet search of high schools, colleges, and/or universities within a certain mile radius of your main office. Ideally, members of your organization will be able to meet with interested students in-person. If there don’t appear to be sufficient groups within a certain radius, consider expanding it.
  • Narrow your search. Our team recommends surfing the web with the name of each school you’ve identified in-combination with any or all of the following key words: ‘Haiti,’ ‘Haiti fundraiser,’  ‘Haiti trip.’ Usually, these kinds of key words will generate text about student activism related to Haiti.
  • Seek out faculty advisors. Once you’ve identified some active student groups, consider reaching out to their faculty advisors of Haiti or international development-focused orgs. Advisor emails can usually be found by conducting a search through the school’s website or faculty directory.

 

None of the above has worked for you?

Call institutions. Your organization might want to call the Student Activities or similar offices at colleges, universities, or high schools and mention your interest in partnering with student groups on campus. Be prepared to 1) explain your mission to school administration and 2) explain how partnership with your organization could be beneficial to students on-campus and/or to institution curriculum. Then, try to get the names and contact information of faculty or students that the administration thinks might be interested.

Keep in-mind: Service learning is getting to be an ever more important aspect of undergraduate (and even high school) education. Use this fact to your advantage. Many instructors are apt to partner with an NGO on a project that they feel could be enriching (and generate a project) for their students.

Meet with faculty and/or students, if possible. Perhaps this goes without saying, but students and faculty are more likely to partner with organizations whose staff they have met in-person.

Documents

Ways NGOs Can Collaborate This document cites partnering with student groups as an important collaboration tool, among many other things.  

Useful Links

Social Media Tips for NGOs Facebook page that shares articles, case studies, PowerPoint decks, videos and other resources about how non-government organizations can use social media more effectively.

Ready to start helping with others?

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