Show students their future selves
Building alumni programs to support student learning and school development is a big, hairy, audacious goal. Here are just some ways we can work together to integrate alumni into your school programs and culture. Alumni can contribute as:
- Subject experts and partners for your project-based learning activities
- College knowledge guides, role models, and workshop volunteers
- Career awareness builders and local business partners
- Advocates for your school in committees and fundraising activities
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Here are some examples of how Alumni Toolkit™ pilot schools are building the alumni engagement movement.
In Vista CA, Major General Murray High School hosted over 50 alumni for their first alumni event in the school’s history. Students clearly felt a new sense of pride, confidence, and determination after meeting successful graduates they identified with.
In CT, New Britain High School invited alumni volunteers for their family FAFSA event. Over 180 students and their families attended, and having the alumni volunteers as experienced FAFSA completers and translators for families was a key factor in the event’s success.
In Bridgeport CT, The Bridge Academy enlisted 5 alumni for a student motivation event. The alumni met with 70 students across 9th and 11th grades, first as a panel, then in small groups. According to the teacher, “:The students and alumni instantly connected, and the alumni were honest, powerful, and inspiring- they talked about the importance of doing well in school, the benefits of college, and most of all, that students like them could find success if they worked hard, focused and believed in themselves.