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  • Advance your club's impact with IDEA

    The final and fourth step of the IDEA Toolkit is called Advance the Impact. The four goals are outlined below, and tools and resources are available at to guide you through the process. By the end of this step, your club will have reflected on and celebrated your achievements, and shared with others what the club has learned.

    • Club members will think about what they accomplished and celebrate their successes.
    • Club members will look at the impact made by their service project and figure out where they can improve.
    • Club members will share the results of their service project with others.
    • Club members will make plans to continue serving others in their school and community.
    Advisors and club officers should:
    • Read through all the outlines and worksheets included in the Advance the Impact section of the IDEA Toolkit.
    • Work together to decide which activities will be accomplished during meetings and which ones members should do on their own.
    • Figure out which club officers will lead the club through each activity and how to get the best results.

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  • 5 ways to connect with members

    Builders Club members are exploring their independence. As an advisor, you’re a key figure—an adult role model and mentor. Here are five ways to lay the foundation for a meaningful relationship with members:
    1. Learn and use their names. When you address someone by name, you show that person respect. Show members that they’re important by taking the time to learn and use their names.
    2. Celebrate individuality. Middle school students are trying to figure out who they are and what place they have in the world. They might be exploring ways to dress, act and talk. Embrace their individuality and uniqueness, rather than judging or stereotyping.
    3. Share a little about yourself. Take time to tell personal stories or share some of your interests and hobbies. The more comfortable your students are with you, the more relaxed and receptive they will be.
    4. Take an interest in their lives. Learn a little about each member. Find out some of their hobbies, what kind of music they like and what they do in their spare time.
    5. Smile. Young people rely heavily on nonverbal communication and watch those around them for nonverbal cues. When you give anyone a smile, it’s welcoming and inviting—especially for someone of middle-school age.

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  • Recruiting dive! 5 tips to get started

    Middle school students are enthusiastic and energetic volunteers. They also love to learn and master new skills. Tap their potential in your school and community by asking current Builders Club members to think of ways to recruit new members.
    Here is a sample plan consisting of five steps for putting together a recruitment drive:
    1. Discuss. The club officers could lead a discussion on why the club needs more members—and how inviting other students to join can have a positive impact on them.
    2. Brainstorm. The club can discuss how to motivate other students to join. Helpful questions include: What are simple ways that we can ask others? Should we hold a special event? Are there places such as announcement or bulletin boards where we can post an invitation?
    3. Plan. The club should start planning the details of their recruitment drive: the responsibilities of each member, the timeline and deadlines for the event, talking points regarding why students should join, etc.
    4. Execute. Encourage members to show their Builders Club pride as they host their recruitment drive. Members should be able to express why others should join, how to join and what the club's upcoming activities are.
    5. Celebrate. Once the new members are initiated and welcomed, celebrate the club’s recruitment efforts with a small party or member rewards.

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