Today we hosted an event to help trasition our students from junior high (Wildside) to high school (HSM), and it triggered that it might be helpful to share all of the methods we’re using this year. Kurt talked a little bit about the idea last year, and here’s how we’re attacking the handoff:
8th Grade Retreat – This morning we hosted the tail end of a retreat for our graduating 8th graders. This was their last hurrah with the Wildisde team, and we took over the program today to begin to introduce our team, values and setup to them. It was a great morning getting some intrductions out there and show some faces that will hopefully become familiar to them. We also captured cell phone numbers and began to build our database of contacts.
Freshmany Frenzy – In three weeks, we do an inexpensive “the day after school is done” event to help reach out to all of the newly minted freshman in the community. You can only go if you’re a freshman, though we stack the team with upperclass student leaders as well.
Promotion Weekend – We pick out a weekend every June that is “the one” throughout the church where people move up to the next level. This year we’ll have some fun programming that is freshman-specific, complete with just a little hazing of the newbies. A fun weekend, with lots of traditions we do every year.
Freshman Parent Orientation Night – Just a simple who we are type of evening to meet parents and bring them up to speed on how our ministry works. Here’s last year’s exact schedule and idea if it would help you in planning yours.
What do you do that might help other youth workers?