1. Are you part of a school based team?
2. Are you a strictly high school team?
Pretty much, though one-off exceptions might happen.
3. How do you recruit for members? Do you limit membership? If so, how?
Primarily within our school by attending Freshman Orientation or “Club Fairs”. We pass out flyers with our info and try to engage people one-on-one and describe what we do.
We limit membership via a “tryout” period where students attend intro meetings, complete small assignments, and undergo an interview.
4. Do you have a facility on a high school campus?
We share the Physics room. We tend to spread out to nearby classrooms as well.
5. Do you have 1 or more faculty advisors/coaches/mentors?
6. Are your funds controlled/accounted by the school/district financial office?
7. Are your fundraisers limited by district office policy (car washes, donut sales, etc.)? Is your solicitation for sponsors limited/monitored?
No. Though the school wants to coordinate so that two organization fundraisers do not negatively impact each other.
8. Do you have a Booster Club? Is it a 501( c)3? Do you have access to a 501( c)3 organization to help you with donations?
Yes, it isn’t a seperate organization though, it is a group of dedicated parents who help support us. Our school is a 501 ©3, so we use that.
9. Is your administrative team supportive, disapproving/combative, or apathetic?
Supportive. Might be some negative feelings from the other organizations at the school though, as we are so large and resource intensive.
10. What is your biggest challenge being in the school setting?
Sharing space and resources with the school. We don’t have any school employees involved with the team, so coordinating can be a big challenge. There is also a feeling in the school that we are sucking up resources that other groups could get, and we have to keep working to dispel that. Occasionally the school will develop a rule with the intent of guarding other groups’ ability to fundraise, but they usually just limit our ability to fundraise.