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Just wanting to know if anyone has any input on a recruitment program I’m preparing to start up in my department. What I am wanting to start is working with the school districts in my area and seeing if they will provide a list of graduating high school students so we can send them congratulation/recruitment letters when they graduate. We are a 100% volunteer department that is running into the nationwide problem of participation out of our members. I’m sure that this will not solve the worlds problems when it comes to increasing volunteer participation but I think it is a start. Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Dan

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Just a thought, but instead of asking the schools to release personal information of the students, maybe ask to give the graduating seniors a presentation towards the end of their school year. Present all the benefits of the job and discuss any questions they may have about joining the dept. Teens tend to be more open to these ideas if they are in a group setting. If you can get the trend setter in the class to go, many will follow. Also, many schools are open to cadet programs or internships as a part of their elective course work in school. Good Luck. We all need it.
Thanks Tom, I appreciate all of your input and ideas. We are just trying to figure something out that is pro active towards recruitment at a young age. the only hang up we have is that both school districts in our area are located in other departments jurisdictions so there is sertain way we need to go about it so we don't step on anyones toes. I think maybe working with the other departments might be the way to approach this. Thank you for all your input.

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