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Teen Night Out - Cost Saving Ideas

Volunteers – Make a jobs list and sign up parent or community volunteers to complete certain tasks. We recommend paying staff to provide the program as the most reliable method for making sure things get done.

Community Sponsors – Make a simple brochure that outlines the program and how community sponsors can help. Include photos and stories of how families benefit. Sponsors can donate items for a hygiene kit, donate food for meals or supplies or tickets for an activity as well as serve as a presenter for an event.

School Sponsors – May provide funding to pay staff to operate the program. Can provide insurance or even help with the cost of transportation.  School staff may recruit speakers or offer to help.

Mentors - Mentors can assist with transportation (with parent permission), help to fix a meal, supervise a small group activity, model appropriate behavior, help with set up and clean up and prepare welcome signs, calendars (each family is given a calendar at the beginning of the year) and assemble thank-you gifts for presenters.

Parents - Parents may assist with transportation, provide general supervision, bring treats, model appropriate behavior and reduce isolation by connecting with other families.

Meals - We have found that studying the local sales adds for the grocery store and building the meal around whatever is on sale is the most cost effective way of providing a meal.