6 Steps to Build Your Peace Peddlers Partnership Team

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A strong Peace Peddlers community – including students, educators, and supporters – is instrumental in reinforcing student learning and creating opportunities for student recognition. It connects your Peace Peddlers students to global and local challenges that capture their interests, and it also links the program to your broader community as well as business and industry. 

One key strategy to build community around your Peace Peddlers program is to form a Peace Peddlers Partnership Team. A Peace Peddlers Partnership Team is a group of collaborative stakeholders that provides leadership and action to support and enhance Peace Peddlers student and educator learning and service experiences. Peace Peddlers Partnership Teams play a vital role in the sustainability and efficacy of Peace Peddlers programs. A strong Peace Peddlers Partnership Team has the potential to help support your program and help build it into an exemplary, sustained program with influence that reaches beyond the bounds of your school and into the community.

Discover six steps to help you get started:

The first step in implementing Peace Peddlers is to determine what programs will work best for your district or school.

1.

Set initial goals.

How would you like for your Peace Peddlers Partnership Team to support your Peace Peddlers programs? What is your vision of a successful Peace Peddlers Partnership Team?

During this period of planning, take time to consider these questions and set some initial Partnership Team goals to help shape your preliminary direction and early priorities.

Determining what you hope to accomplish with your Peace Peddlers Partnership Team at the outset will help you with all the steps that follow: outlining desired team member characteristics; sketching out team member responsibilities; etc.

2.

Outline the skills, resources, and expertise you need to reach those goals.

After setting your initial Peace Peddlers Partnership Team goals, carefully consider the skills, resources, and expertise you need on your team to accomplish those goals.

Consider the following attributes:

• Experience and interest in conflict resolution, bullying prevention, and increasing peace in schools.

• Knowledge and experience in Peace Peddlers course concepts

• Awareness of school and community needs

• Experience with community leadership

• Marketing, public relations, and media experience

• Networking expertise

• Fundraising experience

• Technical experience with software and equipment used in Peace Peddlers courses

3.

Set expectations for Peace Peddlers Partnership Team members.

Questions to consider:

• In what ways do you expect your Peace Peddlers Partnership Team members to contribute to the team’s goals?

• What responsibilities do you want team members to have?

• Will the structure of the team include specific roles such as chairperson?

• What kind of time commitment is involved?

• When/where/how often will your Peace Peddlers Partnership Team meet?

• How long of a term will Peace Peddlers Partnership Team members serve?

Many Peace Peddlers Partnership Teams have found success in setting membership terms lasting one to four years. In addition, staggering membership terms can support smoother transitions.

4.

Brainstorm potential Partnership Team members.

Identify organizations and individuals you want to target for participation on your Peace Peddlers Partnership Team. You may want to consider the following sources:

• Businesses and industries within the community, especially those with structured outreach programs

• Economic and development development organizations and boards

• United Way, Rotary, Kiwanis clubs, and other community organizations

• Local government agencies

• Chambers of commerce

• College dean’s office or outreach coordinators for staff and faculty support

• College alumni coordinators for connecting with local alumni with relevant experience

• Parents of students

• Students and former students

5.

Set up outreach meetings and send invitations.

Reach out to the organizations and individuals you want on your Peace Peddlers Partnership Team, either through one on-one meetings and/or written invitations. Hosting Peace Peddlers school tours is another effective way to recruit Peace Peddlers Partnership Team members.

When possible, work through people in your school who have connections to potential Peace Peddlers Partnership Team members.

6.

Onboard your Peace Peddlers Partnership team members.

Before your team gets started, we recommend onboarding all new team members by providing a detailed overview of Peace Peddlers and your Peace Peddlers Programs.

Ideas for bringing your new Peace Peddlers Partnership Team members up to speed:

• Share Peace Peddlers Brochures and other materials specific to your Peace Peddlers program(s)

• Take your Peace Peddlers Partnership Team members on a tour of a Peace Peddlers school to experience the program firsthand

• Invite Peace Peddlers teachers and student ambassadors to share their experiences

This onboarding period is also a good opportunity to familiarize new Peace Peddlers Partnership Team members with expectations, roles, and responsibilities