The first step in iMentor's school partner recruitment is building a list of potential partners. We collect information about each school on the list to see how they match up with our selection criteria. Information collection looks like pulling and compiling data, as well as gathering supplemental information on potential partners through personal information or stakeholders who know the schools.
The second phase of school partner recruitment is outreach either by leveraging existing relationships or cold outreach. This article highlights the strategies leaders have used to build relationships with district and school leaders.
After selecting a strong candidate, the next step is to pitch the program to the potential school partner. This article links to resources leaders can use to plan and execute high-quality informational meetings with individual district/school leaders or facilitate a group presentation regarding iMentor's mission, vision and programming in a way that highlights the value-add of partnership with the organization.
The fourth step in establishing a new school partnership is sending and receiving the school partner application. This article links to the iMentor School Partnership Application, sample email communication and materials leaders can use to establish the foundation of strong partnerships with schools.
The final step in expanding to a new school partner is signing a formal partnership agreement. This link directs to a folder containing sample partnership agreements regional leaders can use when collaborating with iMentor's Operations team to develop partnership agreements that school partners will sign to formalize their relationship with iMentor and commitment to programmatic support.