STart a club

What does it take to provide these coordination services that create opportunities for friendship to a child or young adult living with a disability? It takes a community of passionate people to make this happen. DreamCatchers NH will coordinate the efforts and provide the required resources to make this a success.

 

Starting a middle or high school club

If the club is at a school, follow this process. Individuals should be around 12-20 years of age. 

 

How DreamCatchers NH supports you: 

  • We partner with you to talk to your local school to implement a program using a school space and recruiting paraprofessional volunteers. This goes best with a parent willing to advocate for this program at their school.

    • DreamCatchers provides answers to any questions the school may have from experience.

  • We also provide: 

    • the club structure, activities, and model for a club leader to follow but volunteers are welcome to do what interests the members.

    • $500 stipend to the leaders willing to help and up to $500 for materials/snacks. The school can choose to match either or both of these in support of the volunteer club leader.

    • insurance coverage for space and individuals.

    • an activity book with all the things to do at each meeting.

    • paperwork for families and students to complete for the safety of the students and volunteers (emergency contact info, etc.).

 

What an interested parent or student should do:

  • We recommend the parent reaches out to the school to make an appointment with the principle and any special needs focused individuals you think would need to be there (a DreamCatchers NH staff member can join you if you would like). 

    • We recommend someone who knows your child, perhaps a member of their IEP team.

    • A guidance counselor is helpful to invite in order to identify any other individuals who would benefit from this program.

    • The Special Education Director is also recommended as they may know interested volunteers to lead this program.

  • Be willing to spread the word to other parents at your school.

  • Talk to the IEP team or help find another volunteer to support the groups.

 

Starting at a non-school location

(Middle School, High School, or Young Adult)

 

How DreamCatchers NH supports you:

  • We partner with you to arrange a space to meet.

  • We post a volunteer description for a club leader.

  • We provide:

    • the club structure, activities, and model for a club leader to follow.

    • tools to recruit volunteers and members (post on Facebook, volunteer sites, etc.).

    • up to $1000 stipend for materials/snacks.

    • insurance coverage for space and individuals.

    • an activity book with all the things to do at each meeting.

    • paperwork for families and students to complete the safety of the students and volunteers (emergency contact info, etc.).

 

The interested parent or potential member will:

  • Recommend locations in their area for use as space.

  • Recruit interested volunteers or members.

  • Can decide to run the program with or without a club leader.

  • Help determine the best times to meet.

  • Be willing to either lead the group or recruit a club leader.

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More questions? Reach out to Dena here, thank you! 

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