Partnerships between business and afterschool programs can be mutually beneficial as each have unique strengths to offer one another. When establishing partnerships it helps to understand what each bring to the table.

When Approaching business consider the value proposition of why they should support your program and what messages resonate.

Challenges businesses face:

 

  1. Building talent pipeline

  2. Employability skill gaps

  3. Community reputation

  4. Competition

  5. Employee attraction and retention

Messages that resonates:

  1. Keep it simple

  2. Out-of-School Time Programs keep kids safe; Expand Learning; supports working families

  3. Worker productivity

  4. Future workforce skill building

  5. Opportunities for employee engagement in the community

Where do you find businesses/organizations and how do you know if they are a good fit?

Resources

Afterschool Toolkit: Community to Business:Tools and Resources that Benefit Businesses: This toolkit has been designed by Corporate Voices for Working Families to serve as a resource that will help after school advocates, navigate the business world and form lasting partnerships that will benefit the business community, the after school programs, the parents and, most important, the youth who need these programs.

Chamber of Commerce Directory for Virginia

Assessing Businesses in Your Community

 

The spreadsheets in the templates and samples box to are available to help you research and assess which businesses might be a good fit with your program.

Templates and Samples