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Member-to-Member Tip Off: Staff Recruitment During the Pandemic

In NAA's Reopening Afterschool Facebook group, members have been asked questions covering a variety of relevant and helpful topics with the goal of offering an exchange of tips between leaders and professionals in the field.

Recently, NAA asked afterschool leaders for their best tips for staff recruitment during the pandemic:

"We were on a hiring freeze so couldn't hire anyone ... but we did partner with Camp Fire & Boys/Girls Club to offer programming, so that helped with staff."
– Erica Kreisler, Out of School Coordinator, Kansas City of Parks & Recreation.

"I personally reached out to local colleges head of the Department of Education and introduced myself and the program and provided them the application link to send out to their education students. I also included the benefits that working for our program has for their students and the real-world education applications. Also had our school district send an email to district teachers to pass along information to people they may know."
– Tyler Kearns, Program Coordinator, Clayton School District: Kid Zone.

"Our district put recruitment information in their biweekly newsletters that go out to all parents and staff and teachers put the information in their classroom newsletters. I also posted at colleges and the high school."
– Ashlee Liska, Program Director, Republic R-III School District.

What are some of your top tips for staff recruitment during the pandemic?

NAA Executive members can join the Reopening Afterschool Facebook group to ask questions, brainstorm solutions, share resources, and learn from each other as our field takes on the challenge of meeting the needs of kids, families, and communities facing a very different back to school season. For more information and access, login to your member account today.

Courtesy of NAA.