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Advertise your call for alumni

Julie Leary

Ready to launch your alumni engagement program? Have a specific event you need to recruit alumni for? We've drafted advertising posts for you to copy and paste into you school's newsletter, website and social media pages. Tailor them as you need to include more details on your request. These ever-green advertisements can stay on your website for a week - or a year!

School website

Click here to download more images to advertise your outreach.

Click here to download more images to advertise your outreach.

Add the banner ad above to your school's website and have it click through to: https://www.alumnitoolkit.org/alumni/. If your school's website homepage has an introductory message, this is a great opportunity to share the news of your your program launch: 

Attention Alumni: Remember what is was like in high school?  Be the role model you wish you had and share your insights into college access and career pathways. Every journey counts. Your experience is powerful and can inspire students on their way to graduation. Visit us once, or once a week. Sign up at: https://www.alumnitoolkit.org/alumni/

Social Media

Click here to download more images to advertise your outreach.

Click here to download more images to advertise your outreach.

Post this image across your school's social media sites and consider posting into alumni groups associated with your school on Facebook. Naming a specific event alumni can RSVP to or calling out qualities in alumni you're looking for will help create a sense of urgency and may inspire alumni to meet the demand. 

Tailor the message below to suit your needs. We commend targeting grads from the classes of 2013-2017 for college knowledge; grads from 2005-2015 can help with career awareness and class projects; and alumni from 2005 and beyond can secure community partnerships that may help secure workplace visits, internships and mentors. 

As alumni, you're the champion of our school's culture. We're working with Alumni Toolkit to help streamline our alumni recruiting efforts, and better manage our alumni.  Help me bring back alumni like you who can inspire the future. 80% of students want college and career advice from real life alumni, and the diverse experiences of you and your class can make a difference. Read more about the power of alumni https://www.alumnitoolkit.org/alumni/. 

What's Happening: College Application Season

Julie Leary

Near-peer recent grads are relatable role models who can share college application and FAFSA success strategies. Posting an advertisement to recruit alumni as volunteers every day on social media might frustrate your audience and be considered spam. We've compiled some newsworthy bite-sized stories to share, all while raising awareness of the need for alumni to answer an important call: support for college access. 

Copy and paste these posts on your school's social media sites and include a link to our page for alumni.  

You can also download advertising images here

FAFSA applications: A race to submit

“As a longtime runner, coach and high school teacher, I know an important race when I see one,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said. “Filling out these financial aid applications is the first step toward college success and helps students qualify for federal, state, and campus-based financial aid.” Read the full article here

This is college application season. Attention - Alumni:  Can you be an inspiring MVP to help students with college access? Sign up to support your school and be the role model you wish you had: https://www.alumnitoolkit.org/alumni/

 

60% of working adults will need post-secondary credentials

The Lumina Foundation, a nationwide funder of college attainment initiatives, predicts that by 2025, 60 percent of working-age adults (25-64) will need a college degree and/or a postsecondary credential to meet projected workforce demands. Read the full article here

Right now a student in your old high school is struggling to figure out how to pay for college. Did you rock your FAFSA form? Sign up to support today's students and offer the guidance you needed when you were in school: https://www.alumnitoolkit.org/alumni/

 

To complete or not to complete: "Optional" questions in applications

And what about all my competitors? If I'm the only one who doesn't do the "optional" piece, I'll really look terrible. But maybe a lot of them won't do it; then I should be OK. But what if no one does the "optional" piece and it's just me? Read the full article here

Remember how hard it was to fill out your college applications? It's easy and powerful to go back and help students complete the applications they're struggling with right now. Sign up to support your school and be the role model you wish you had: https://www.alumnitoolkit.org/alumni/ 

 

Class of 2016 left behind the tune of $2.3 billion in federal funds

Some schools get creative in their efforts to get students to fill out the forms.

"A lot of times what they'll do is designate a specific seat in the lunchroom and say, 'Hey seniors--this is reserved for you.  Come sit down during lunch and start," Howell describes. "And then they have little celebrations when they reach different levels of completion--50 percent, 90-percent, 100-percent." Read the full article here.

If you remember the struggle to complete FAFSA, go back and help today's students: https://www.alumnitoolkit.org/alumni/ 

 

How to survive the college application season 

#8 - don't just apply to the usual suspects. Engaging alumni with diverse experiences will help with that. Read the full article here

Do you have your own tips to share with students? Volunteer your time once, or once per week to support students https://www.alumnitoolkit.org/alumni/