Resource Guide: Establishing an Outreach Partnership

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  • Identify a contact person at the facility you are interested in partnering with, so you can get a sense of who the players are and what the politics are like. Possible contacts include directors, teachers, librarians, supervisors, counselors, etc. There may be a "Friends" of the Juvenile Hall group that may be of help.

  • Depending on what your research has yielded, speak with the juvenile hall's director or director of programs, or with the principal of the school inside the hall.

  • Present your contact with a clear and simple proposal describing the program and activities you would like to implement.

  • Work with your contact to create a workable program plan, taking into consideration such factors as institutional procedures (security clearance, authorization, etc.).