Summary: Partnership tips: working with agencies
Partnerships between schools and their surrounding communities can have a positive impact on
both parties involved. Too often relationships are strained by assumptions made by both sides.
However, If both sides collaborate to work towards the common goal of community improvement,
great strides can be made. It is important to realize that many community agencies may not have
the same or as extensive experience working with young people as your school. You may need to
advocate for the involvement of young people or help agencies understand how to best provide
Steps to building a strong partnership with community agencies
1. Plan before contacting
Develop basic goals and
guidelines for your program.
Identify the issues in which
volunteers and volunteer
leader are interested.
Learn which community
organizations and people are
involved in addressing these