Engaging with your constituents today is different than how you’ve had to engage with them in the past. Even though you can’t meet in person and host events, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t engage with your constituents. There are several ways to continue developing your community while remaining respectful of these circumstances.
Princeton Day School (PDS) is exploring new and innovative ways to interact with their alumni from afar. Below are a few concepts that they’ve begun to test in response to COVID-19.
- PDS recently launched a Panther AlumLIVE initiative that regularly showcases alumni and their talents on Facebook live. By asking alumni to share their abilities with their peers and school community, people are brought together and encouraged to learn and share with each other. The first alumna to participate was a Nashville musician who put on a live living room performance.
- As teachers seek ways to engage students from afar, PDS’ Advancement Team is working hard to connect alumni who can support classroom teaching. They are looking to adapt their alumni to classroom connections they've done in the past to be all remote. Recently, they helped to connect a STEAM class learning about computers with an alum and CEO of a computer security firm to discuss the importance of security. To learn more about their constituents’ interest in ongoing learning efforts and their skillsets, PDS sent out a survey to their community.
- The Advancement Team is also looking to partner with other departments including college guidance counselors and senior project advisors to bring in alumni to address students' needs.
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