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Create an Advisory Board

Build a Brain Trust

To strengthen your partnerships, consider establishing an advisory board for the 21st CCLC program. (Although advisory boards or committees are not a requirement in the federal legislation, it is recommended in the non-regulatory guidance, and some states require grantees from advisory boards.) Invite a representative from each partner organization, and also include key individuals such as school principals and representatives of your major stakeholder groups: teachers, 21st CCLC staff and parents.  Student representatives are strongly recommended, especially when programs serve middle and high school youth. You may also wish to include community members or local business leaders. 

Stay in Touch

To keep your advisory board members aware and involved, hold regular meetings — and be sure to schedule them at least 3 to 4 weeks in advance. Designate one to two staff to serve as liaisons to the board and coordinate meeting schedules and agendas. 

Take a look at this video to see an advisory board in action and learn about its purpose. Listen for points that could help you strengthen your partnerships.

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Strengthening Partnerships

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Glossary

Strengthening Partnerships