Charlene and I have spent plenty of time talking about how do we raise awareness to Grange youth and young adult opportunities in the community or subordinate Grange. Because, it’s the local Grange, that has the greatest impact on encouraging Grange Youth and Young adults.
In about six weeks, Grange Month will be here. We both think what a great opportunity Grange month provides for Grange Youth and Young Adults to have a lot of fun, encourage others to join their Grange and the chance to show others the impact of a Grange on its local community.
What better way to promote the Granges ideals of American Values, Hometown Roots.?
Need some help getting started? Here are some ideas. Also feel free to share your other successful ideas.
1. Have a food drive-in.
2. Organize job shadow days with Grangers, for youth and others to learn about different careers in their communities.
3. Work with local and school newspapers, radio and TV stations to run public service announcements highlighting local Grange activities.
4. Host a “fun night” at the Grange Hall with games like “Minute-to-Win It” or other game show activities, invite friends to attend.
5. Partner with other local agriculture organizations to host a farm/city exchange between a local farm family and government official/local media personality. Host a Farm/City dinner/reception at the Grange to hear from both groups about their experiences.
6. Work with elementary school students or your Junior Grangers to plant a tree—or two – in honor of Grange month.
7. Hold a Grange Open House for the community and conduct interactive activities for participants.
8. Connect with our agricultural heritage, host an ag career day to learn about different job opportunities. Invite local speakers, farmers, Extension agents, agribusiness owners and managers. Statistics show this will be an employment growth industry for young people.
9. Conduct a “Flat Stanley” contest for members to photograph their Stanley at different Grange events.
10. Organize a community clean-up campaign.
11. Invite your state Grange youth royalty to speak at a community Grange meeting or participate in a local Grange event.
12. Work with a local FFA chapter on a joint community service or agricultural awareness activity.
13. Partner with other youth or young adult organizations on a community service project.
14. Determine your “Top Ten Reasons” to join Grange and utilize them during an event to generate awareness to your Grange.
15. Host a Grange movie night, invite the community to the Grange hall.
16. Host food and clothing drives or other community-wide outreach.
17. Tweet it. Post it. Like it up! Post your activities and encourage them to go viral through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
18. Organize a school supply or toy drive.
19. Create a fun video of Grange youth/young adult activities, post the video online and use to promote your local Grange’s impact.
20. Put on a petting zoo, pedal tractor pull or coloring contest for elementary students.
Invite non-members to a meeting.
21. Host a dance in your Grange Hall or organize a barn dance.
22. Look into hosting events like a lock-in, pizza party, movie night, bowling, karaoke, and more.
23. Have a local mayor and/or other community officials sign a Grange Month Proclamation.
24. Present a community service award/ honorary membership awards to a Grange youth supporter.
25. . Volunteer for a day with Habitat for Humanity.
26. Host a bowl-a-thon, raise funds for the National Grange Youth Foundation.
27. Organize a celebrity “cook off” – could be chili, ice cream, or other local food specialty – invite the community in to sample the entries, and select a winner.
28. Organize a “youth/young adult officer” night. Let youth and young adult Grange members run a Grange meeting.
29. Invite your state youth director or youth committee member to speak at a Grange meeting about state youth/young adult events/opportunities.
30. Invite your state master and Grange herd partner to speak with your Grange youth. Get a photo with their Grange herd mascot and share on my Facebook page.