Define your club's purpose. Your elementary school club needs to have a focused vision, targeting a specific interest area for students. Your club can bring out kids' artistic side, explore nature or encourage participation in a sport. Determine what interest your elementary school club will appeal to as a starting point.
Evaluate other school clubs. You want to offer a club that meets an area that other clubs are not addressing. Find out what clubs currently exist at the elementary school, and find a niche that remains unfulfilled. A unique club idea that doesn't compete with other clubs will appeal to school administrators who have to approve your club.
Contact the elementary school to submit a club application. Every school's process is different, but you can expect to submit a detailed application about your potential club's goals, interests and sponsors for school approval. Fill the application out following the school's guidelines to ensure red tape doesn't prevent you from launching your club.
Find a sponsor. Since you're starting the club, you're probably willing to serve as the club's sponsor. However, if your schedule doesn't give you the time to attend all club activities, look for another responsible adult to serve as the sponsor -- someone who is willing to organize events, attend meetings and inspire the students. A parent of an interested student, for example, could be a sponsor for the club.
Recruit students for your club once it's approved by the school. Post fliers around the school or hand out informational brochures to interested students and parents. Your fliers and brochures should provide club basics, including its goals, purpose, meeting times, activities and requirements -- note whether students need supplies or need to pay a membership fee, for example.
Schedule regular meetings and activities. Launch your first meeting with an open house welcoming any interested students and their parents, allowing them to learn more about what the club has to offer. Hand out a monthly or semesterly calendar so students can plan to participate in the newest elementary school club.
Things You Will Need
- School application
- Meeting space
When your teen hits a club, ensure that age limits are being observed. That prevents older people from entering the club on teen night, which means that no alcohol is being sold. This keeps teens from using fake IDs to procure illegal cocktails or being approached by unsavory adults. Velocity, a company that hosts teen nights in several clubs across the United States, requires proof of age before a teen is allowed to enter. This means you can't go on a teen night and preview the scene, but you can visit the club and ask questions before letting your teen attend an event.
Outside Food and Drink
To reduce the risk of teens smuggling in drugs or alcohol, ensure that the club your teen wants to attend has rules regarding bringing in outside food or drinks. These clubs will search teens before they enter and any unauthorized items will be confiscated. Some clubs serve water, soda, pizza, candy and other snacks during teen night so kids can drink and refuel between dances.
Clubs that host teen nights often have police officers or security guards on scene to monitor behavior. While some clubs promote sexual behavior, underage drinking or other inappropriate activities, the club you let your teen go to should have adults putting a stop to such behavior. The Velocity club experience lets parents know that any harassment, intimidation or sexual advances result in removal from the club. This ensures that teens are safe while they have fun and gives parents peace of mind that their child will be protected while she's at a teen club.
You don't want your teen dressing in skimpy or provocative clothing nor do you want her exposed to other teens who are. A safe club for teens should have a dress code that prevents kids from leaving the house in one outfit and changing into something unapproved once they get to the club. Velocity requires teens to keep their tops on at all times and doesn't allow any type of hats, bandanas or other head wear that could be associated with gangs. Check that the teen club requires kids to keep all of their private body parts covered at all times.
Finding Leadership and Members
Search for schools in your area. The Kentucky Department of Education school directory lists all public schools by county.
Write down the names and contact information for any administrators or teachers who may be interested in helping sponsor the club.
For an independent club not associated with a school, search the Homeschool World Kentucky homeschool groups page for local homeschool co-ops or organizations. Also leave information at local churches.
Securing a Location
Determine the number of initial members the club will have. You will just need a rough head count.
Search for a location to hold your meetings.
Look at schools and churches for space. Many schools and churches will offer free meeting space for student organizations. Speak with the church or school staff to determine if your group is qualified to use the space. For small groups, personal homes may work well.
Structuring the Club
Define your club's goal and purpose. Write out in words exactly what you hope to accomplish with the club.
Observe other local Kentucky bible clubs for ideas.
Contact parents of potential members to see if anyone is willing to donate to a start-up fund. Use this money for printing promotional fliers, starting a website and purchasing materials for the club such as extra bibles, worksheets and snacks.
Launch the Club
Choose an official start date and time.
Print fliers about your church group with the dates, times and location and your contact information, and post them in area schools and churches.
Secure materials needed for the first meeting and outline a discussion plan.
Create the new club, meet its members and begin.
Things You Will Need
- School Directory
Bible lesson plans can be purchased or downloaded online for free. Simply search for bible study lessons and all you will need is a printer.
Speak to the public school administration before starting a bible club at a public school. Some schools have restrictions and regulations that must be followed by all school organizations and clubs. You will need to look over these guidelines thoroughly before attempting to start the club.
One of the most important factors of safe hangout spots is adequate supervision. When left alone, teens might be more likely to influence each other's behavior. Any hangout location should have some type of adult supervision available, whether it's the security team at a teen club or a parent's presence at a teen party, warns the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control website. Proper supervision gives you peace of mind that rules are being followed and that your teen is staying safe while she's hanging out with her peers.
The rule should be clear to your teen before she even leaves the house -- absolutely no illegal substances should be consumed at any of her favorite hangouts. In fact, any hangout that would allow underage drinking or drug usage should be avoided and reported to the proper authorities. That's why hangout locations that only allow teens are better choices than all-ages clubs where alcohol may be served or brought and distributed by older individuals.
A report by Consumer Affairs found that some teen hangout activities might not be as innocent as they looked, citing an instance where a DJ at teen club was encouraging teens to behave inappropriately. Check ahead to see what type of activities will be available to teens at a hangout spot. In general, wholesome activities that keep teens busy -- ice skating or bowling, for example -- will engage teens and avoid misbehavior due to boredom or pairing off with one another.
Finally, set rules for the overall atmosphere of a teen hangout. You should know what type of music is played and how teens spend their time while at a particular hotspot. Bob Johnson, a club manager, tells ConnectingWithKids.com that you should consider the hours of the hangout, the area of the town in which the hangout is located and the general rules before giving your okay for your teen to attend. If you don't agree with the music and atmosphere of a hangout location, talk to your teen about your concerns and suggest a better alternative.