I have two graduates, and I only have two school years left with BabyBaby. She needs more contact with local kids her age. Her activities are martial arts, and the few kids her age there are male, just one female. Changing styles or gyms is not an option.
She will be doing a few classes at an enrichment center one day/week, and there will be some old friends she lost touch with there.
For reasons I won't go into, she is no longer part of a long-time friend group, and it looks like things might be shifting with some current friends as well, in addition to several friends graduating and aging out of programs. There are only four girls in our high school youth group, two just graduated and one is the other girl from the gym... changing churches or youth group is also not an option, although she'd be open to attending a different youth group if it didn't interfere with her martial arts training.
All righty, what I'm wanting to do is start a sort of field trip club for high schoolers ONLY. We stopped going to homeschool events years ago because there were either no older kids, or the event got aimed at the "mature" little siblings who had to tag along. But there are so many things my youngest especially has missed out on, and honestly, I think many field trip locations are far more interesting when you're older, especially since we live in a very historical area. I'd like to plan a mix of fun, sporty, arts, and educational trips/events. What I need is help with phrasing a general purpose and guidelines thing. I'm not sure if I should make it an email list or Facebook group. I prefer Facebook group because that works best for me.
What I want:
Grades 9-12 only, age 14+, no matter how smart and mature the 12yo is.
Pre-payment and registration. mail check? PayPal? (Free events still require payment to hold place, either returned day of event or donation to venue)
General behavior policy
Drop-off preferred, or how to phrase it so that if younger siblings are there, if it's an 'open to the public' event that they have to stay with a parent and not participate with the high school group?
If I'm merely setting up meeting times and arranging for group discounts, what kind of waiver should I have them sign? And what info should I collect- parent contact, etc.?
most important to me, how can I set it up so that participants/members have to be approved? The fallout mentioned above had police involvement, and my state doesn't do restraining orders except for domestic partnership situations, so it's my duty to avoid the trouble. but we've been hiding and avoiding long enough, I want to reach out and help meet my child's needs without setting myself up for trouble or lawsuits, or worse, wasting my time and ending up with another preschool playgroup because as soon as one middle schooler shows up, the high school kids never return. And I have nothing against middle schoolers, but there are so few opportunities and events for high schoolers, and I want to help provide that for them
Edited by Rebel Yell, 15 July 2017 - 10:29 PM.