If Safe Sitter® were a sport, Instructors would be the athletes and Site Coordinators their coaches. Just as coaches sustain athletes’ enthusiasm for the game, Site Coordinators work to keep Instructors motivated and their Safe Sitter® program going. Here’s what you should look for—and where you can look— when recruiting new members of your Safe Sitter® team!
What to look for
In addition to being at least 18 years old, Instructors should have the following characteristics:
- Have a love for children of all ages, but especially enjoy working with young teens.
- Be nurturing, enthusiastic, and have a spirit of fun.
- Able to serve as a role model for young people.
- Enjoy teaching and sharing information that is relevant and medically accurate while being flexible when dealing with diverse students and the changing ways they learn (i.e., technology).
- Feel called to the cause of protecting today’s children and training tomorrow’s parents.
- Willing to maintain the integrity of the program and committed to teaching the number of classes each year that your site requires.
- Want to make a difference in the lives of young teens – building confidence, instilling responsibility, and empowering them to be safe when home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting.
Where to look
The best way to recruit is always through word-of-mouth. It shows enthusiasm for your program! Consider inviting a potential Instructor to observe one of your student classes. Other ideas include:
- Post flyers in your organization’s break rooms, in the elevator, or just outside of the cafeteria to encourage interested participants to become Instructors. Fill out an Instructor Recruitment Flyer Request and we’ll send you one to use!
- Recruit student nurses who need public health experience.
- Recruit pediatric nurses or administrative staff who work in a physician’s office.
- Recruit middle school teachers or school nurses who may be available on the same school breaks when you teach classes.
- Recruit volunteers to handle student registration, coordinate supplies, set up the classroom, handle crowd control at the graduation ceremony, etc. These volunteers may become Instructors!
- Recruit the parents of your graduates at the graduation ceremony.
- Ask someone you know – someone you’d like to teach with!
- Recruit new moms from your prenatal classes.
- Click on volunteermatch.org and post your opportunity. They link people interested in volunteering with organizations in need of volunteers.
Recruiting the right people to teach Safe Sitter® is so important, and one of the biggest responsibilities a Site Coordinator has. Make it easier on yourself by following these tips on what to look for and where to look the next time you find yourself in need of more Instructors!