Ideas & Resources
IDEAS & RESOURCES
Below you will find ideas and resources (including sample press releases, proclamations, newsletter inserts, and ribbons) for celebrating Thank A Youth Worker Day.
WHAT CAN I DO?
- Put Thank A Youth Worker Day (TAYWD) on your calendar.
- Send a TAYWD link to your friends and colleagues.
- Sign up to receive information and TAYWD reminders.
- Wear and display an orange awareness ribbon on TAYWD. Ribbons are available for purchase at Awareness Ribbons.
- Engage your friends and colleagues to get involved and celebrate TAYWD.
- Update your social media status and tag TAYWD. One FB example: “Today is Thank A Youth Worker Day. Make this your status today and thank a youth worker who impacts your life or community.”
- Add a TAYWD tag to your email signature.
- Personally ask a local youth serving organization to get involved.
- Write or blog about TAYWD and the importance of Youth Workers in your community or life.
WHAT CAN MY COMMUNITY DO?
- Ask local government officials (mayor, city council, county council) to proclaim TAYWD locally. (See sample proclamation).
- Contact local youth-serving networks/agencies to promote TAYWD (ie, community, government, faith based organizations, etc.)
- Send a press release to local media outlets and encourage local media (ie, newspaper, radio, TV, etc) to do feature stories on local Youth Workers. (See sample press release)
- Host and/or coordinate a community event that celebrates Youth Workers.
- Contact area businesses or organizations with large or electronic sign boards with a request to promote TAYWD.
- Post flyers throughout the community to promote TAYWD.
- Invite youth-serving and government networks/agencies to post TAYWD on their websites.
- Enroll parents in the community to create a plan to thank Youth Workers.
- Invite local eateries to run specials/discounts on that day for Youth Workers.
WHAT CAN MY ORGANIZATION DO?
- Distribute orange ribbons to all supporters, including clients, participants, partners, employees, etc. You can order ribbons at Awareness Ribbons.
- Host a TAYWD event (i.e. luncheon, reception, open house, breakfast, insert your best idea here!)
- Ask youth in your organization to plan a thank you for your front-line Youth Workers.
- Gather and send thank you notes from parents, youth, and other staff to every Youth Worker in your organization.
- Post flyers in your building and in the community to promote TAYWD.
- Engage your local media: send a press release to local media outlets, invite media to local events, etc. (See sample press release)
- Feature stories about your Youth Workers in internal and external publications.
- Put information about TAYWD on your website and in all publications.
- Partner with other organizations in your area for a community-wide celebration.
50 Ways 2 Say Thanks
TAYWD Cheat Sheet
Sample Press Release
Thank A Youth Worker Day Ribbon
Sample Email to Friends
Share Your Thanks On Social Media: Thank A Youth Worker Day Facebook
Organize a Flash Mob: In 2012, Flash Mobs were organized around Indiana to call attention to the field of youth work. Check out this video to get inspired!
Make a Video: Here are some examples.