College Goal Sunday state programs work hard to engage as many interested volunteers as possible in formal ways such as serving as state coordinators, on the state taskforce/steering committee, site coordinator, or on a committee. We also contact volunteers to participate in and host focus group sessions, surveys, disseminate information, telephone interviews, and to help staff College Goal Sunday exhibitor tables during conferences, present on specific topics, or to send in articles and photos for our publications.
The College Goal Sunday State Coordinators oversee all aspects of the College Goal Sunday statewide program including plan and chair taskforce/steering committee meetings; attend site visits and trainings; understand postsecondary issues in the state; organize all efforts and delegate responsibilities; identify areas for growth and recruit new taskforce members.
State taskforces/steering committees
The state taskforces/steering committees operate as a goal-setting body with overall responsibility for establishing the organization’s strategic directions, public relations, site and volunteer recruitment and sustainability of the program. The members of the task force should be representative of a statewide post secondary initiative. Members should be chosen because they bring various perspectives on the target population with which they work and understand the importance of postsecondary education attainment. Since members will be working in small groups, the size of the task force can be larger.
The site coordinators oversee all site event logistics and on-the-ground community outreach. The coordinator identifies local partners to support site efforts including arrange parking, translation services, assure high speed internet/computer access, transportation and any child care. In addition to logistics, the site coordinator sets up the scholarship drawing opportunity, selects site, date and times of events, provides site orientation for all volunteers, organizes packets, requests/identifies site volunteers and sets up presentations.
National Network for Hispanic Families
The National Network consists of volunteer representatives from states and territories supporting College Goal Sunday activities and initiatives to increase outreach to the Hispanic communities. This network of CGS volunteers advises CGS states on effective outreach strategies to change college-going behaviors among Hispanic populations.
State sub-committees/working groups
The state taskforce establishes sub-committees to work on items related to the program implementation, to make recommendations to the taskforce related to planning and to provide feedback to the state coordinator on action plans. Working group volunteers generally have one area of focus instead of being responsible for the entire program. One member of each working group reports to the statewide coordinator on progress. Working groups include but are not limited to PR/Outreach, Fundraising, Research/Evaluation, Volunteer and Site Logistics.