Dream Mile Publicity Lead Kishore Krishnan and Booth Coordinator Devaki to talk the group
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DREAM MILE 2013
V I B H A Y O U T H M E E T I N G – A U G U S T 1 8 , 2 0 1 3
• Vibha Youth Overview
• What has been done in 2012-2013 so far
• Current Club Updates
• Dream Mile Planning
Who We Are?
A US-based non-profit, non-religious, non-political volunteer organization that
seeks to restore the promise of a future to underprivileged children
Ensure that every underprivileged child attains his or her right to education,
health and opportunity
Educate, empower, and enable every individual who wishes to make a positive
difference to the life of an underprivileged child
VIBHA IN NUMBERS
15 Number of Vibha Action Centers
Cents from every dollar raised that
goes to child development projects
190+ Number of projects supported to date
800+ Number of volunteers
Number of children positively
Dollars raised by Vibha for the cause
of child development
What we do?
Support child development organizations executing
projects with these primary focuses:
• Vocational and livelihood training
• Care for physically and/or mentally challenged children
• Rescue and rehabilitation of children in vulnerable
Y O U T H C O O R D I N A T O R
N E E R A J A S A R D A
WHY VIBHA YOUTH?
• Developing Leadership Quality by taking up the challenging tasks, which will
help in area of the life
• Getting Volunteer hours for the school and earning credit while doing
something for the community
• Youth are full of energy, full of new ideas, capable of taking up the challenges
and completing them well, while juggling a ridiculous amount of homework
and many other activities. It’s time for the adults to see of what we’re capable
• Start with Youth Group, go to College Group, and be part of Vibha core group,
take Vibha with you wherever you go (corporate life)
• Be ready to do smaller jobs when you join. It gets better and more fun
• Enjoy volunteering with same age members, and make new friends
VIBHA YOUTH ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE
2 ways to form a group – Vibha Youth Club in High School, or neighborhood Vibha Youth Group
High School Club
Get 20 interested students
Get teacher mentor
Existing group would help you with further action of conducting meeting, designing charter,
arranging programs, etc.
Start with group of 10-12 youth members of Middle and High school students
2 students leader (preferably of different grade level) with 1 parent mentor
Advantage of Neighborhood club:
When faced with hurdle at opening the club at the school, this will serve the same purpose
without having to follow school’s rigid regulations.
Bring in diversity by inviting other friends.
When the group becomes larger, split it into 2 with 2 more leaders taking charge of it.
Leaders can communicate, and motivate their members easily.
Different grade level leaders would help in easy transition and survival of the group
Mainly managed by youth members, with a parent stepping in if required
OVERALL VIBHA YOUTH STRUCTURE
• 2-3 Main Youth coordinators – take over all control of the Youth Organization,
and work with Vibha core group as well as with Junior/Senior high school
students – who are generally club leaders, or in general have leadership
• Junior/Senior – would be president, vice president of the of the club, will take
charge of their group, and coordinate with them at the time of Vibha events
• Freshman/Sophomore - follow Junior/Senior, and get training to take charge
of the Club eventually
• Middle school students - Get trained by helping High School Youth members
Leaders are not limited by numbers – everyone who puts in the effort to make
Vibha Events successful, is a leader, no matter which grade they are in.
When required, Vibha Youth should not be the last on their list after all other
extra curricular activities.
EXISTING VIBHA YOUTH CLUBs
Alpharetta High School (2008)
Northview High School (2012)
ICE club @ Chattahoochee High School
Lakehill Neighborhood Club (2011)
WHAT DID YOUTH DO IN 2012-13
Summer volunteering @ Books For Africa
Vibha Youth got stronger at CHS through ICE club
Opened new Youth Group @NHS
Volunteering for Dream Mile (from Planning – to Event Day Execution)
Dream Play (Youth organized event, better than ever before, 400
Local volunteering @ Fostercare Support Foundation
• Idea put forward by Vibha GT
• 5K Walk, 5K Run, Kids carnival
• Started in 1998
• Known as Vibha Walk/Vibha 5K from 1998 to 2006
• Branded as The Dream Mile in 2007
• Organized in most Vibha Action centers in US
• Raised over a million dollars over the years
• Supported over 70,000 children in various projects over the past 14 years
• 25,000 plus participants over the years all over US
DREAM MILE - ATLANTA
• This is Vibha Atlanta’s flagship event.
• With over a 1000 participants, Dream Mile is one of the bigger races in
the Greater Atlanta area and one of the biggest Indian American events
• It is a national event - organized in 10 different cities across the U.S.
• This is our 15th consecutive year in Atlanta - It is a well recognized
event in Atlanta and was recognized as 'one of 11 charities to run for
across the whole of U.S.A by active.com'
DREAM MILE 2013
September 21st 2013
Right here in Johns Creek, but new location
Shakerag Park, Johns Creek, GA
Events: 10K Run - 5K Run – 5K Walk
What Vibha Youth can do for
Every thing that the adults can do!!
Except with more energy, newer ideas, and better ability with technology.
TENTATIVE TEAM LEADS
Publicity: (spreading the word) - Vikash
Registration: (gathering as many participants as possible) – Khushboo
Volunteer Management: (gathering as many volunteers as possible) -
Help the publicity team with spreading the word around. Talk to the friends at
school, classes, neighbors
Putting the posters at as many places as you can – Indian store, coffee shops,
athletic store, clubs
Contact cross country club at school and see if they can send the students to
walk/Run on that day
Sign up to distribute the post card at the Saturday races – it take an hour or so
on Saturday morning – car pooling can be arranged if require
Mandate the booth when require.
Vibha Atlanta Youth on Facebook – spread the word through this, comment on
the posts, which will encourage friend circles to get involved too
The businesses around the place you go – contact them if they would
like to give some sponsorship
Explain it is in Johns creek and how it will help their business
If you are not comfortable talking, pass on the likely sponsorship
details to the main team, and they can take it from there.
Encourage people to register for the event, online, offline whichever
way it works.
If you know someone is likely to walk/run, keep reminding them till they
Make them fill out the offline registration form and collect the dues
(contact me, if you need the forms, keep couple of forms always with
Send emails to friend, neighbors, HOA, for reminding them to register
Put a poster at subdivision notice board
Encourage them to form a team and register – saying it will be fun to
walk together, some quality time with friends
Contact Beta Club teacher and ask them if they can put our event on the list of
volunteering for beta club
Reserve Sep 21st for Dream Mile, and no commitments to other activities – inform
your parent, avoid planning anything for event day, and evening before that.
Sign up for Dream Mile Event Day Volunteering (name, email, phone, time)
Send to club leader (who will send it to Manasa)
OR directly to Manasa (email@example.com)
Preferred time to volunteer – can select multiple/all time
early morning (setup, registration)
During the race – (on the course cheering, water table, kid’s corner, awareness
booth, closing line team)
After race – (food counter, kid’s corner, awareness booth, price distribution)
Whole event day
Collect whole of 1st semester volunteering hours, just by helping for
Everything that you do for any of the above category is your
volunteering, and can be counted for volunteering hours. Depending
on the efforts put by you, and if your parents vouch for that, I would be
able to sign whatever form require for Beta Club.
Those who have helped during summer for this event, please note
down the hours spent, and task covered, and we can sign it for your
summer volunteering hours.
We believe in less but effective mails – so please read the emails from Vibha
Youth, and reply to email when asked for something. If you do not like lots of
emails in your mailbox, follow this practice, take the email sent seriously, and
do not wait for another reminder.
Need to inform something to the group – email to
firstname.lastname@example.org (group email)
If you need to inform something to leaders of the groups – email to
email@example.com (individual email) eg. If you want to inform you would
volunteer, do not send to the whole group, and overload everyone’s inbox)