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  1. Share Mike with another school, university, or business in your area on the same day. Mike’s fee can be split between multiple clients on the same day. Mike can speak at your school in the morning, a neighboring business in the afternoon, and then catch a flight to his next destination in the evening. Mike speaks to more people, you save more money…It’s a win-win for everyone!

  2. Check with your school administration for funding from the Associated Student Body fund. For teacher inservice programs, ask about Staff Development — Title VI funding.

  3. Plan to integrate and highlight Mike into a major theme such as cultural awareness week, health day, Red Ribbon Week, etc. Depending on your theme, federal grant money might be available. Check with your school district or federal government office to find out who is dispensing these funds in your state and request an application form.

  4. Apply for other grant monies from your state by contacting your State Department of Human Services and/or State Department of Education. Contact other local agencies in your county that already have grant monies from state agencies. For example, the Criminal Justice Department or Department of Public Safety might have distributed funds into programs for mentoring youth.

  5. Contact your school’s PTO/PTA. Share your plans with them. They are more likely to contribute funds if your plan is well thought out.

  6. Have student leaders contact local organizations (i.e. Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Lions Club, Elks, Chamber of Commerce). Present your plan and request their sponsorship. Allow them to have marketing materials present at your event in exchange for their sponsorship.

  7. Create a win-win situation. Contact several of your larger local businesses, especially those related to services for teens and their families. Ask for their owner, CEO, head of marketing, or community services department. If they are willing to help sponsor Mike, you can exchange the favor by announcing their support to your students and parents.

  8. Invite multiple clubs on campus to participate and help in a fundraising project. A cooperative effort helps students collaborate and learn about the time and effort it takes to acquire funding in the real world.