Many sponsors assume high school students won't sell as well as younger students do. By the time students reach high school, they're no longer as excited about winning prizes. As a result, it's going to take a lot more to motivate them to sell for a variety of reasons. They could be just tired of the fundraising process, distracted with other obligations or just plain lazy and don't care.
This age group can definitely perform poorly when it comes to selling, yet it doesn’t have to be that way. There are several things that can be done to motivate high school students to fundraise.
Give Them a Purpose to Fundraise
Nothing is more important than communicating your purpose. What is it and why is it important to them? How will they benefit from the money that's raised? This is one advantage you have with this group that you don’t have with younger audiences. High school students will understand the benefits that come from achieving your purpose.
Offer High School Prize Programs
When it comes to winning prizes, most high school students no longer want the same prizes that they won when they were younger. You may need to get their attention with more creative prize programs. We offer sportswear or cash to our high school groups. For example, coaches can offer customized sportswear with the school’s colors, name and mascot to their students. This will promote team spirit and unity and is much more desirable because it is associated with their team.
Use Additional Fundraising Incentives
It is also important to use additional incentives that will make selling fun and interesting. What follows are 2 ideas to consider:
What ideas have you found that work well to motivate high school students to fundraise?