Engaging the Future: Connecting Alumni with your School Community

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Alumni engagement requires a lot of work, organization, and planning from your team, but connecting with alumni from primary or secondary schools requires teams to use more tools. These formative years of a person’s life should be celebrated with others. So how do you connect with your past alumni and enrich the schooling experience for current students? Here are a few tips for your school or organization. 

Do you want to connect alumni from your primary or secondary school? Wavelength has a few solutions for you!

Connect With Alumni

Connecting with alumni should be an easy task. You send a message through the mail or email, and they respond to your event. Don’t give up! There are ways to reach out to these former students. Once you do, you can connect them with current students to provide real-world advice, build relationships, and lead to future opportunities

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Encourage Engagement

Alumni move away, start careers, and often forget about their humble educational beginnings, making it challenging to get those former students to reconnect with the school. You want them to have a continued positive relationship with the institution. There might be a select few who want to pass on their experiences to other students. 

How do you make your former students feel welcomed at the school? Think about using the school as an excellent opportunity to build your brand. Instead of being relegated as a single picture in a yearbook, your former students can help produce something tangible for future generations to come. Focus on the enjoyable time they had, the engaging teachers, and other positives from their time at the school. They are not just joining a alumni association but being a productive component that will lead the school into the future.

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Putting the Pieces Together

You can find alumni to share their experiences at the school. By having alumni share their real world experiences in classrooms, students begin to understand the applications of what they are learning. You can boost the engagement of the former students and give your current pupils a chance to succeed. There is no downside to developing this type of program for your school, but its success will depend on finding willing alumni to devote time to share their stories.

Once you have an interested alumni member willing to connect with students, now what? With busy schedules, careers, and school workloads, it can be hard to get everyone together at the same time. Thankfully, with the help of a few online tools, you can connect to anyone throughout the world. 

If your alumni member is busy at work, they can take some downtime and answer some questions from the comfort of an office. Students don’t have to worry about meeting strangers in person when they flip on the computer and reach out to alumni members. These methods make it a safe and effective way to connect with anyone

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Back To Basics

You can still reach out to them and convince them to take an active role in current students’ lives. Create your own campaign to let alumni know about your plans and activities. Just like any other event, make sure to create online social media pages and use other forms of communication to spread the word about your alumni events. 

Remember, some individuals might not know about alumni-related events unless someone reaches out to them. Make sure to focus your attention on those members who are willing to help out. Once they are informed, you might be surprised, but these individuals will be ready, willing, and able to support the school in any way they can

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Connecting your students with alumni is one way to boost engagement with the school. When you accomplish that, you can make sure that everyone takes an active role in the successful operation of the school.

Is there an easy way to help engage with your alumni? Wavelength might just have the answers for you!