PTA


My Discovery Destination! Believes in Supporting Youth and Education



We’re all about


 

Strengthening Families

 

Building Character, and

 

Improving Lives . . .

 


Supporting our schools and education is a GREAT place to start!!


 

My Discovery Destination! Helps PTA Leaders Succeed

 



 

There are 4 main areas where we can have a positive impact for local PTAs:

 

Direct funding to the PTAs

 

Help increase membership numbers

 

Help increase participation in Reflections

 

Educate the community about the mission, goals, and advocacy efforts of PTA

 



 

Directing Funding to PTAs


 
The Challenge: It seems that PTAs are constantly having to fundraise to support the various PTA programs and there still isn’t enough money to support some important programs like parent education, financial education for students and parents, internet safety, etc.
 
The Solution: My Discovery Destination! can direct funding to the PTAs with virtually no extra effort on the part of PTA leaders. Every school has a number of parents who either own or work for companies and organizations that also believe in strengthening families and building character, AND are also looking for ways to become better known in the local community. These parents have an opportunity to become Adventure Sponsors, supporting their school while also receiving an opportunity to participate in relationship marketing at its best. For every Adventure Sponsor that comes from the school:

  • 100% of the profits will go to local PTA groups
  • Local PTA groups can help ensure that more of that funding goes to their school

 



 

Helping Increase PTA Membership Numbers


 

The Challenge: During the 2012-2013 school year the Utah PTA membership numbers dropped from 103,584 during the previous year to 26,376, a 75% drop. While the numbers did recover during the 2014-2015 school year, they are again in decline. Membership during 2016-2017 was down again- 25% from the 2016-2017 school year. This poses a significant threat to the power of Utah PTA to advocate for our children during the legislative session and throughout the year. As PTA numbers drop, so does the ability for PTA to create impact for our youth.

 

The Solution: My Discovery Destination! can help increase membership numbers through education and by adding value to the PTA membership:

  • Through the community facebook pages, where virtually every family is linked in, we have the opportunity to promote PTA and educate families about the importance of PTA and why their membership in PTA makes a difference for their kids.
  • My Discovery Destination! will be holding community events in virtually every community. These events encourage membership by providing free entrance to the PTA Play Zone for all PTA members. Non-PTA members pay $3-5 per child. This means that it is in the families best interest to join PTA. These events also provide an opportunity for education about PTA to take place.

 



 

Increasing Participation in the PTA Reflections Program

 

 

The Challenge: Participation in the PTA Reflections program is at an all-time low. This valuable program that provides students with an opportunity to be creative and develop their talents in many areas (writing, drawing, painting, dance, music, etc.) is being utilized by less than 1% of students in some of our schools. There could be many factors that play into this, but it is believed that the biggest factors are lack of education about the program and the program being ‘forgotten’ in the chaos of every day life.

 

The Solution: My Discovery Destination! can help in both of these areas by:

  • Again- Education!! Through the facebook group we can help families learn that the Reflections program is more than just an ‘Art’ and ‘Drawing’ program– there is a dance category, writing categories, composing music, 2D art and 3D art categories. It’s much more than most parents realize.
  • Include a Reflections Adventure in the regular line-up of adventures. Many students will choose a category and complete a project for the simple satisfaction of completing the adventure and receiving the reward.
  • Reminders! We can keep the program in front of parents on a regular basis so that it doesn’t sneak up on them unexpectedly.

 



 

Educating the Community About the Goals and Mission of PTA


 
The Challenge: Many parents don’t understand the value and importance that their PTA membership creates for their children. When they think PTA they think ‘volunteering at school’ or ‘fundraising’ They don’t understand that their individual membership counts. They also don’t realize that many of the programs available to their children are available because of the PTA and that without an active PTA many of the programs that impact their child’s education for good would go away.
 
The Solution: My Discovery Destination! can help by providing bite-size bits of information on a regular basis to help parents learn about and understand the mission and goals of PTA.
 



 

What can YOU do to get the most benefit for your school?

  • Join the MyDiscoveryDestination! facebook group for your area (search My Discovery Destination! with your city name. If we aren’t in your city yet email us at MyDiscoveryDestination@gmail.com to let us know you’d like to have a program available.)
  • Invite other parents and teachers at your school, your friends and neighbors, and your family to join the group
  • Tell potential Adventure Sponsors you may know about My Discovery Destination! and send them HERE to get more details and HERE to register.
  • Participate in the Adventures with your child.
  • Stay CONNECTED and ACTIVE in the facebook group to get the most out of the group and the program.

 



 

If you are interested in helping us bring the program to your area please contact us at MyDiscoveryDestination@gmail.com.