Note: Although GenJ is geared for homeschoolers, private and public schooled students are also welcome to participate. If you are in either group, just simply alter the suggestions below to fit your need.
1. Write an introductory email stating that you want to start a club and are looking for interested students. Include your contact info in the email so GenJ members know how to reach you. Send the introductory email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then forward your email to all GenJ members living within an hour radius of where you live.
2. Send an email to your homeschool group about GenJ and the club you want to form. There will be many homeschoolers in your support group who will not be members of GenJ, so you will need to encourage them to join. Also email your private and public school friends as GenJ is open for everyone to join.
3. Write an open letter to your local or state homeschool group to be published in their weekly or monthly newsletter. Again, you will need to outline the mission of Generation Joshua because most of your audience will not be members. Then write about your desire to start a club and your need for interested students.
4. Speak at any homeschool/church events or meetings about GenJ and the club you are starting. Get permission well in advance from the person in charge. It is also helpful if you talk to the president of your local homeschool group and have him endorse your efforts.
5. After the club is going and you have five members, have an "open door" meeting and invite students who are not GenJ members from the area to come to your meeting and see what it is like. This is a good way to draw GenJ members into the club and encourage other students to become members of GenJ.
What about events and meetings-can I recruit there?
Absolutely, but get permission ahead of time from the individual in charge of the event/meeting. Ask for a few minutes to speak about Generation Joshua and the club you are starting. Don’t forget to bring along membership forms and flyers.
I have five members. How else can I grow the club?
After you have five (5) members and have established your club hold an “open door” meeting and invite others in your community, or friends of your friends and friends of other club members. This is a great way to draw new members into the club and encourage teens your age to become involved in GenJ.