1. Identify the need in your community - Contact your local school system to see if an afterschool program is already available. If afterschool programs are available, identify the areas where no programs are offered.
2. Find a niche - After identifying the need for a program, identify the TYPE of program that will be beneficial for the youth AND families within your community.
3. Contact your local community government - Contact your local city or county government to make sure you are following all laws that support the operation of a youth-serving organization within your community.
4. Build partnerships - Build partnerships with your local school system, businesses, non-profit organizations and other agencies that support youth development programming within your community.
5. Be active - Engage in local and national training, workshop and conference opportunities that assist afterschool and summer programs in building quality programming for youth.