It’s The Journey is proud to say that our walkers include a wide range of people from all walks and stages of life. In 2015, we had over 70 student walkers, and we love having so many young people involved! Sometimes they walk to support their mother, aunt, or other family member. Sometimes they walk to support a life-long family friend. Regardless of the reason, when young people participate in the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, they commit themselves to a greater awareness of how prevalent breast cancer is in their communities, take up the responsibility of being proactive about and aware of their own health, and help spread the message of awareness, prevention, and the need for a cure amongst their own generation.
Students (ages 14-22) fundraise between $250 (Sunday only student walkers) to $500 (2-Day student walkers). But how do a bunch of teenagers raise that kind of money? Veteran 2-Day Walkers Kristin Kepner and Kim Shoemaker have helped their teens successfully fundraise over the past several years, and shared the following advice:
• Get your teens to participate in your (adult) team’s fundraisers. “We have the teens involved in our Cook Off,” says Kim Shoemaker. “We ask everyone invited to bring a favorite dish they enjoy making and have the kids collect and help compile the recipes for each of those dishes in advance, making a great neighborhood/friends cookbook. On the day of the event, everyone brings a dish and a donation. They enjoy a great meal, receive a copy of the cookbook, and we also sell raffle tickets and give away prizes. The recipe book is such a hit because everyone gets to taste the recipes there on the spot, ask any questions about preparation or tips/tricks, and make notes right there on their copy of the recipe.”
• “Another fundraiser that is a real money maker for us is selling Krispy Kreme donuts,” say Kim. “Teens take them to their sports practices/games to sell to parents, etc. before the game. We buy boxes for around $3.50 and sell them for $7.00. They’re a HUGE hit, every time!”
• “In our area, another really successful fundraiser our teens help with is selling barbeque. We partner with Zeigler’s Barbecue, who are extremely generous in what they do for us. They sell us their fully cooked pork butts for $20 and we sell them for $40. It’s a big hit, as the orders come in right in time for graduation parties.”
• Easy teen parties are another successful fundraiser that both Kim and Kristin have used. “Pool parties are especially
successful if you have access to a private, backyard pool,” says Kristin, “so there aren’t any HOA or rental fees to cut into your profits. Last year, our teens charged around $10/kid. This year, they’re arranging a kickball party. We’ll most likely host it in our cul-de-sac (free location with bathroom access- aka our house), and have water and snacks/junk food.”
• Kristin’s teen guys have had lots of luck with Football Square pools (same concept as Super Bowl Squares). There is a column for each quarter, and the numbered rows represent the last number of each team’s score at the end of each quarter. Participants pay $20/square, and the winner receives 50% of the pot. The other 50% is for the teen’s fundraising. “The student hosting the game had all his money raised in about 30 minutes, and his only expense was the single sheet of paper the squares were printed on. I wish I had thought of this one!” says Kristin.
• Kristen’s daughter Hannah hosts “mini-walks.” “We decorate up and down our street, and all the neighbors come out. She invites 30ish friends over, they show up tricked out in pink. They walk up and down the block, supposedly 30 times. She normally charges $20 to walk, and some people bring less, some bring more. We’ve got water stations set up, tiki torches lit, candy, 2-Day tattoos, etc. We’ll give out prizes for most pink, most spirit, brought a friend, etc. Then everyone spends the night. Parents, friends, and neighbors donate junk food. Sometimes someone buys them pizza. I have the adults from our team chaperone up and down the block. We let the neighbors know in advance for 2 reasons- 1) maybe they’ll donate some moolah, and 2) so we don’t irritate anyone Parents are very excited to have their kids participate in something positive. She normally sends an Evite out, or creates a FB invitation.”
• Teens can also host neighborhood Day Camps or Mother’s Morning Out days. For a donation, the teens watch the children for a morning (could be once a week throughout the summer, every day for a week, once a month, etc.) and provide games, crafts, etc.
We hope the teens in your life will join us at the 2016 Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer! For questions about student registration, email Katie Whitson at email@example.com. For questions about these or any other fundraising events, email Whitney at firstname.lastname@example.org.