LAPTA offers a Mentor-a-PTA Program where a strong, healthy PTA mentors a smaller, protected, or new PTA unit (Mentee) who needs a helping hand. They might share how to implement PTA values and goals through PTA best practices, guidance, and possible financial contributions. As we are all part of Louisiana, the success of one is the success of all. LAPTA encourages our Mentor PTAs to support the other PTAs that are not as strong or are in need. A Mentee PTA might like to sit in on a Board meeting or review agendas, Welcome Packet, membership forms, school flyers, and more.
How can you reach out to others in your community and state? The focus of this program is to mentor through guidance, planning ideas, monthly check-in, and leadership support. Mentors are upbeat, positive advocates who provide tools and direction to the Mentee PTA. If there is a financial contribution, then it must be approved by the General Membership and included in the annual budget. Give the members ownership in the philanthropic work of the PTA. Other non-financial support does not need approval, but always let the membership know the good work done behind the scenes.