Class representatives foster communication between classmates and the school, share school and personal news items, establish a rewarding network of friends and colleagues, build alumni participation at school events, and enhance a sense of community through friend-raising and fund-raising efforts.
Organizing a class reunion is as easy as emailing a few friends from your class and asking them to reach out to a few more classmates. Friends Select holds multi-year reunions in Washington, D.C., New York, and Boston, where there are significant concentrations of alumni. We certainly would consider other locations, based on alumni feedback. Are you willing to organize a class reunion or a multi-class reunion? Or perhaps you would like to put together an event-filled homecoming weekend that would draw your friends back to Center City. What would entice you to attend a reunion? How can we help you reconnect with your Friends Select friends?
Mentoring relationships benefit both parties immensely. The mentor has the privilege of sharing their expertise and experience; the “mentee” benefits from wise counsel. Do you have insights to offer or support to give about college choices, career paths, or other topics? The first step in offering mentoring programs to Friends Select students and young alumni is to have a solid “bank” of mentors.
What do you do? What is your specialty? What expertise might you share with the students? The extended alumni community is a largely untapped educational resource for current students and other alumni. Volunteer to be a speaker. Or, help set up a database of available speakers.
Steven Weiner ’58 and Kristen Cox Santiago ’98 are co-chairs of the Alumni Annual Giving committee, which is working to increase the percentage of alumni who give back to the school. Join the effort by giving a personally-meaningful contribution. Help by making fundraising phone calls, supporting our Day of Giving campaign, identifying potential contributors, or collaborating with Friends Select staff to solicit potential donors. No one can make a stronger case for supporting Friends Select than an alum!