In February 2018, Eleyo published the magazine After School Elevated. Below is exert from the article "Why You Need A Mission Statement" with steps to create a mission statement and identify your program's core values. To read the whole article, click here.
A mission statement and a set of core values create a strong foundation where your program can thrive. When they are created thoughtfully and intentionally, your mission and values can serve as a template when you make decisions. Use them as a litmus test for everything:
“Does this applicant exude our values?”
“Do the proposed program changes support our mission?”
“Will this decision bring us closer to our vision?”
A strong mission statement will help you stay focused, grow your program, and lead your staff. When it’s well-written and succinct, a mission statement also helps you communicate the value of your program to parents and stakeholders.
How to Write Your Mission Statement
When you are writing your mission statement, put together a committee of parents, staff and stakeholders. Your mission statement should answer three questions: what, how, and why.