STEP ONE: Contact Us
Your first step is to contact our corporate office to set up an Informational Meeting. We can be reached by email at DOLLS@DOLLSHeadquarters.com or you can communicate your interest to us by submitting the form provided at the bottom of the “Start a DOLLS” page on our website. During this Informational Meeting we will walk you through everything DOLLS related that you will need to know about starting this ministry on your campus. The meeting will consist of yourself, one of our DOLLS Headquarters representatives, and a student DOLLS Ambassador (a girl close to your age who has been in DOLLS and is excited to share her experience). We will set up a time to meet with you up at a local coffee shop to answer questions about the club and to discuss the idea of having you serve as the Start-Up Captain for your campus. You’ll leave with a packet of information that will help guide you as you go through the next step of the start-up process.
STEP TWO: Pray About It
Your next step is to go to God in prayer to be absolutely certain that it is His desire for you to start a chapter of D.O.L.L.S. on your campus. A successful start up can never be achieved without the blessing of God’s hand over it. You must be certain that this is God’s will for your life. Psalms 20:4 says, “May He give you the desire of your heart and make your plans succeed.” Making the decision to serve as the Start-Up Captain for your school is a big deal and needs to be a decision made prayerfully. If you receive confirmation that this is God’s Will for your life, and the D.O.L.L.S. Headquarters reps also feel confident that you are God’s girl for the job, you will be asked to complete the “Start-Up Captain Acceptance Packet”. This will be your way of committing to D.O.L.L.S. that you are officially invested in being the primary player in God’s plan to launch a D.O.L.L.S. chapter on your campus.
STEP THREE: Find an Officer Team
Thirdly, we will help you establish an officer team, known as the 5 Main. Your officer team will consist of five girls from your campus who will fill the following roles; President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and two Chaplains. For start up chapters, the grade level of these officers is un-important. As the chapter matures over the years the officer positions will later be held by only upperclassmen, but until then, start-up chapters can be led by girls of any grade level (See the Officer Responsibilities sheet for a complete listing of the duties held by each position). The Start-Up Captain will be guaranteed an officer position, but all other interested parties will need to go through the application process.
Auditions for the roles of the remaining 4 positions will be opened to any girl from your campus. A deadline for applications will be set and an official interview date will be scheduled. Now it’s time to advertise! DOLLS Headquarters will create a page for your campus on our website advertising the search for girls willing to serve. This page will feature a form where interested candidates can request that the official “5 Main Application” be sent to their email. If you have friends or acquaintances in mind that might make great officers, point them to the site and suggest that they apply. You will also be given postcards to pass out to during school, advertising the position. D.O.L.L.S. Headquarters will also start blasting notices of the available positions through our Facebook page, and you are encouraged to do the same. Consider speaking to youth pastors, counselors, and family friends for recommendations of girls that they may know who would be perfect for the job.
Girls who are interested in applying will need to contact D.O.L.L.S. Headquarters to claim an interview time for the scheduled date of interviews. The Start-Up Captain, along with several D.O.L.L.S. Headquarters reps will host these interviews at an area coffee shop. The interviews will last approximately 30 minutes long each. Applicants should come prepared with their completed applications. If a candidate is unable to attend interviews on their scheduled date, she is welcome to contact D.O.L.L.S. Headquarters to see if an interview can be scheduled for a different date.
D.O.L.L.S. Headquarters will make the final determination as to who is selected to serve as a 5 Main. The opinions of the Start-Up Captain will be considered, but she will not have the ultimate authority on the ruling. D.O.L.L.S. Headquarters will contact each of the candidates to announce the decisions.
Once announcements have been made, you and your designated 5 Main team will be called to meet with a D.O.L.L.S. Headquarters representative for your first official 5 Main Meeting. During this meeting you and your fellow 5 Main will be given all the information you need to “let-a-rip” on your campus. You will also receive a Sponsor Binder which will be useful to you when you are seeking out the help of an adult on your campus to sponsor your chapter.
STEP FOUR: Find a Teacher to Sponsor
Your forth task is to start talking to teachers on your campus about serving as a sponsor for your chapter. Some school districts may require at least two sponsors sign up to help, so ask your principal about your campus’ policy. You may also consider eliciting the help of your campus principal or counselors to find a sponsor. They will know of teachers on campus who may be available to help. They may even be willing to contact the entire staff through a mass email to ask for volunteers. If you find a teacher who is interested in helping, give her the Sponsor Binder and the contact information of your D.O.L.L.S. Headquarters rep so she can begin communicating directly with us about launching your chapter. If your potential sponsor wants more information before committing, your D.O.L.L.S. Headquarters rep would be happy to set up a meeting with her to answer any questions or concerns.
STEP FIVE: Get Principal Approval
Fifth in line is to get your administration’s approval to have D.O.L.L.S. added as a non-curricular club on your school’s campus. Before you approach your principal, contact your D.O.L.L.S. Headquarters rep. She will provide you with an official proposition letter to present to your campus principal that you can use to help persuade him/her to agree. Do not forget that you have legal rights on your campus to start a club like D.O.L.L.S. according to the Equal Access Act. Consider emailing your principal to set up a meeting to come share your heart for this club and your campus. Your principal might be impressed with your team’s professionalism and thus more likely to agree to allow D.O.L.L.S. onto your campus. Your campus may require you to fill out an application for your club. They may ask for such documents as our club’s Constitutions, ByLaws, or Articles of Incorporation. Rest assured that your D.O.L.L.S. Headquarters rep will have access to all of these forms, so don’t hesitate to ask for them.
STEP SIX: Make it Official
Congratulations! You are on now an established chapter of D.O.L.L.S.! After each of your officers submits their signed copies of the “5 Main Officer Constitution” and your chapter submits the “Constitution of D.O.L.L.S.” to D.O.L.L.S. Headquarters, your group will receive a certificate declaring your Charter with D.O.L.L.S. and giving you all the legal rights and privileges included therein. Your page on the official D.O.L.L.S. website will be modified to show that you are officially an Active, Chartered chapter. You are now free to operate under the name and covering of D.O.L.L.S. and may start hosting weekly meetings, events, and community service outreaches as a club! Ladies, Go serve your King!