Contact people who are most likely to share your concerns or who know others who do. For example: school counselors, parents of your children’s friends, relatives, etc. Families may look happy from the smiles they wear in public, but they are often hurting, feeling helpless, and experiencing crisis situations in the home. Sometimes they don’t know who or where to turn to, and a Because I Love You support group could be vital component that makes a difference in their lives.
Plan an orientation night (or weekend) for one or more of our directors to speak. We do not charge any speaker’s fee; however, transportation and room and board (if outside the Los Angeles area) must be provided. We recommend a weekend training session for all parents who are willing to make a commitment to the program.
In the event you do not have the financial resource to allow one of our directors to conduct an orientation, we feel our program manuals, if followed as outlined, will allow you to successfully start and operate a B.I.L.Y. affiliate group. Remember, if you have questions, we are as near as your phone.
Contact schools, community centers, local organizations such as Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion halls, and temples/churches to see if they would be willing to donate a year-round meeting location for your group.
To draw attention and attendance to your orientation, enlist the aid of local newspapers, magazine, television, and radio stations. Most will publicize the event free of charge as a public service if they are notified far enough in advance. You can distribute flyers for the event at schools, libraries, and local business establishments – any place that has a bulletin board for local events.
If you wish to start an affiliate group, upon receipt of your check in the amount of $150.00 (U.S. FUNDS ONLY), we will start the processing of our formal agreement and starter packet. The starter packet contains the following.
- The Agreement Form
- One B.I.L.Y. Program Book
- One Coordinator Book
- One Orientation Book
- One Small Group Leader Book
- One Orientation Packet
- Six Success Buttons
- Samples of forms used weekly and samples of local resources
You will need to compile your resources for your area, i.e. drug programs, runaway shelters, low cost or free counseling centers, etc.
If you are unable to start an affiliate group at this time but would like to receive our B.I.L.Y Program Book (guide to parenting), the cost of the book is $7.00 in English and $7.00 in Spanish, which includes shipping and handling. It may be purchased in the B.I.L.Y. Store, or you may send a check or money order, made payable to B.I.L.Y., to:
Because I Love You
P.O. Box 2062
Winnetka, CA 91396-2062
We will continue to welcome the transfer of existing support groups to a “Practicing Because I Love You” status. This affords you the opportunity to continue using your group name but allows you to add “Practicing the Because I Love You philosophy.”
I am also available to help with start-up groups; please see the following section for details and contract provisions.
This contract/rider is for Training and Establishing a B.I.L.Y. Parent and Youth Support Group or for any Speaking Engagement, written and dated ______________ and is made between the undersigned client and Dennis Poncher, Founder of Because I Love You, The Parent and Youth Support Groups. In order to establish a new B.I.L.Y. group, a minimum of two (2) full days is required which includes a speaking night as well as training sessions. A third (3) day may be required and should be discussed beforehand.
Fee: $500.00 per day
Per Diem: $50.00 per day, out of state only
Transportation: Out of State or over 150 miles from Winnetka, California
Driving expenses: Within Southern California there will be a $100.00 round trip Gas and Car expense.
Air flight: Tourist or higher class ticket in either a window or row seat, preferably on a direct flight. Client agrees to provide transportation from the point of entry to the city, the housing accommodations and back again at the completion of the engagement. Client also agrees to provide transportation from the housing accommodations to the venue and back if the accommodation is not within walking distance.
Lodging: Client agrees to provide lodging accommodations that are safe, clean and quiet for the period of the engagement. Single room in a minimum 4 Star Hotel with Restaurant in or attached to hotel.
Indemnification: Client agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Dennis Poncher, Because I Love You Parent and Youth Support Groups (B.I.L.Y.) and its directors, employees, contractors and agents from any and all claims, costs expenses, damages, liabilities, losses or judgments arising out of, or in connection with any claim, demand or action made by any third party. This paragraph shall survive termination of this agreement. Both parties agree to accept all terms and conditions in this rider as signified below.
You can download the full Contract/Rider here: Dennis’ Contract Provisions for Traveling and Speaking Engagement
Thanks again for inquiring about our program. We look forward to hearing from you.