The Barracks program is an encompassing program that encourages graduating classes to pass down their leadership roles and the responsibilities of the “Pull Forward” Challenge.
The program is based on a successive building block approach to developing an awareness of giving back and alumni support. The program includes several key highlights:
- The Breakout mug to the rat class at Breakout;
- An orientation to the third class and presentation of the Ring Figure/Ring support donation; and
- The class campaign starting with the second classmen and culminating with the selection of the class agent and ending with a successful first class campaign.
4th Class Program
The goal of the 4th Class program is to introduce the class to the Foundation. This is accomplished by the presentation of a mug at Breakout. Following the selection of class officers in the spring, they will be invited to a special dinner to meet the Foundation CEO, who gives a brief introduction to the Barracks Program.
3rd Class Program
The goal of the 3rd Class program is to introduce the class to the concept of the philanthropic role of alumni – a focus on giving. Through meetings with the class, the Foundation staff works with the assistance of alumni speakers, building an awareness of what the alumni do for the cadets and for VMI. This is emphasized by the presentation of a financial contribution from alumni to the class at a special dinner hosted by the Foundation .The alumni also include in this check the “seed” money needed to kick of the class’ effort to start on their Ring Figure planning.
2nd Class Program
The goal of the 2nd Class program is to emphasize the philanthropic role of alumni – a focus on giving. This is accomplished by encouraging the class to form a committee to prepare to work on the fundamental organization for a 1st Class Campaign. The Foundation staff will also introduce the class leadership to the requirement of identifying a Class Agent who will bind the class following graduation.
1st Class Program
The goal of the 1st Class program is to continue the emphasis on appreciating their philanthropic role as alumni – a focus on giving. This is accomplished by encouraging the class to work together to select a Class Agent who will work to bind the class following graduation. Participation is key – encourage a class member to make a three year commitment to VMI, regardless of the size of the gift. The program for the 1st Class is culminated at the Graduation Parade when the Class President challenges the rising First Class President to pull forward of the graduating class in the coming year.