2016 Everything Teen Expo

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2016 Teen Expo
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Numerous Resources… One Location!

What is the “Best Southwest Everything Teen Expo 2016”?
ETE is a Best Southwest collaborative Teen Expo in partnership with the DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Duncanville and Lancaster Public Libraries, driven, planned, and organized largely by teenagers.


Where will it be held?
DeSoto Town Center
211 E. Pleasant Run Road Suite C.
DeSoto, Texas 75115


When will it be held?
Saturday, April 02, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


How much does it cost to attend?
There is no charge to attend the event. There is a charge for vendors.


What is the vision of ETE?
To enrich the lives of teens by connecting them with community, resources, services, and support.


What is the overall goal of ETE?
Our goal is for teenagers to build and sustain meaningful and positive relationships with their community by connecting them with businesses, non-profits, colleges, government institutions, and other organizations both local and nationwide through fun and engaging interactions. This Expo will allow teens to connect with professionals while learning about valuable resources and services that can help them pursue their passion, find their purpose, succeed and overcome obstacles in their lives.


Why is there a need for ETE?
  • There is a real disconnect between teens and the community.
  • ETE can help organizations have a stronger connection with teenagers.
  • ETE can help organizations that may be underutilizing their resources for teens.
  • ETE can help organizations promote resources and services that would help teenagers.
  • ETE can help organizations tap into the hard to reach teen demographic.
  • ETE can help organizations show that they care about teenagers and the community.
  • ETE can help organizations recruit teens as volunteers, interns or for employment.


What makes this expo different from other teen events?
This will be the first time that the Best Southwest area will work cooperatively to bring resources and services chosen by and catered especially for teenagers to one place to make them easily accessible. Library staff will team up with teens from area high schools and/or organizations to work together to recruit local and national organizations, teen volunteers, school administrators, community leaders, local government and community members to participate in the event.


What’s in it for teens?
  • Access to numerous resources and information on topics that interest them.
  • Meaningful, lasting connections with great organizations and professionals.
  • Inspiration from motivational speakers, entrepreneurs, and people doing what they hope to do in the future.
  • Interactive games and activities.
  • Community Service Hours.
  • Food, fun, and live entertainment.


Is this a teen only event?
No. This event is not only for teens but for anyone who works with teenagers, parents, guardians, school administrators, and community leaders. We also encourage family, friends, and even the young at heart to attend. We want the community to show up in a big way to show their support.


What will vendors and organizations do at the event?
Vendors will be at their table engaging with teens, walking around engaging with teens, and participating in great games and activities with teens! Basically you will be having fun spreading your information while connecting with teenagers.


Can organizations participate if they don’t cater to teens?
Absolutely. This event is not only about connecting teens to great resources and services but also about connecting them with the great people working at your organization. Whether you cater to teens or not, you’re invited to come help us create new connections. We encourage organizations of all shapes and sizes to reserve a vendor table and tell their stories. Whether you’re an electrician, mortgage broker, real estate agent, musician, lawyer, doctor, restaurant owner, or WHATEVER, this event is about connecting teens with people from all walks of life. They will want to learn more about what you do.


What can you do to help?
  • ETE needs motivational speakers and presenters.
    Presentations should be no more than 15 minutes, be interactive, and engaging.
  • ETE needs sponsors.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Become a sponsor at ETE. This is a large undertaking and sponsors play a critical role in making it successful. The Desoto Public Library has 175,000 customer visits per year. The combined total customer visits between all participating libraries is 532,000. Your sponsorship will be viewed by a considerable number of people in the community. We have provided several levels of sponsorships for you to choose from (choose one or a few):

Official Title Sponsor $5,000 (2 featured sponsors)

Help us reach our goal of giving out $20K in scholarships to teens who actively participate in planning ETE for college and career training. Become one of 2 Official Title Sponsors who will have their company’s logo prominently displayed on promotional bags given to each attendee at the Expo. Attendees become walking billboards for their company throughout the program. Inserting their marketing collateral into the promotional bags is an opportunity to ensure the maximum number of attendees receives their information on their business.
  • Company name of Official Title Sponsor of the Everything Teen Expo to be read and announced as follows, “Best Southwest Everything Teen Expo 2016 presented by ABC & XYZ Companies”.
  • Company name and logo prominently on front of promotional bag and included on all marketing advertisements.
  • Company flyers or handbills distributed in promotional bags at Information Booth.
  • Exclusive press release sent announcing company’s sponsorship of ETE.
  • Company name and logo on press releases, radio announcements, television and print advertisement.
  • Company name and logo featured in Library email blast newsletter reaching 19,000 customers.
  • Company name and logo printed on Official Expo Guide.
  • Company promoted as a sponsor on the Desoto, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and Lancaster Public Libraries’ websites.
  • Hyper-Link exchange between sponsor & ETE website featured on all participating library websites.
  • Exhibitor space (near entrance location).
  • Right to use event name in all marketing campaigns

Official Area Sponsor $2,500 (6 highlighted sponsors)

Help us reach our goal of giving out $20K in scholarships to teens who actively participate in planning ETE for college and career training. Become one of 6 Official Area Sponsors
  • Section of the expo named after your company.
  • Company logo prominently displayed in the section of the expo.
  • Company name and logo included on promotional bag and included on all marketing advertisements.
  • Company name and logo on press releases.
  • Hyper-Link exchange between sponsor & ETE website featured on all participating library websites.
  • Company name and logo printed on Official Expo Guide.
  • Company name and logo featured in Library email blast newsletter reaching 19,000 customers.
  • Company promoted as a sponsor on the Desoto, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Lancaster Public Libraries’ websites.
  • Exhibitor Space.
  • Right to use event name in all marketing campaigns.

Marketing Sponsor $100 - 500 (promotional sponsors)

Market your organization by co-branding with us on our giveaways.
  • $500 sponsorship
    • Company name and logo included on banner and all marketing advertisements.
    • Company name and logo featured in Library email blast newsletter reaching 19,000 customers.
    • Company promoted as Marketing Sponsor on the Desoto, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and Lancaster Public Libraries’ websites.

  • $100 - $400 sponsorship
    • Company name included on all marketing advertisements.
    • Company name and logo featured in Library email blast newsletter reaching 19,000 customers.
    • Company promoted as Marketing Sponsor on the Desoto, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and Lancaster Public Libraries’ websites.

Giveaway Sponsor $20 - $25 gift card, etc.

To encourage engagement and interaction, we plan to give out a number of small awards for participating in various planned activities and games. Donate any items that you believe would be great for this.

  • Company name and logo featured in Library email blast newsletter reaching 19,000 customers.
  • Company promoted as a sponsor on the Desoto, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and Lancaster Public Libraries’ websites as a giveaway sponsor.

Connecting Sponsor

Help us create ongoing meaningful connections with teenagers by offering internships, employment, and other great opportunities our attendees can take part in after ETE.

  • Company promoted as a sponsor on the Desoto, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and Lancaster Public Libraries’ websites as a Connecting Sponsor

How much is a vendor table at ETE?
Businesses can reserve a vendor table and two chairs at the event for $100. Vendor tables are free for non-profits with 501c3 (must provide 501c3 determination letter or valid proof).


For more information contact:
Ms. Marq Runnels
DeSoto Public Library
972.230.9663
mrunnels@desototexas.gov