MERA Grant Workshop Recording

Click the green button to download a copy of the MERA Grant Application. Everyone must complete (type) all  pages of the grant application.  You must mail your grant application in to the address of MERA in the grant application.  

Click the button to download the order form to order either your Customer Service licenses or your Retail licenses from your MERA grant.  Fill this out after you have given your students the Screening test and they have scored 80% or higher.  MERA will then automatically transfer your license to your grant account for Penn Foster (not your school district account).  You must re-submit the same form after the students take the credential exam and mark pass or fail for each.  Email this form in Excel format (not .pdf) again to Paul Grethel.  Students must be 14 years old when testing.

When you enroll a student but the student has not set up their username and password to take their exam and will not take it, you can request that the license be returned to your Penn Foster account.  To do so, click the link (button) to the left and fill out the form.  If the student has set up their username/password, then the license is considered used.

Click the button to download the Confidentiality Agreement if you need one between your school and MERA.

Click the button to download the Final Grant Report Directions and forms.  Your final grant report is due by mid-March.  Check the grant application for exact date.

Click the button to download a copy of the MERA Evaluation form.  This form must be filled out by any student who used a MERA grant vouchers.  The teacher must also fill one out.  Mail these to the MERA office by mid-March.

Click the Simplified Business Plan button to the left to download an easy 1-page outline for what goes into the MERA SBE Grant Business Plan.

Click the Coping Skills PowerPoint button to the left to download a PowerPoint that goes with Coping Skills.

Use this map to determine what State Region your parish is in.  Use this on all

MERA Grant materials.

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Using the Conference Grant for the Sports Marketing Conference (classroom requirements)

Description of Sports Marketing Conference Projects-In order to use the MERA Conference Grant for the DECA/Pelicans Sports Conference, you must have your students complete one of the following projects and turn in a copy of your best with your final MERA report in the Spring.


Students will conduct an activity to study sports marketing & entertainment marketing. These are listed below:

Project #1—Sports & Entertainment Marketing Minute Competition

Here’s an activity that can probably be turned into a DECA CDC competitive written event and will be held at the Pelicans Sports Conference. In teams of 1-3 people, develop an in-game sporting entertainment event for an NBA game. Imagine that the event will be conducted during a Pelicans games sometime during this season. You might want to tie it to a particular holiday during the year or a particular game, but this is not mandatory. The event should last only 1 ½ minutes and will be run during either pre-game, a time-out break, a quarter break, a commercial break, or at half-time break. It will be conducted either on the basketball court or in the seating area. Think of a competition or an activity that uses a person, a group, the audience, some outside entertainment person/group and they would be involved on the Arena floor or in the seating area. Using PowerPoint, explain the activity, how long it will last (only 1 ½ minutes will be allowed…keep it quick-paced), who is the sponsor, who will be involved, when will it be presented during the game or pre-game. In addition to these questions, answer the questions in the guidelines below, and develop a budget for the activity. Discuss these in your presentation. Each member of the team must record part of the presentation and insert their voices with the slides. PowerPoint presentation should be no more than 10 minutes and all team members MUST verbally participate.

Evaluation: Each teacher/advisor can submit their best "Marketing Minute" PowerPoint to the state advisor.  The entries will be evaluated by a team of business people who will come up with the best 1-5 teams.  These 5 teams will then be invited to demonstrate their "Marketing Minute" at the Sports Conference.  All team members (1-3 people) must take part in the presentation; however, they can use additional students as participants.  A team of N.O. Pelicans marketing personnel will choose a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner.  Prizes will be awarded.

Click Here to Download Step-by-Step Guidelines & Awards for the Marketing Minute.

Marketing Minute PowerPoint

4 Sample Videos of Pelican-Type Marketing Minutes:   1   4  5


Project #2:

Students will research a sports marketing related career and put together a poster, PowerPoint or short paper about the career which they present in class. Some Sports Marketing Careers: Sports Agent, Sports Event Coordinator, Sports Marketing Agent, Advertising for Sports Team, Public Relations Agent for Sports Team, Special Events Planner, Special Events Broker, Ticket Sales Manager, Sports Announcer, Sales Planner, General Manager, Sports Graphic Designer, Ticket Operations Coordinator, Group Sales Account Executive, Media Relations Director, Entertainment Coordinator, Sports Team WebMaster, Game Operations Director, Purchasing Agent

Project #3:

A team of 1-3 students (you can have multiple teams doing the same project) will conduct the research of the N.O. Pelican’s website, products, and services and develop a strategic plan based on the results of the research conducted. The strategic plan will provide new and exciting ways to restructure, change and update that the Pelican’s website to create a wider audience and/or generate more customers. In your report, you will describe the Pelican’s organization, discuss the Pelican’s current website structure, capabilities, offerings, etc., and research methods used in a SWOT Analysis to come up with the strengths and weaknesses of the Pelican’s website along with opportunities for the website and threats to the website. Then describe how to revise and improve the website. Create a timeline to implement the strategic plan, develop a cost analysis of revising the website, hosting fees, and technical support, and identify revenue streams for the website.