Lauren,We started our junior troupe two years ago. Just like your program we have a huge involvement, cast and crew. We have 8th grade leaders who are also officers. Co-Presidents, Co-Vice, Co-Sec, Co-Treasurer, and Co-crew leaders. Students in 7th grade who are interested email the troupe director and explain why they would like to be considered for the position. They are selected by the director. Each co-officer has a specific position. For example, social media, school and community outreach and publicity. We offer many opportunities for students to strive for induction. We have seen that students like something to earn. I too was concerned that students would feel "other". However, students know that even when they earn junior thespian that they are still responsible to participate in meetings, activities and encourage our incoming students to want to also earn junior thespians. They are to act accordingly and we have zero-tolerance for bullying. From our experience, students work harder and are more dedicated to our drama program since adding the troupe. Having conversations with parents and the students and explaining the idea really helped us and more parents encouraged their child to get involved. It was a great decision.