2015 Group of the Year Awards!

While we are proud to serve so many courageous and loving Students for Life groups across the nation, every year we take time to recognize a handful that stand out among the rest.

Meet our 2015 Students for Life of America East Coast Award Winners:

 EAST COAST COLLEGE GROUP OF THE YEAR: LIFELINE AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

During 2015, the Students for Life group at Liberty University, Lifeline, experienced significant growth and showed tremendous strength and boldness.

Liberty University is known well in the nation for its Christian values, but it is the Lifeline group that brings the pro-life message front and center.  In 2015, the student leaders created the first-ever Life Week on campus by tabling, hosting educational displays, inviting Rock for Life and Students for Life on campus, and supporting their local Pregnancy Resource Center in creative ways like tiliberty ue-dying onesies to donate.

This growing student group also partners with the Liberty Law Students for Life and VA-Tech Students for Life to pray outside of the Roanoke Planned Parenthood facility every week.  The drive is about an hour for them, but they sacrifice their time every Saturday in order to promote hope and healing for women going into the facility as well as prayer for the workers there.

In fact, this January, the group received some amazing news: Abby Johnson, founder of And Then There Were None, announced that in the last few months, five workers from that Planned Parenthood have quit and joined her organization on retreats!  You can read more about that story here: http://michele.studentsforlife.org/2016/01/25/the-power-of-prayer-and-the-pro-life-gen/

We are so proud of the work this group is doing to change their campus and bring hope to their community.  Congratulations, Lifeline!

EAST COAST COLLEGE GROUP OF THE YEAR RUNNER UP: JACKS FOR LIFE AT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

We had so many incredible groups apply for the Group of the Year Award, and it was extremely tough to narrow it down to the ultimate winner. We couldn’t decide so, this year, Students for Life has awarded the College Group of the Year Runner Up to Jacks for Life at South Dakota State University.

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This group strived to make a huge impact on their campus in 2015, and they accomplished that. While dealing with the typical “Midwest Indifference” attitude, this group challenged their campus to think about their beliefs regarding life. By hosting Students for Life’s Planned Parenthood Project and monthly educational booths, consistently flyering and chalking campus with pro-life messages and promoting local pregnancy resources, this group is on fire for Life and changing the culture on their campus.

In 2015, they also showed October Baby, held a pro-life political awareness night, had an Option 1 training to encourage members to volunteer for their local pregnancy center, and hosted two SFLA speakers.  In addition, they hosted two country dance fundraises to fund the Option 1 Pregnancy Help Center and their trip to the March for Life.

To show their campus what they are all about, Jacks for Life also created a gift basket for an expecting couple on campus. And they had a reported baby save last spring when they had a sidewalk chalking event. The young couple visited a pregnancy help center as a result of seeing their sidewalk chalk and ultimately chose life for their preborn baby.

EAST COAST HIGH SCHOOL GROUP OF THE YEAR: CHAMINADE JULLIENE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL EAGLES FOR LIFE 

This year’s High School Group of the Year embodies what it means to create a culture of life at their school. This group has over 40 consistent student members and their most successful events often involved the entire school, like the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity where nearly all students participated! They are leaders in their community and amongst their peers, having organized students to attend their local Planned Parenthood Protest this year.

eagles for life

This year’s High School Group of the Year embodies what it means to create a culture of life at their school. This group has over 40 consistent student members and their most successful events often involved the entire school, like the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity where nearly all students participated! They are leaders in their community and amongst their peers, having organized students to attend their local Planned Parenthood Protest this year.

The Eagles for Life are excellent at membership recruitment and retention, well-organized and have all their meetings and events published in the school bulletin. To prevent membership from becoming static, they are growing their club by taking every opportunity to invite new students to get involved with the group.

Understanding the spiritual battle of ending abortion, the Eagles for Life hosts a weekly Rosary for Life and places a focus on developing their members’ faith as they work to end abortion.

In 2015, the group held a Bottle Drive and raised over $850.00 for their local pregnancy resource center. They also brought a bus load of students to the 2nd Annual Pro-Life Student Lobby Day hosted by Students for Life of America and Ohio Right to Life. Not only did they get to meet with their state representatives and observe a pro-life bill hearing, they brought hundreds of letters from other students to deliver to their representatives urging them to vote pro-life!

Congratulations to the 2015 High School Group of the Year, the Chaminade Julliene Catholic High School Eagles for Life!

EAST COAST NEW HIGH SCHOOL GROUP OF THE YEAR: RAMS FOR LIFE AT ROBINSON SECONDARY SCHOOL

The newly established Rams for Life at Robinson Secondary, a public high school in Virginia, is committed to ending abortion in our lifetime by educating their peers and connecting with their local Pregnancy Resource Center to help women in their community.

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This group had to overcome many obstacles to starting their pro-life as they were challenged by their school administration. Throughout the process of getting the group started, the leaders were able to remain dedicated and steadfast as well as being able to grow their group. Before they were even approved by their school, they had over 100 students sign-up to learn more about the cause.  While waiting for months for the school’s approval, Rams for Life leaders took every opportunity to expand their pro-life knowledge by attending local and national Students for Life of America conferences as well as trainings from their Regional Coordinator.

Public high school pro-life groups are a great asset to the pro-life movement. Thank you, Rams for Life for proving that high school groups are an important part of the Pro-Life Generation!

EAST COAST 2015 NEW COLLEGE GROUP OF THE YEAR: SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS FOR LIFE 

The New College Group of the Year, Saginaw Valley State University Students for Life, wasted no time getting started in 2015. They held their very first event on January 13th, starting with about four students. That semester they were able to host five events on campus, including a local right to life prayer vigil, recruitment clipboarding, and hosting an Apologetics Training with their SFLA Regional Coordinator.

The way this group has grown from a small group of dedicated pro-life students to a large group of dedicated pro-life students has been incredible. In a year they have grown from four consistent members to over 20 – over 400% growth! In the fall, they began taking their impact beyond the reach of campus and into their community. They spent multiple days volunteering at their local pregnancysaginaw valley resource center, moving large boxes and bins of supplies for needy mothers and children. They began attending several other community events and conferences.

One of this group’s greatest accomplishments came right at the beginning of the new school year. The SVSU Students for Life were the first group in the country to host the  SFLA Planned Parenthood Project  after the damaging undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress videos were released over the summer. This added a totally unprecedented level of uncertainty as to how students would react – but the group faced it head-on. They gained massive amounts of campus attention by word of mouth and social media. Their group President was interviewed by the local news, which was the top story of the evening news for nearly every local news source. They dialogued persuasively and recruited dozens of new student members.

They have taken their campus by storm and are making huge impacts on their campus’ culture. SFLA is proud to recognize the Saginaw Valley State University Students for Life club as the 2015 New College Group of the Year.

Meet our 2015 Students for Life of America West Coast Award Winners:

 

WEST COAST AWARDS

WEST COAST NEW COLLEGE GROUP OF THE YEAR – SUPPORTERS FOR LIFE AT WEST VALLEY COLLEGE

The Supporters for Life at West Valley College hit the ground running, passing out flyers and introducing a pro-life presence to their campus activities fair on the very first day they were approved in early October.  After only four months, the group became the fourth largest club on their campus.

Engaging their peers in dialogue during an educational event focused on raising awareness of the local support available to pregnant and parenting students, they changed the hearts and minds of three of their peers, and recruited a former pro-choice student to join their club!  This group has done a remarkable job of assembling, organizing, and galvanizing a network of students dedicated to defending life, and of effectively bringing the pro-life cause to the forefront of their campus community.

SFLA is looking forward to seeing what this incredible new Students for Life group will do in 2016!

WEST COAST NEW HIGH SCHOOL GROUP OF THE YEAR: SHIELD FOR THE UNBORN IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

The Shield for the Unborn is a group of 25 homeschool students who have successfully unified and mobilized together in the San Francisco Bay Area to attend peaceful weekly outreaches at their local Planned Parenthood. They also attended 11 larger-scale protests in 2015.

Demonstrating patience and perseverance, the Shield for the Unborn wrote encouraging pro-life messages on the sidewalk in chalk during one of their peaceful witnesses, and didn’t lose heart when Planned ParenthooShiels for the Unborn - Copyd employees tried washing away their messages of hope.  Instead, they rewrote them over and over again!  Even when the Planned Parenthood workers called the police, these students remained calm and level-headed, and took measures to make sure the facility was fined.

These young students are stellar ambassadors of the pro-life movement in their community, and the consistency with which they have stood as the last line of defense outside abortion facilities bears witness to their exceptional organization and diligence.

Congratulations to the New High School Group of the Year, the Shield for the Unborn!

WEST COAST COLLEGE GROUP OF THE YEAR: VOICE FOR LIFE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND 

 The 2015 West Coast College Group of the Year, the Voice for Life at the University of Portland, has proven they know how to use their leadership capabilities to engage their whole campus in an ongoing dialogue about abortion.  In the spirit of true leadership, these students maximized the impact of their school-wide events by inviting their pro-choice peers to join the conversation.

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They successfully used their “Cupcakes for Life” event to dialogue with over 200 of their fellow students about abortion. They were even able to witness one pro-choice student reconsider her position and come to a better and more comprehensive understanding of the pro-life position after speaking with the group president.

The Voice for Life embraced the importance of fostering relationships in order to catalyze effective and fruitful dialogue and proved themselves to be exemplary ambassadors of the pro-life movement on their campus.

SFLA is proud to award the West Coast College Group of the Year to the Voice for Life at the University of Portland.

WEST COAST HIGH SCHOOL GROUP OF THE YEAR: TREASURE VALLEY TEENS FOR LIFE IN BOISE, IDAHO

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The Treasure Valley Teens for Life in Boise, Idaho successfully created a pro-life student community that unites both homeschooled and local high school students in their efforts to empower women and defend life.  They have epitomized what it means to build a community, demonstrating consistency and coordination with detailed scheduling and dedication to monthly meetings; fostering friendships within their group by planning social events together; and forming themselves to be well-informed emissaries of the pro-life movement through rigorous training and attention to apologetics.

They captured the heart of what it means to empower women by assisting with the inaugural event of a local pregnancy resource center They also demonstrated their ability to witness to their community by engaging people in conversation about abortion at a local fair.

Congratulations to all the students of the Treasure Valley Teens for Life!

 

PREGNANT ON CAMPUS GROUP OF THE YEAR: GEORGE MASON STUDENTS FOR LIFE AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

In the Spring of 2015, George Mason Students for Life began their campus campaign, Operation Graduation for Mothers, which raised awareness about the lack of pregnancy resources on their campus. This campaign included an investigation of campus resources and community awareness, a graduation cap display, an outreach video, discussions with faculty and students, and (most notably) a letter to the college President alerting him of their concerns and requests.

Throughout the year, the GMU Students for Life group hosted a Feminists for Life Resources Forum, diaper drives, Pregnancy Resources Week, and training sessions.

Because of the group’s outreach on campus, they have been able to create partnerships with campus and community groups where they were able to directly impact dozens of their classmates by offering resources referral, pregnancy tests, baby items, transportation, and peer support.

GMU Students for Life made a lasting impact on their campus that will affect students in years to come:

  1. The campus now allows parking for pregnant and new mothers in handicap spots with a special permit.
  2. The Title IX compliance office is updating their website
  3. Life-affirming resources have been added to the health website.
  4. Students who receive a positive pregnancy test are now provided with resources referral.

We are proud to award George Mason Students for Life as the 2015 Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year.