Our Story

Students for Life of America (SFLA) began in the late 1970s as C.Am.P.U.S. and was later renamed American Collegians for Life (ACL) in 1988. From 1988 to 2006, ACL existed as a student-run volunteer organization that hosted an annual conference in Washington, DC, developed a resource website, and produced a quarterly publication.

Yet, that wasn’t enough. Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry was running unopposed on our nation’s campuses. Young people were regularly polling pro-choice. And the pro-life movement lacked a full-time ministry dedicated to equipping the very same people who were being directly targeted by the abortion industry.

So in 2005, the student board of American Collegians for Life gathered and decided to launch a full-time operation, starting first by changing the name of the organization to Students for Life of America (SFLA) or Students for Life, for short.

In August of 2006, Kristan Hawkins was hired to become the organization’s first full-time team member and a professional staff shortly followed. Kristan had started pro-life groups in her high school and college and knew first-hand the challenges pro-life students would face on campus. Using her experience working on political campaigns and under the board’s leadership, Kristan organized the pro-life movement’s first field team that hit campuses in Fall 2006.

In 2006, Students for Life believed there were just short of 100 existing campus pro-life organizations. Today, Students for Life serves just shy of 1,200 high school and college pro-life student groups in every state across the nation. Annually, Students for Life hosts the nation’s largest pro-life conference in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, CA and mentors thousands through its regional workshops, campus trainings, one-on-one consulting sessions. In addition, SFLA mobilizes its student leaders multiple times a year in Washington, DC and across states, bringing the pro-life generation’s voice to the forefront of the abortion debate in America.