High School: 2017 Group of the Year Awards

EAST COAST HIGH SCHOOL NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR: HUNTINGTOWN HIGH SCHOOL

StartingHuntingtown High a new group at the high school level comes with its challenges, but this group started strong right out of the gate. The students at Huntingtown High School held SFLA training’s, attended local marches, prayed outside of abortion facilities, supported their local pregnancy resource center, and participated in some of the most influential activism events in our movement.  This team of awesome students was part of a small group in the DC area that helped pray throughout the night at the Supreme Court before the Whole Women’s Health case was heard, and they helped pull off our #ProLifeGen Rally the day before the East Coast National Conference.

EAST COAST HIGH SCHOOL GROUP OF THE YEAR: S.A.L.T. LIFE AT BENET ACADEMY

SALT

Our Group of the Year  for 2016 never ceases to amaze us at SFLA! This group participates in Prayer & Pancakes, where they go to pray at Planned Parenthood on a Saturday morning and then go to breakfast. They hosted a school-wide Pro-Life Assembly and multiple speakers, including their Regional Coordinator. Last October, S.A.L.T Life at Benet Academy did a Rosary for Life, sidewalk chalked, stood in the entry of their school with pro-life signs and chants as students were dropped off for school, and they also got super creative and hosted a fundraiser called “Nacho life to take.”

Five years ago, this group had seven members attend the March for Life, but this year they brought over 100 participants. Way to go!

December Event-in-a-Box: The 12 Days of #prolifegen gifts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, you’ve almost completed the Fall term! From small to large events, your group has been active making a difference at your school, and it’s time to celebrate all your successes.christmas

This month, your group can be a gift to your community, your peers, your Pregnancy Center, and even your social media following. To help you, we have created the 12 Days of #prolifegen Gifts to give you some fun ideas of what your group can do this month.

Tis the season to reflect, refresh, re-strategize, and celebrate! Because every school has a different timeline for finals and Christmas break, we would like to provide a complete digital version of this month’s Event in a Box to you. Simply contact your Regional Coordinator and he/she will email this month’s digital Event in a Box to you.

 

What’s In the box:

  • The 12 days of #prolifegen Gifts Guide
  • Social Media Graphics
  • Flyering materials
  • Group Recruitment Sheet
  • Video links to share with your group

 To order the December Event-in-a-Box, contact your Regional Coordinator today.

If you are a student in CA or NV, contact Camille Rodriguez.
If you are a student in OR, WA, ID, MT, HI or AK contact Katie Lodjic.
If you are a student in CO, NM, WY, AZ, or UT, contact Jake Simon.
If you are a student in MI, IN, or OH, contact RJ McVeigh.
If you are a student in VA, MD, PA, DC, or DE, contact Michelle Hendrickson.
If you are a student in KY, WV, or TN, contact Brenna Hartwell.
If you are a student in NE, IA, KS, IL, or MO, contact Reagan Barklage.
If you are a student in OK or TX, contact Jillian Ferguson.
If you are a student in NY or NJ, contact Keri Landeche.
If you are a student in NC, SC, GA, or FL, contact Ryan Eyrich.
If you are a student in MN or WI, contact Maddie Schulte.
If you are a student in a state not listed, contact Lisa Stover.

Register Now for the West Coast Leadership Lunch!

Calling All College and High School Group Leaders!

Coming to the West Coast Conference?

Are you the leader of a college or high school pro-life group?

Then you need to register for the 2016 West Coast Leadership Lunch!

The West Coast Leadership Lunch is an exclusive opportunity for leaders of pro-life groups. This is a set-aside time for Presidents and other officers of these groups to network and brainstorm with other student leaders while receiving problem-solving advice from SFLA leaders. Don’t miss this unique and highly-specialized opportunity! We’ll see you there!

Only two students per school will be permitted. Space is limited! Lunch will be provided in the classroom (no lines!). Not registered for the conference? Visit www.sflalive.org.

How do SFL groups handle the abortion picture debate?

By RJ McVeigh, Students for Life Director of Apologetics

The use of images of abortion victims, or “graphic images”, is a strategy that divides many well-meaning supporters of the pro-life movement. While Students for Life of America doesn’t take an official stance on the use of images of abortion victims, we have varying views within our organization on their effectiveness and appropriate time of use. SFLA has never advised a student group to openly oppose an image display nor have we participated in or directed students to protest groups that use abortion victim imagery.

We have seen them work by saving mothers and children from abortion and they have even been used to recruit new students into the movement. We have also seen them not work by wiping out existing student groups and leaving campuses with no year round pro-life presence. In this mindset, we offer guidance for groups when dealing with outside organizations coming on campus, whether the groups agree with the strategy or not. The ultimate goal is not to create further division and instead ensure that every group not only survives, but thrives after a display is brought on campus.

Below is an excerpt from our First Edition President’s Binder* that was released in January of 2014 that addresses how student groups should handle images of abortion victims coming on your campus:

Sometimes, a group with graphic images of abortion will show up at a school with an active pro-life group, unannounced. Now, you have to know two things:

  • First, this tends to be the nature of most graphic image groups. Most graphic image groups go where they know there will be tension with their pictures without warning in order to maximize the shock value.
  • Second, it’s better to talk and work with them, than to make them mad. The last thing you want is a graphic image group mad at your group or your school.

If a graphic image group shows up at your school unannounced there are a few ways in which your pro-life group can respond:

The first thing your group must remember is that you and the graphic image group both have the same goal: to abolish abortion. Be sure to introduce yourself and be friendly. You, as the president, need to let them know your group exists and ask about them about the details regarding the display – who, what, where, when, why, and how.

If you are an active pro-life group, you will most likely know where a good majority of your groups stands when it comes to graphic pictures. So let’s break it down into two different scenarios.

The Students for Life group is in favor of graphic images (likes them):

  • Set up a pro-life table next to the display with information about your group and pregnancy resources.
  • Ask if you can help the display
  • Pass out pro-life literature from the group or your own group’s information
  • Dialogue with students and faculty walking by (request an Apologetics training from your SFLA Regional Coordinator)

The Students for Life group is not in favor of graphic images (doesn’t like them):

  • Set up a pro-life table on a different part of campus with a sign saying something like “do the images bother you?” Do not publically criticize the graphic image group or protest their event. Simply dialogue with students about how the display made them feel and use the situation to talk about abortion with students on your campus.
  • Send a letter to the school newspaper the next week sharing your views on abortion and positive things your group is doing on your campus
  • Hold a display the next week that offers a different side to the issue
  • Set up a debate with the people or group that is pro-abortion and give them an opportunity to express their opinions

SFLA has seen many different situations play out at schools. Groups that work with the graphic images reach many people. We challenge you to take advantage of the situation and use it to advance the pro-life message, not expose division even if you disagree with the strategy. Once a graphic display appears at your school, your whole school will be talking about abortion. You MUST use that to your advantage by striking up conversations all around the school and asking people about abortion while it is at the forefront of their minds.

*Want to order our newest President’s Binder edition? Contact your Regional Coordinator to find out how! 

 

Pro-life High School Student Interviewed on National Radio

Wondering about starting a pro-life club this year but don’t know where to start? Is writing a constitution, recruiting members, or coming up with ideas for events overwhelming? Madera South student Jorge Mendoza is not only a shining example of persistence and courage in starting a pro-life club but is also a great example of how to use all the free resources available from Students for Life TM  to his advantage.

Jorge’s groups at both Madera South and Madera High School in California won Group of the Month in May (see more about this here) after a months-long battle with the school administrations. But did you know why Jorge wanted to start the clubs or what his plans are now that he has graduated? How did he use SFLA’s resources? Where did he even find out about SFLA?

Jorge did a great interview with Teresa Tomeo over at EWTN radio where he answers all these questions and more, which is definitely worth a listen to! Click on the link below to listen:

http://www.mediafire.com/view/5ii4k52f6ikr4az/CC%20Mendoza%2006-15-15.mp3

Need help starting your club? Email us at info@studentsforlife.org to learn how.

Register for a Leadership Summit Now!

It is time to register for the 2014 National Conference and RSVP for the Leadership Summit geared to you! This year there will be breakout sessions to provide premier training for group leaders and for med and law students. These specialized trainings will be led by the top pro-life experts in your field to equip you with the knowledge and tools needed for an effective group.  Leadership Summits are closed meetings that take place during the afternoon general session and attendance to the Summits are by RSVP only, as space is very limited.

The High School Leadership Summit is for Presidents and Vice Presidents of current high school pro-life groups or those who are starting a new group. The training will provide you with leadership skills, how to work with administration, abstinence apologetics, and other activism techniques unique to the high school setting.  To RSVP for the High School Leadership Summit contact Missy Martinez at mmartinez@studentsforlife.org.

The College Leadership Summit is for Presidents and Vice Presidents of current college pro-life groups or those who are starting a group.  This session will provide students with exclusive leadership training, guidance for planning successful events, in-depth tools for effective activism and more. To RSVP for the College Leadership Summit contact Brendan O’Morchoe at bomorchoe@studentsforlife.org

The Bioethics Leadership Summit is geared for medical and law students. This summit will examine current and future issues in the field of bioethics and the effect on the future of medicine and law. The session will address the tie between the two most critical professions in the pro-life movement and how they can work together to end abortion.  To RSVP for the Bioethics Leadership Summit contact James Christophersen at jchristophersen@studentsforlife.org

You must be registered for the 2014 National Conference to attend the Leadership Summit. Register here: www.SFLAlive.org.

Own Crescendo today!

cCrescendo made international headlines, won a multitude of prestigious movie awards and raised millions of dollars for crisis pregnancy centers. This beautiful film has touched thousands of lives across the world and features New York Times bestselling author and mother to Justin Bieber, Pattie Mallette, as Executive Producer!

Crescendo is a short film about the life and struggle of a pregnant woman in the late 1700’s.

Now is your chance to own this inspiring movie! You can order it here!

Outrageous Update from Austin

BusFaceOff2So much is riding on what is happening in Texas right now, as their legislature is poised to pass legislation that will save countless children from death and their mothers from the pain and heartache of abortion.  The whole world is watching. Right now the Students #Stand4Life crew is busy bolstering Texas pro-life efforts, meeting with state representatives, and shedding light on the horrors of abortion to our orange shirted, pro-abortion opponents – and all that in the face of discrimination!

Last night the Students #Stand4Life crew was left out in the cold after the local YMCA was bullied by pro-abortion activists to evict our SFLA team members and students from their facilities.  SFLA had worked out an arrangement with the the Austin Town Lake Branch YMCA to use their showers for the week of the Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour.  On Monday night after using the facilities, YMCA management had indicated everything was working out great. But  pro-abortion members of the club said that it was “too political” to have pro-lifers in the showers — and pressured management to give our students the boot.

It’s really a shame that the Young Men’s Christian Association was bullied by these people to kick pro-life, Christian kids out. it just goes to show how pro–aborts operate every day.

And now our team members on the ground in Austin have been scrambling to find other locations at which to get 56 people showered each day, as the church building housing our team does not have shower facilities.

SFLAPPbus2But not all the news coming out of Austin is bad!  When our team heard Planned Parenthood was launching their own bus tour in Austin, we knew the Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour had to take action.  Our SFLA Missionaries for Life went right up to the Planned Parenthood bus to hold  our “I am the Pro-Life Generation” signs and pass out our “Planned Parenthood’s Plan for You” postcards to expose the true facts about Planned Parenthood’s billion-dollar abortion business. We truly went head to head with the abortion Goliath!  See the pictures of our crew below.

Plus, on Monday after we arrived the Students #Stand4Life crew also had the opportunity to meet with the Lt. Governor of Texas, David Dewhurst. Lt. Governor Dewhurst told our team, “I am so glad to know that we have a new generation of pro-life Texans on their way to leadership. The presence of Students For Life of America today at the Texas Capitol, at such a historic time, gives me confidence that good will prevail.”

Lt Gov smaller

These students who have given a week of their lives, who are sacrificing by sleeping on church floors (and possibly going without showers) are truly the heart of the pro-life movement.  Their dedication and passion to protect the preborn and their mothers challenges and encourages me. And I hope you too!

To be honest with you – when this idea for the bus tour came to us we almost said no.  That’s right – we almost said no.  It’s the middle of July -with vacations and summer jobs keeping our students busy. But we were challenged by the passion of the students and by our SFLA team members who wanted to take this leap of faith, that the support would come in.  The Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour is not something we had budgeted for, and as this is the end of our fiscal year, all our money for special projects has been spent.

But we are so glad that we moved forward with the Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour and took this leap of faith and now we want to challenge you.

In this critical time, as the nation watches what is happening in Austin, we have had a generous supporter come forward with a $3,000 matching grant to further our efforts in Texas and help guarantee that we will meet our goal, covering all our expenses for this trip!

We are $6,000 away from reaching our goal of having the Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour fully funded and this matching grant will bridge that gap!

This week every dollar you give will be doubled up to $3,000!  So, now is the time to give if you have not already, and if you have already given, please consider giving just a little more!  

Will you please partner with us this week with a donation of $25, $15 or even $5 to help us reach our matching grant?  Every dollar that you give this week will be doubled up to $3,000!  We need your help to reach our goal and cover all the expenses for the Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour so that we can start the 2013-2014 school year off without a deficit.

Thank you for believing in our mission and taking a leap of faith each day with us as we work to abolish abortion in our lifetime!

Students for Life Goes Orange At Planned Parenthood Rally

PPrally1A large group of Students for Life of America (SFLA) activists and local pro-life protesters took over the kickoff rally of Planned Parenthood’s “Stand with Texas Women Bus Tour” on the south east side of the Texas State Capitol this morning.

“When we heard Planned Parenthood was launching their bus tour in Austin, we knew the ‘Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour’ had to take action,”said National High School Coordinator Missy Martinez. “We had SFLA Missionaries for Life ready to go dressed in orange to pass out our pink Planned Parenthood Project cards along with the Planned Parenthood Project banner display next to the rally, to expose the true facts about Planned Parenthood’s billion-dollar abortion business.

“Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, performing 915 abortions per day, over 333,000 per year. And yet almost 60% of young people aged 18-24 don’t even know that Planned Parenthood does abortions and their favorability of the abortion business goes down when they find out. Planned Parenthood claims to stand for women’s health.  There are more than 360 community health centers in Texas that provide the same services, cheaper, but without providing abortions.  Abortion simply isn’t healthcare.”

WendyDavisPLGWhile Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and State Senator Wendy Davis took the mic, a swarm of pro-lifers holding SFLA “I am the Pro-Life Generation” signs circled the lawn. The Students #Stand4Life Bus drove by and went head to head with the Planned Parenthood bus. By the end of the rally, blue shirts overwhelmed the orange presence.

On Sunday morning, the Students #Stand4Life bus left DC for a 30 hour bus ride, making stops to pick up more students along the way in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas. On Monday, the Bus Tour met up with even more pro-life students at the Texas State Capitol who flew and drove in from around Texas as well as states like Iowa, New Mexico, and Oregon to back up their fellow pro-life Texans.  SFLA is working throughout the week with local organizations like the 35 Texas Students for Life groups across the state, Texas Alliance for Life, Texas Right to Life, and all the other pro-life forced on the ground in Austin mobilizing to keep Texas pro-life.SFLAPPbus

PPSFLAbusses

 

Media contact:
Alexa Coombs, alexa@studentsforlife.org, 571-295-7352

All posts on the Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour

Texas Pro-Life Bill Will Make National History

panrallyStudents for Life of America (SFLA) National High School Coordinator Missy Martinez represented the pro-life generation at last night’s #Stand4Life rally on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol. The following are her remarks, as prepared.

“My name is Missy Martinez and I am the National High School Coordinator for Students for Life of America. I am so excited to be back in the state I grew up in for this historic moment.

“Because today, we are on the brink of national history. Texan pro-lifers are fighting harder than ever to pass unprecedented pro-life legislation and have been met with unprecedented opposition.

“But I am here today as a representative of young adults all over the nation, to say, we are on your side. We are the pro-life generation. We believe in the humanity of the unborn and we want babies to be protected in the womb. But, ending abortion isn’t just about saving children, it’s about protecting women from the harm of abortion as well.

“Apoyamos a las mujeres porque merecen algo major que el aborto.

“We are so excited about what this state is going to accomplish this month. These bills will save the lives of so many Texan children and continue to break the stronghold of the abortion industry in our nation. When this type of legislation failed to pass in Pennsylvania, the result was Kermit Gosnell. The abortion industry is incapable of regulating itself. We cannot allow another Gosnell.

“So, we stand with you, Texas. We stand with Texas women. We want them to have access to real healthcare. We stand with Texas children, we want them to have the chance at life. We stand with Texas Pro-Life politicians, representatives, senators, congressman and women who have fought to get these bills passed. We will see an end to abortion in America and Texas is leading the way. We will abolish abortion in our lifetime. This injustice will end. Si, esta injusticia terminara.”

On Sunday morning, the Students #Stand4Life bus left DC for a 30 hour bus ride, making stops to pick up more students along the way in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas. On Monday, the Bus Tour met up with even more pro-life students at the Texas State Capitol who flew and drove in from around Texas as well as states like Iowa, New Mexico, and Oregon to back up their fellow pro-life Texans.  SFLA would like to thank Texas Alliance for Life, Texas Right to Life, our Texas Students for Life groups, and all the other pro-life groups on the ground in Austin for mobilizing to keep Texas pro-life.

Media contact:
Alexa Coombs, alexa@studentsforlife.org, 571-295-7352

All posts on the Students #Stand4Life Bus Tour