February Event-In-A-Box: I Lived on Parker Avenue:If the beginning of your semester has been as crazy as the beginning of the year for SFLA, we want to give you the opportunity to take a breather and enjoy a movie screening. Even though we used November as Adoption Awareness month, this is another great opportunity to highlight the impact of what choosing adoption can have.
Take this time to invite your group, invite other groups on campus, invite the public to view this short film and participate in a discussion after about how the film impacted your group and how you can use this film on campus to support pregnant and parenting students.
“I Lived on Parker Avenue is an inspiring short documentary about the beauty of adoption that will be released March 8, 2018. Host a watching party on or after March 8, to share this powerful film with your campus! The film will be available free online. Once you sign up, we will ship you a box with materials and instructions on how to stream the film online."
"Adopted at birth and raised in Louisiana, David Scotton is on a journey to Indiana to meet the birth parents he’s never known. His tattooed birth mother, Melissa, and reserved birth father, Brian, anxiously wait for him, concerned David will reject them for decisions they made before he was born. I Lived on Parker Avenue is a short documentary about a mother’s agony in choosing what’s best, the joy of a couple starting a family, and a young man’s search for where his life began."
How to use the box:
The box comes with graphics you can use to promote the movie. There is a space on the top where you can write details about where your group will be showing the screening.
If you are interested in having the film at your school or home, you will need to let your RC know and they will add it to a Google file. The company that is distributing the film will send you a “screening kit” complete with popcorn and other goodies to make your movie night a hit!
Use the discussion questions included to guide you through a conversation with your group or as a way to start a discussion with other groups that you invited, see if there are any opposing viewpoints.
Choose 5 – 10 abortion myths to address in your event. Try to target issues particularly relevant to or misunderstood on your campus. (i.e. that abortion is only available in the first 3 months of pregnancy, that all feminists are pro-choice, and the majority of Americans support on-demand abortion)
Make your quiz a clear, one page handout that gets to the point and includes your group information. Remember many students will only quickly look over the quiz, so you have to reach them with facts quickly. Have the multiple choice questions on one side and answers on the back, with sources cited for ALL information.
Pass out the quiz on campus during a busy time (lunch, class change, etc.)
Either later that day or the following day, pass out pamphlets that go into more depth on each of the correct answers to your quiz. There are great brochures you can order, such as the ‘The Top Ten Myths About Abortion’ booklet from the Family Research Council. Make sure everyone participating has read all of the handout content and is ready to back it up.
Along with your educational handout that will educate your campus about the facts of abortion, you need to give them a call to action. Hand out flyers with your group information (name, website, etc), contact information, and all meeting information (where and when). Also, have sign-up sheets available for anyone interested in joining your group, and follow up with them before your next meeting and/or event through Facebook, email, and phone calls.