Free hotel stay during the March for Life

After hearing about just how life-changing our Students for Life National Conference has been for so many young leaders, one of our long-time supporters just called and offered a generous grant to help us bring more people to our National Conferences than ever before.

Because we all know that staying in DC an extra night for the Students for Life National Conference is one of the biggest expenses you will have.

Here’s what our donor has offered to do:

Any student group (college, high school, youth group) that is coming to the March for Life in Washington and hasn’t registered yet for the Students for Life of America East Coast National Conference can get free hotel housing in Maryland near the conference venue if they register within the next two weeks.

Here’s the catch: We only have enough funds to pay for hotels for one night (so it’s first come, first served) and there will be four people to a room. Further, this awesome new opportunity only applies to student groups (10 people or more) who have never been to the Students for Life National Conference or who haven’t been to our Conference since 2013.

Want to make sure your group can come to our East Coast National Conference on Saturday, January 28th (the day after the March for Life)?

Simply fill out this form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlQ-aIPL-Yt6bOo2-B5S2B9gxMnqqzZaLVaw95tdbdcam6bw/viewform.

From there, we will send you the link to register for the conference and form to fill out for the free hotel rooms! The registration fee for the conference is only $45 per person and that includes free shuttle rides to and from the metro station, lunch, and dinner – plus, now, a free hotel night!

Check out the amazing, jam-packed schedule for break-out and general sessions featuring Abby Johnson, Josh Brahm, Shawn Carney and more at: www.sflalive.com/schedule.

If you can’t make it out to our East Coast National Conference but want to be at the West Coast National Conference on Sunday, January 22nd, you can register for that event easily at www.sflalive.com. The first 100 to register get 50% off their registration! Use the code: FIRST100

Nominate Your Group for SFLA’s Group of the Year Awards!

Every year, Students for Life of America is honored to award prizes to student groups and leaders at our National Conferences! These cash prizes can help further the outreach efforts and the effectiveness of these groups at their schools.

To award these prizes to deserving students and groups, we need you to nominate the groups and leaders you think deserve recognition – you can even nominate your own group! Listed below are the categories, prize amounts, and nomination forms for each award. Winning groups must be present at the SFLA West or East Coast National Conference to receive the award.

Applications are due no later than January 13, 2017. Email us (link to lstover@studentsforlife.org) your applications today!

 

College  Group  Awards

2017 College Group of the Year

$1,000 Prize

This award will recognize the all-around excellence of one college pro-life student group. The SFLA College Group of the Year will demonstrate success in areas of campus activism, recruitment, and community involvement.

Follow this link to apply: 2017 College Group of the Year Award Application

 

2017 New College Group of the Year

$500 Prize

This award will recognize an outstanding new pro-life college group that was formed between January 2016 and December 2016. The New College Group of the Year Award will be given to a group that has shown success in recruiting members and raising awareness about abortion on campus.

Follow this link to apply: 2017 New College Group of the Year Award Application

 

2017 Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year

Prize: $250 (in gift cards)

The Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year Award will recognize the achievements of two Students for Life college groups that have excelled in promoting pregnant and parenting resources. (One award will be given to an East Coast group; the other award will be given to an West Coast group.)

The SFLA Pregnant on Campus Groups of the Year should demonstrate success in pregnant and parenting advocacy and outreach on their college campus. This group should show significant efforts to change their campus to embrace practices and policies that protect and assist pregnant and parenting students.

Follow this link to apply: 2017 PonC Group of the Year Award

High School Group Awards

2017 High School Group of Year

$1,000 Prize

This award will recognize the all-around excellence of one high school pro-life student group. The SFLA High School Group of the Year will demonstrate success in activism, recruitment, and community involvement.

Follow this link to apply: 2017 High School Group of the Year Award Application

 

2017 New High School Group of the Year

$500 Prize

The New High School Group of the Year will be given to the student pro-life group who has best developed and organized an innovative way to share the pro-life message at their high schools or in their homeschool communities.

Follow this link to apply: 2017 New High School Group of the Year Award Application

Why come to our national conferences? Former attendees tell all!

Students for Life of America will be hosting its 11th annual national conference in January 2017 in Washington, DC and its fourth annual conference in San Francisco. The theme of “Heroic” follows the annual March for Life in DC and the West Coast March for Life in San Francisco. The East Coast National Conference is the largest social gathering of pro-life youth in the world. Students who attend the SFLA conferences will benefit from extensive training that is designed to improve their leadership and help them end abortion in their lifetime.UNM1

But why take it from us, when we have former attendees willing to talk about how awesome the conferences are themselves?

According to Anja Scheib, the SFLA conference is “a once-a-year opportunity to be trained by, hear, and see up close the leadership of the pro-life movement.”

Scheib is a former Wilberforce Fellow and former President of Mississippi State Students for Life. She will be leading the Pregnant on Campus breakout session at the DC conference, a conference she has attended herself in the past as a student leader. “It really benefited me to have in-person Q&A with pro-life organizations I usually only get the chance to read about.”

Samantha Serrano, who founded Students for Life at the University of New Mexico, expressed how the conference gave her and other students the tools to abolish abortion: “The National Conference is a fantastic resource! It is absolutely incredible to be among so many other young pro-lifers who are just as excited to end abortion as you are. It is the perfect place to go to get inspiration on how you can address the problems of abortion in your own community. You will leave feeling equipped and motivated to abolish abortion.”

Lauren Castillo, National Diocesan Relations Director & National Faith Foundations Program Director for SFLA, said the national conference impacted her future working in the pro-life movement:

“I was first introduced to the SFLA National Conference when I was leading my SFL group in college. It was because of those relationships that I was able to build through that experience that I am now doing pro-life missionary work full-time with Students for Life of America. It has been so exciting watching these conferences positively and tremendously impacts the students’ lives that attend.”

Castillo stresses the importance the SFLA conferences have made in the lives of many pro-life leaders: “Many of the students I have worked with over the past four years students-for-life-conferenceattribute their roles in the pro-life movement as being initiated at the conference itself. There is nothing comparable to learning from the top national pro-life leaders with years, and even lifetimes of experiences, and with thousands of other high school and college students your age. I think every young pro-life student should attend these conferences so they can connect with others, re-energize their efforts, find tangible ways to become active, and learn valuable material.”

Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator Bethany Janzen went to the conference as a sophomore and member of Oregon Students for Life, and describes it as the highlight of her year: “After an intense day at the Walk for Life counter-protesting a radical pro-abortion group, I had the opportunity to learn in a relaxed, yet professional environment from top apologists and the leaders of the pro-life movement.”

arizonastateJanzen continues to attend the West Coast conference three years later and recommends, “that students attend so that they become better equipped to abolish abortion and change the world!”

The Heroic conference will meet in San Francisco on January 22, 2017 and in Washington DC on January 28, 2017. Sign up here: www.sflalive.org.

Students will hear from pro-life leaders and organizations like Alliance Defending Freedom, Kristan Hawkins with SFLA, Josh Brahm with Equal Rights Institute, and Rebecca Haschke with Justice for All. Several breakout workshops will teach students how to successfully participate in Pregnant on Campus, the Real Sex Week, and 40 Days for Life, and more initiatives that make positive impacts on their campus.

Walk for Life Recap: Fearless

By Kristina Hernandez, Director of Communications, Students for Life of America

Coming off of the enthusiasm of the March for Life, Students for Life of America was prepared and excited for the Walk for Life, anticipating to not only walk with thousands of young pro-lifers but encounter the same dozen or so vicious pro-abortion protestors that stopped the March for Life in its tracks in Washington, DC.

Also, the day before, this same pro-abortion group completely shut down a pro-life walk in Oakland, CA. The marchers didn’t even make it to the streets before the pro-abortion group shut them down.

They were prepared to try the same strategy at the Walk for Life but our pro-life students, working with the police, were going to make sure that didn’t happen.
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After passing out over 5,000 “I am the pro-life generation” signs in English and Spanish, pro-life students gathered to get their instructions.

About one hundred pro-life students were prepped as SFLA Special Forces to make sure that these pro-abortion protestors did not interrupt the Walk for Life. Kristan Hawkins, SFLA’s President, gave the students and staff clear instructions to be peaceful activists, listen to the police and stand arm-in-arm on the sidewalk in front of the protestors, effectively blocking their entrance to the street in front of the protestors.

It was the quite the sight as the students walked down the street with the giant “I am the Pro-Life Generation” banner and peacefully set up in front of the pro-abortion protestors, effectively blocking all of their hateful signs from the pro-life marchers view. It was truly a testament to the youth and their generation knowing that abortion is a moral wrong.

The pro-abortion protestors consisted of Communists, old and women, very angry people of both genders, and signs like “Abort all babies, kill all kids, save the planet.” They were chanting “abortion on demand and without apology” and yelling down our students for daring to stand for the voiceless.

As the Walk for Life approached, the pro-abortion protestors abandoned their posts inside the police-made barricades and moved to run into the street to shut down the walk but our students stood bravely side-by-side blocking them from entering the streets, and those couple of protestors that managed to get through the line were tackled by police who were waiting for them.

Our pro-life students weren’t about to let 50 pro-abortion protestors stop 60,000 pro-lifers.

Many Walk for Life participants had no idea about the battle waged by the SFLA Special Forces pro-life unit that was deployed well ahead of the start of the Walk. In fact, many news outlets reported that the Walk was a peaceful event because so many participants were able to peaceably walk for life because the pro-abortion protestors were shut down by the police and our students.

That’s the power of this pro-life generation.

After the event, many of our pro-life students came up to our team members saying they felt emboldened by their stand for life and attended our SFLA West Coast Conference the next day. In fact, we had to order more food because so many people registered at the last minute!

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The conference was a huge success, as was the Walk for Life, and we can’t wait to start planning for the SFLA 2016 West Coast Conference!