Welcome back to a new year of pro-life outreach! As you begin your year, you want to hit the ground running: recruiting new members, advertising your group, and training your members to defend their beliefs effectively. That’s why August’s Event-in-a-Box is all about identifying and recruiting new members. How do you attract new members? How do you prepare them to join you in your fight for life? Check out the available resources, and test them out on your campus!
This month’s box includes the following materials: 2 Students for Life books, 1 180 DVD, and 1 Tabling Kit. Please email Beth to request your Box. Boxes will be sent while supplies last. (Please include “Event-in-a-Box Request” in the subject line.)
Mark Your Calendar
- September 21: Jackson, MS
- October 5: Fort Wayne, IN
- October 19: New Haven, CT
- October 26: Denver, CO
- October 26: Austin, TX
- November 9: Phoenix, AZ
- November 16: Nashville, TN
- November 23: Atlanta, GA
Events & Activities
Sign up to table and recruit at your school’s Fall Activities/Involvement Fair, Freshman Orientation, and other events. Be pro-active in recruiting members for your group! You want to get students involved before they have committed to a dozen other activities. Be sure to introduce yourself to like-minded groups on campus to build your network of support!
- Recruit Members
- Sample Student Group Clipboard Sheet
- Do you need topic cards for your table? Email Beth with your request.
Assist your peers in moving in. Wearing your pro-life t-shirt will encourage conversations, and it will give you an opportunity to talk about your group. Ask them what they do on campus. Are they athletes, scholars, or workaholics? Would they be interested in checking out your club? You can help new peers to become involved by telling them about your group and encouraging them to participate in upcoming events.
Flyer and advertise for your group. As students begin the first few weeks of the school year, they will be bombarded by a variety of opportunities. Be sure to make your club a visible presence on campus by flyering in popular spots around campus. You can find sample flyers here.
Distribute group flyers or cards on campus. Take the time to make a simple flyer or contact cards to advertise your upcoming meeting or event. Have each group member hand out 5-10 to classmates, dorm residents, and other potential members. Make it a challenge to see who can hand out the most flyers with a prize for the winner!
Recommended Video Clips
Request a free SFLA Training from your SFLA Regional Coordinator. Your Regional Coordinator can also provide a free consultation to help determine the best ways to improve your group’s stability and effectiveness!Recommended trainings for this month include:
- Membership Recruitment & Retention
- Creating a Vision & Long-Term Strategy for your Group
- Structuring Your Organization for Growth
Organize an Executive Board/ Leadership Meeting. Within the first week of school, you should meet with your fellow leaders to discuss goals and plans for the year. It is important that you all are prepared prior to your first general group meeting and that you begin the year as a unified team. Here are some suggested readings:
- Sample New Group Meeting Agenda
- Have More Effective Meetings
- Manage Leadership Transitions
- Plan Your Year
Host a “Welcome Back” Meeting and Social. Get your group off to a good start, and plan a fun, “welcome back” event with your group! Have a family dinner. Go get ice cream. Host a movie night. Whatever it is- have fun!
Graphics & Flyers
*What did you think of this month’s Event-in-a-Box? Send comments to Beth at [email protected].