1. Print your Plan Your Year Guide. This comprehensive calendar has all the major annual pro-life events already filled in for you! Be sure to look up your university calendars dates for the first and last day of classes each semester, final exams, vacations, and special university events. Be sure to visit your athletic calendars as well to plan ahead and integrate your events and big campus sports events! Mark all of these dates on your group calendar so that there won’t be any conflicts with the activities you schedule. Look up local pro-life organizations and list their events on your calendar – you may want to attend or volunteer at these events.
2. Brainstorm and create a list of events to do throughout the school year. Place these events on the calendar! Make sure to plan a mix of large and small events. Begin planning easier events that allow for your group to bond and get warmed up to activism at the beginning of the year. In the months that follow, plan for more advanced events. Set a goal of having an activity every other week (in addition to the weekly meetings) and doing one big event each semester. Remember to give your group time to process requests through school administration and advertise any speaking events you may have during the year. Be sure to choose a good recruitment event early in the semester. Use the SFLA Activism Handbook and activity guides for ideas and for help planning. “
3. Schedule regular recruitment efforts, meetings, volunteer opportunities, and social events on your Plan Your Year Guide. Use the “SFLA Recruitment Guide” to formulate an effective recruitment strategy. Remember that every event is a recruitment opportunity. Your group should also plan to have regular weekly meetings and officer meetings on set days, times and locations. If you have additional meetings, write those in as well. Your group should be regularly involved in volunteering at a local pregnancy resource center, maternity home or Right to Life organization. This can include sidewalk counseling or holding vigils at an abortion facility. Finally, don’t forget to plan regular social events to help bond club members!
4. Discuss this calendar at your first meeting of the year. Go through the event ideas and talk about the work required for each one. Ask for comments, ideas, or suggestions from your group members. Make any changes, additions or deletions as needed and then start working to make the events you have planned happen. Assign a member to be in charge of coordinating each event or other specific tasks.
5. Refer back to this calendar throughout the year and use it to plan your budget. Plan backwards from the date that you have chosen for an event to determine when you need to make certain reservations and fundraising preparations. For example, if the university requires you to reserve space for an event a month before, mark that in the calendar so you don’t miss it.