Students for Life of America is thrilled to be hosting our 10-Year Anniversary gala in New York City. Looking back on what we have been able to accomplish is such a short amount of time is astounding – and it’s all because of our supporters, our incredible students, and our tireless team members.
We not only look back at what we’ve done but we look forward to the future of SFLA, the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization, and what we are hoping to accomplish: to make abortion unthinkable, to create a life-affirming culture, and to ultimately abolish abortion.
Here are our top 10 accomplishments in the last 10 years!
1) Our National Field Program
We are so proud of our National Field Team Program, which was painstakingly built from the ground up when SFLA hired Kristan Hawkins as our first full-time employee in 2006. Her vision was to have an SFLA team member in every region of the country, meeting students where they are and building relationships, engaging the local community, training students, and becoming a vital resource in their region. Our Field Program today extends to every single region of the nation, encompasses 14 team members who visited over 550 campuses last year alone. To date, SFLA Field Team members have visited over 2,187 campuses since 2006.
2) Surpassed the 1,000 Group Mark
SFLA crossed the 1,000 group mark this year, outnumbering Planned Parenthood on college campuses nearly 4-to-1. Over the last decade, Students for Life’s National Field Team established more than half of those groups from the ground-up and provided support and training which allowed existing groups to grow, network, and thrive. When SFLA began our mission full-time, we only had 181 groups. The Pro-Life Generation is growing.
3) Our National Conferences
Students for Life has grown our annual East Coast National Conference to be the largest pro-life youth conference in the world. With speakers like Senator Rick Santorum, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Congressman Chris Smith, Abby Johnson, David Bereit, David Daleiden, and Lila Rose among so many others, our national conferences are now the must-do January events for pro-life students in Washington, DC and San Francisco. We only had just over 400 students at our national conference in 2008. We had over 2,500 combined between our East and West Coast Conferences in 2017.
4) Leadership Summits
Every single semester, our field team members host a regional Leadership Summit where they bring in experts on pro-life apologetics and First Amendment rights, and train students how to be effective voices for the pro-life message on campus. These summits help extend what we do at our national conferences into regional areas where it’s easier for students to attend. We started doing these summits in 2011, when we did seven Leadership Summits. This past school year, we put on 20 Leadership Summits, hosting students from 232 schools!
5) Campus Displays
To reach students with our pro-life messages, we decided to create eye-catching tour displays that our student groups could take to their campus to spark civil discussion and thoughtful dialogue. We created the Planned Parenthood Project display in 2012, which used numbers from the abortion giant’s annual report to show the number of abortions they do per year versus other services like adoption and cancer screenings, and how much money they get from taxpayers per year. Since then, we’ve created the We Care tour, the We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood tour, the When Do Human Rights Begin? tour, The Cycle of Corruption tour, and the Fetal Pain display. To date, we have taken our displays to over 450 campuses.
6) Showing that We Are the Pro-Life Generation
Through the March for Life, our Supreme Court mobilizations, and many other local rallies and events, our “I am the Pro-Life Generation” signs have been photographed by every major media outlet. Because of the dedication of our students and team to be at these events and rallies, those signs have become part of news stories, even stories long after those particular events. And the people holding the signs – young women and men of the pro-life generation – are the ones who are now the face of the pro-life movement. It’s been thrilling to be a driving force behind making these signs and the young faces behind them the new face of the movement.
7) Training over 44,000 Students
As part of our mission to abolish abortion, we must change the culture. And to do that, we need articulate, well-trained students who can talk to their peers about abortion, its devastating impact on women and families, and alternatives. To that end, training students is a huge focus for us and over the past ten years an organization, we’ve trained an astounding 44,207 students!
8) Launching the Women Betrayed Movement
Building on the momentum of the unprecedented Center for Medical Progress undercover videos in 2015 that revealed Planned Parenthood to be a willing partner in the buying and selling of aborted baby body parts, SFLA launched the Women Betrayed movement, initiating over 80 rallies in one day a mere two weeks after the first CMP video was released. That one day of rallies garnered over $10 million in earned media coverage. The WB movement went on to host more rallies and placed the first-ever billboard against Planned Parenthood in Times Square.
9) I Vote #ProLife First
During the 2012 election cycle, SFLA launched the I Vote #ProLife First effort, which urged Americans to think about the impact of abortion on the nation, the lives lost and women and families harmed andto make abortion the top issue when they went to the polls. Through this effort, we contacted 439,615 households and persuaded hundreds of thousands of people to pledge to vote pro-life first.
10) Planned Parenthood Project Bus Tour
SFLA kicked of the Fall 2015 semester with a Planned Parenthood Project National Bus Tour, ultimately taking the campus tour to 78 college campuses in more than 26 states. The bus tour was wildly popular in the press, garnering over $25,000 worth of earned media in just five days.