Congratulations on starting a new pro-life group!
We couldn't be more excited to have you join thousands of other Michigan students in the cause to defend life.
WE WANT TO CONNECT WITH YOU!
If you are starting a new group, Protect Life Michigan is here to help. We will get you in contact with a local campus activist, provide all the necessary resources, walk you through the logistics, and provide ongoing personal support. We want to help you effectively reach your campus with the pro-life message
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Running a pro-life student organization is a lot of work & takes long-term dedication. However, it is the only thing that will make a difference on campus.
As you begin this process, we recommend you take some time to check out our college resources. You can see what meetings, outreach, and community building will look like with the help of PLM.
These will help you start thinking about how you can effectively reach your campus. Consider possible places where you could hold meetings and do outreach using the different displays available.
Find out what your school requires & will allow.
Get online or call your school's Student Life department. Typically, you will need a constitution, bylaws, a faculty advisor, and a minimum membership number. Don’t stress: PLM can help you find each of these items.
Next, you'll need to know what sorts of activities your school will allow you to do: Can you chalk on campus, set up a table, reserve a meeting room, and hold events? What are the requirements to do so? Create a document with answers to these questions, so that you can refer to them easily.
Begin gathering a team & delegating tasks.
Start with friends and people in your classes. You can also reach out to like-minded student organizations to see if any of their members would be interested in joining your group. Focus on finding friends who are responsible, dependable, and can help take on a leadership role for your group, but let students know that they aren't required to take on responsibilities in order to join the group.
Once you've assembled a team, you should begin delegating tasks. We have resources for each role's responsibilities and tasks, but feel free to adapt as needed.
Reach out to Protect Life Michigan!
Email us to schedule a zoom call or in-person meeting with one of our team members. We'll sit down with you and your leadership team to help plan out a strategic and effective game plan for the semester. This will take a lot of the leg work off your plate and ensure that you're focusing on the right areas to make the biggest impact!
In the email, introduce yourself, your college, and when you would be available to meet. You can also see our sample Semester Roadmap to get an idea of what we'll be planning together.
Now you are ready to go out on campus & share the pro-life message. Remember, we are always available if you need help!
It is important to expand your group so that you can have a long-lasting effect on your campus. Start by having an awesome beginning to your fall semester! Here's how to do it:
Figure out when your school's recruitment fair is, and ask Student Life what needs to be done to reserve a table
Reserve a table ASAP
Reach out to the students and faculty advisor who have said they are interested in the group, and ask them to come help you at the recruitment fair
Email us to request a recruitment kit. This will include any materials and instructions you need for the fair! If possible, we may be able to send a staff person to help with setup and recruitment during the fair.
Be sure to promote your upcoming meetings at the fair, including your Kickoff Meeting. See how to make this meeting successful below!