HIGH

SCHOOL
GUIDEBOOK

WELCOME

Table of Contents

Getting Started
Resources and Trainings
Legal Rights
Vision and Mission Statement
Constitution
Leadership Positions
Interest Meeting
Plan Your Year
Budget and Fundraising
Events
Sign Up and Attendance Sheets
Leadership Transitions
Retaining Members
Student Testimonies

Dear Pro-Life Student Leader,

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Students for Life of America is a non-profit organization
dedicated to assisting and training pro-life students across
America. Our mission is to identify, educate, and equip
pro-life students to abolish abortion in our lifetime.
Our team has created this High School Guidebook as a
starting point and resource for you, a student who can lead
other young people to stand for Life. We hope it will
encourage you, give you a practical starting point, and help
you to create a vision for what you can accomplish at your
school and in your community.
Please know that our full-time team at SFLA is here to help
you every step of the way as part of this nationwide
movement to abolish abortion.
Since abortion became legal in 1973, over 56 million babies
have been killed. That is one-fourth of our generation lost.
This is our battle, and with your help, we will abolish abortion in our lifetime.
For Life,
Kristan J. Hawkins
President

Contact Us
Students for Life of America
9900 Courthouse Rd.
Spotsylvania,VA 22553
540-834-4600
info@studentsforlife.org
www.studentsforlife.org

Dear Parents and Youth Ministers,
You are instrumental in the organization of a successful
Students for Life group. While many students are
self-sufficient and may not be very dependent on adults,
others require their parents’ support in activities outside
the home. This assistance can range from the need for
transportation to some guidance in decision making. Parents
and youth ministers should also be prepared to counsel and
advise students in the aftermath of exposure to certain
experiences (such as a day outside of an abortion facility). In
all of this, you should know that your children will be
positively enriched by their involvement with Students for
Life.

For Life,
Kristan J. Hawkins
President

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At Students for Life of America, we encourage active
participation between youth and their parents and mentors.
As young people continue to come alongside of you, they
will develop personal ownership of their work as they fight
for a truly just cause. Thank you for raising such a
wonderful child!

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GETTING STARTED
The task of starting a club can be intimidating,
but don’t worry, we have your back! Here’s a list
of things to do to get your new Students for Life
group up and going!
Contact Students for Life of America

We have Regional Coordinators all over the nation
whose sole purpose is to help you start and maintain
your student group. Email info@studentsforlife.org to find
out who is in your area to help!

Find Fellow Pro-Life Students

Find at least three other pro-life students to help you
start your group. Talk to your friends about helping,
and visit other clubs in your school where you would
be likely to find pro-life students. Also, look on
Facebook for peers with similar interests. These core
members will be the people who help build your
group and provide the necessary manpower to make
your efforts successful.

Pick a Name

What do you want to call your club? Pick name that
adequately describes your group, but make sure it’s
clear and professional, such as “Students for Life of
Smith High School” or “Smith High School Students
for Life.” You can also use your mascot and create a
name like, “Raiders for Life.”

Find an Adviser

See pages 8-10 for a sample constitution and mission
statement.

Talk to Your Administration

Once you have fellow students, an adviser, and a rough
draft of your constitution and mission statement,
follow your school’s protocol to become an official
student group. If you have to meet with your principal,
be sure to take another student or your adviser with
you. Keep a copy of any paperwork you turn in and
document every time you meet with your
administration and what is said. If your principal or
other administration denies your club, see page 7 for
how to proceed. *Note that if you attend a public
school, you cannot be denied the right to have a
pro-life club.

Plan Your First Meeting

After receiving approval for your club, it’s time to have
an interest meeting! Set a date, time, and location of the
meeting and begin advertising for the club. Be sure to
pick a location that will be convenient and comfortable
for students. Put up flyers around your school with
information about your club and invite students to
come to the meeting.Visit other clubs and ask to make
announcements at their meetings about your Students
for Life club. Ask your SFLA Regional Coordinator for a
sample meeting agenda and tips on how to run an
effective meeting.

Create Facebook,Twitter, and other
Social Media Accounts

In order to ensure that your group is visible, be sure to
create a Facebook page, as well as other social media
accounts. Assign one member to update the social media
accounts regularly. Be sure to post any events you are
doing, as well as pictures afterwards! People love to see
your activities. It can help you grow in members, as well
as find adults who would be willing to contribute
financially.

HOST AN EVENT!

Now that the club is up and running, start
hosting events! See page 16 for the suggested
sequence of events for new groups.

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In order to be an official club at your school, you will
need an adviser. This is usually an adult who works at
the school. Be clear about the club’s expectation for the
adviser when asking for them to be involved. Are you
simply looking for a place to hold meetings? Or do you
want the adviser to be actively involved in your club?
Be sure to communicate your intention with the club
and make sure the adviser is on the same page before
committing. If you are having trouble finding an
adviser, contact teachers who oversee religious or
conservative clubs.You can also ask your
administration to assign your club an adviser.

Draft a Constitution and
Mission Statement

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RESOURCES & TRAINING
Being a new group can feel overwhelming: Where do we start? How do we get resources? We want
to make it as easy as possible for you to become an active pro-life leader at your school and grow
your club. SFLA has created a number of different free trainings and resources to help educate
and equip you to become an effective pro-life activist!
*Please note, you must be an active student group to receive free resources from Students for Life of
America.*
Trainings








Apologetics: Dialoguing with Abortion Advocates
Pro-Life Activism
Developing Your Leaders
How to Talk about Abstinence
Embracing the Controversy of Abortion
Recruiting and Retaining Members
Planning Your Year
Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Business
Fundraising for Your Group

Topic Cards

We have topic cards for all of the tough questions! You can request any number of the
topic cards to hand out at events and counter demonstrations, use for tabling, and
distribute throughout your school. Email SFLA at info@studentsforlife.org to order as
many as you need.






What about the Life and Health of the Mother?
What about Rape and Incest?
What does Planned Parenthood have Planned for You?
Dispelling the Myths about “Safe Sex”
Does Overpopulation Justify Abortion?
Has Legal Abortion Really Helped Women?
And MORE!

Event-in-a-Box

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Each month during the school year, SFLA releases a new theme for the month, along with
resources (flyers, event and speaker suggestions, talking points, and other
marketing materials) that your group can order and use at your school. The monthly
boxes are announced in an easy-to-access blog post at highschool.studentsforlife.org/
event-in-a-box.

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RESOURCES & TRAINING
Download, Customize, and Print Flyers for your Events!

SFLA offers a number of flyers that your group can customize and print to fit your
needs.Visit highschool.studentsforlife.org/flyers and click on the flyers for a
high resolution and printable image. Print these out and use them at your school! (If
there are flyers that you would like us to create, send your suggestions to
info@studentsforlife.org.)

Get One-on-One Support from your SFLA Team!

Students for Life of America has an expert team of professionals to help students,
wherever you live! Our team is available to you! We are here to help you by
offering one-on-one support for your group. Check out our team page to find the
SFLA team member nearest you: highschool.studentsforlife.org/where-ourteam-is-located.

SFLA’s Thaddeus Stevens Leadership Fellowship

The Thaddeus Stevens Fellowship has been developed to raise the next generation of pro-life
leadership. The Fellowship trains high school student pro-life activists to be leaders at their schools
(and beyond) and helps network those student leaders with their counterparts in the national
pro-life movement to help further develop their skills. Simply put, the SFLA Stevens Leadership
Fellowship is the training you need for a future in the pro-life movement!

For more information on the
Thaddeus Stevens Fellowship, visit
highschool.studentsforlife.org/stevens-leadership-fellowship/.

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LEGAL RIGHTS
As the pro-life student movement has grown, discrimination by public school administrations has
become more frequent. Students trying to start a club or host events as an active club are constantly
being censored by their principals, teachers, and other school officials.
Bottom Line: If you attend a public school, your administration cannot censor you or place
higher standards on you in any way.
This includes:
Denying acceptance of your club on any grounds, including but not limited to:
• It’s too “offensive”
• It’s “religious”
• It will “disrupt the learning environment”
Forcing your group to be a committee in a religious or
conservative club, instead of its own independent club.
Making your club undergo more approval requirements than
other clubs.
Prohibiting your club to participate in the same activities as other clubs, including:
• Flyering
• Tabling
• Literature distribution
• Hosting speaker
• Fundraising
Restricting you from accessing student activities funds that are available to other student groups.

If you are facing any of the above
situations, or you suspect you are being
discriminated against, contact Students
for Life of America immediately at
legalhelp@studentsforlife.org.
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We have free legal counsel readily
available for students to ensure your first
amendment rights at your public school.

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LEGAL RIGHTS
If you think you are experiencing discrimination,
please follow the directions below:
Document Everything

• Keep logs of every conversation you have with your
school officials concerning your club. Include the date,
who was present, and the outcome of the meeting.
• Keep any emails sent to you from your administration
concerning your club.
• Keep a photocopy of all documents you turn into your
administration.
• After meeting with administrators, send a follow-up
email to confirm what was discussed and decided.

Always Attend Meetings with your
Administration in Pairs

Remember, if you are
experiencing
discrimination from your
public school officials, contact
Students for Life of America
immediately at
legalhelp@studentsforlife.org.

• You can take a fellow member or your adviser, but
always have at least two people representing your club
in every meeting.
• If you do not have someone to attend the meetings with
you, reschedule.
• One person should be taking notes in any meeting.

Ask for the Denial in Writing

• Whether it is for starting your club, hosting an event,
or flyering, have the administration give you their denial
in writing. This can be a letter or an email.You can send
them a letter or email asking for permission once again
and place a time constraint on the reply. For example:

Dear Mr. Smith,

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I have recently inquired about starting a Students for Life club at Jones High School. After some research, I believe
it is well within my first amendment rights to start and facilitate a pro-life club at our public school. Please reply in
writing to grant or deny our club’s ability to function as an official student group at Jones High School by August
1st at 3pm. If no reply is given by this date, it will be considered a denial.Thank you for your time.

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VISION & MISSION STATEMENTS
It is important that your club has vision and mission statements.Your potential, current, and
future members need to know exactly what your Students for Life group is all about! Your
vision and mission statements need to be written down and kept with your club documents.
Vision

The following questions can help you develop a vision:



What do we want to accomplish short term and long term?
Where do we want to be a year from now?
How do we want to impact our high school and community?
What kinds of activities are appropriate for our group?

Write a short paragraph explaining what you want the group to become and share it with your club. Use it as
a reference as you plan events and measure your success. Establishing a common vision is important so that
you can keep your group on track and everyone on the same page.You do not want your group to become
disillusioned because the group is not what members expected it to be.

Mission Statement

As you are planning your vision, write out a mission statement to give your group a steady focus. The mission
statement tells people how your group aims to achieve your vision.
Here is an example you can use:

“The mission of Jones High School Students for Life is to establish an active prolife culture among the youth of our community by educating our peers on life
and by actively promoting the right to life for all
persons (pre-born and born).”

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CONSTITUTION
Developing a constitution can be overwhelming. But don’t worry, we have a sample constitution your
group can adapt to make their own! Be sure to read through the whole document and make sure it
matches your group’s needs.

(Your School) Students for Life

Constitution of (Your School) Students for Life

(Date)

Article 1: Name

The name of this organization is (your club name).

Article 2: Mission

(Insert your mission statements here)
“The mission of Jones High School Students for Life is to establish an active pro-life culture among the youth of
our community by educating our peers on life and by actively promoting the right to life for all persons
(pre-born and born).”

Article 3: Members

Section 1 – (Your Group Name) is open to all (Your School) students, faculty and staff. No (Your School)
student, faculty, or staff, may be denied membership on the basis of race, sex, religion, ethnicity, national origin,
color, age, or disability.
Section 2 – To become members, one must request membership verbally or via e-mail to president,
vice-president, or other executive officer. Members must provide adequate contact information and attend (#)
meetings.
Section 3 – If official membership requirements specified in Section 2 cannot be fulfilled, a minimum of three
officers may consent to dismiss the requirement(s) for an individual to allow that individual official membership.

Article 4: Officers

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Section 1 – The officers will include a president, vice president… (List your officers here. See pages 11-12 for
examples of officer positions and descriptions).
Section 2 – Officers will hold office for one school year (August–May), starting and ending at 12:00 pm on the
last day of classes for the spring semester. For the first year of existence, officers will be appointed. No officer
should hold any position for more than two school years. However, they do have the option of running for
another office after their two years are over.
Section 3 – Roles of Officers: List officer positions and their main responsibilities.
Section 4 – The impeachment of any officer can only occur when two-thirds majority of official members are
present to vote for impeachment, or a unanimous vote is reached by officers. Officers must clearly state the
reasoning for impeachment and take a secret vote. Grounds for impeachment can include violence against
another member or other students, lying, inappropriate speech or actions, etc.
Section 5 – In addition to the officer positions, it is at the president’s discretion to appoint students to
committees to coordinate specific events or activities.
Section 6 - Officers who maintain or advocate points of view regarding abortion and other life issues and
practices that are contrary to (Name’s) mission and stated goals, will be removed from their office until the
bahavoior and or/unorthodox views are corrected. The voting memers are responsible for removing and
reinstating officers who pertain to this section. Removal and reinstatement require two-thirds majority vote of
the voting members.

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CONSTITUTION
Article 5: Elections

Section 1 – Elections of officers will take place at an election meeting to be held once a year during the
spring semester, at least one month before the last day of classes.
Section 2 – Any official member may be nominated for office or nominate oneself.
Section 3 – Members who are running for office must be nominated and accept their
nomination at the nomination meeting, which shall occur a minimum of one week prior to the election
meeting.
Section 4 – Officers must be elected by a simple majority via secret ballot. Only active members are
eligible to vote. Members must be present to vote.
Section 5 – Elections must be announced at least 2 weeks prior to them being held and advertised
through all official group commnuication channels.
Section 6 - If any officer decides to step down, nominations will be accepted at the next
meeting and a new officer will be elected one meeting later.
Section 7 – In the case of no persons to fill the role of president or vice-president, an interim will be
appointed by the previous president. The interim president will hold the position until the fall semester
and new elections can be held. The interim president will have no authority to hold the position after two
months of the new semester has passed and can be removed from their office at any point by the adviser
or executive board.

Article 6: Adviser

An adviser will serve at the request of the president for as long as he or she is willing. However, if the
group finds that the adviser is not in agreement with the vision and mission statement provided in the
constitution, the executive board may vote to request a new advisor and must win by a two-thirds majority.

Article 7: Meetings

Section 1 – The president must call a meeting at least once a month during the fall and spring semesters.
Any official member may call a meeting through the consent of the president and two officers.
Section 2 – The secretary (or other assigned officer) will pass around a sign-in sheet and will keep
minutes on the meeting.

Article 8: Independence

(Your Group Name) is not associated with any national, statewide, or local groups.

In order to amend the constitution, an amendment should be submitted to the president or at least two
officers. At the next meeting, the president, or the two officers, will announce the proposal and a vote will
take place by secret ballot. Two-thirds of the official group members must be present to vote and a majority
is necessary for approval.

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Article 9: Amendments

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LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
It is important that your group has a strong core group of leaders. This is known as your
executive board. The executive board consists of your main officers and committee
leaders. This will help keep your group structured and organized. As your group grows, you
can add positions to your core, but it is important that you have at least a president, vice
president, treasurer, and secretary. Below are some sample descriptions of what positions you
can have and what their responsibilities can be.
Executive Board

President
• Provides vision and direction, short-term and long-term
• Oversees all other officers and helps them carry out their duties
• Delegates tasks among officers and members
• Runs meetings
• Is the public face of the organization
• Ensures all tasks are completed - If someone else drops the ball, the president's job is to pick up
the slack.
• Sees that at least one officer meets individually with potential members
• Motivates other members
Vice President
• Assists the president in managing officers and members
• Fills in for president when needed
• Helps plan events
• Meets every new attendee at meetings
• Helps president develop ideas
• Manages committees
(Note: Some larger groups have two vice presidents who split duties and assist the president in managing the
group.)

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Treasurer
• Manages finances
• Coordinates fundraising by organizing events
• Tracks donors and writes thank you notes
• Develops budget and turns into Student Activities
• Solicits Student Activities’ Funds
• Pays bills
• Keeps track of all banking information

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LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
Secretary

Keeps minutes of meetings

Contacts and encourages inconsistent members

Sends updates to SFLA; we love to hear how you’re doing!

Backs up all picture and files in multiple places
Public Relations/Communications Coordinator

Makes life and abortion a topic of debate at the school

Takes pictures/videos of events

Manages social media accounts - Keeps track of all login information for social media, email

accounts, and websites

Handles media (local news, school newspaper, etc.)

Develops relationships with local, regional, and national pro-life organizations, along with
president

Partners with other pro-life friendly groups, advertises to them and through them

Faculty Adviser

The faculty adviser supports and directs the group. He or she will typically attend meetings, assist in
organization, mediate with administration, and participate in events. The faculty adviser can be the
mediator if a dispute arises between officers or members.

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INTEREST MEETING

Now that you have approval from your school, you
have drafted your constitution and mission
statement, and you’ve begun advertising for you club,
it’s time to have an interest meeting!

Be sure to choose a time and place that is convenient for as many students as possible. If you
can provide pizza or desserts, it will entice more students to attend. Make a flyer that is
simple and clear, stating the name of your club, the date, time, and location of the interest
meeting, your group contact information (create a group email account so you are not
advertising your personal information), and that will you will providing dinner or desserts!
Hang up your flyers with ample time for students to plan for it, preferrably about one week
in advance.
Create an agenda for yourself and the other leaders who will attend to keep the meeting
organized and running on time. (See below for a meeting agenda.)
Sample Meeting Agenda:
I.
Introduce yourself and other students who are helping start the club

a. Have each person say their name, grade, and why they are interested in the pro-life club.

b. Pass around a clipboard for everyone in attendance to sign in with their name, grade, email

address, and phone number. (SFLA has a sample sign in sheet on page 18.)
II.
Explain your vision for the club and what you would like to accomplish as a student group.

a. What events and activities would you like to do to accomplish this?

b. Ask for different event and campaign ideas from the group.
III.
Poll the students on the best time to meet and what interests them the most.

a. Make sure your official meeting time as a club is convenient for as many students as

possible. Take this time to ask the potential members when they would prefer to meet and

how often. (Twice per month is the suggested amount.)

b. Ask the students for their areas of interest. Do you have students that are more

interested in apologetics or pregnancy resources? Make a note of it so you can be sure

to include them when you host an event they would be interested in or give them

opportunities to lead new outreaches and projects.
Set aside some time for people to ask questions about the club.

V.

Set a date and time for your next meeting and decide on your first event. (See the pages 16 and 17
for suggested events for new clubs.)

VI.
Eat and socialize!

a. Make time to get to know the people who came! Play a game or have an ice breaker so that


students feel they have connected with each other.

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PLAN YOUR YEAR
One of the key aspects of a successful group is planning ahead! Before the school year,
or as your group is forming, sit down with your adviser and other club leaders to plan
your year. This is simply to create a structure and should be flexible. Ask your Regional
Coordinator for a Plan Your Year Guide to help!
How to Make a Plan
Use your SFLA Plan Your Year Guide or another calendar to mark the following dates:
• Freshman Orientation
• First day of class
• All major holidays, breaks, or school events (football games, homecoming, etc.)
• Exam week
• Last day of class

2.

Next, fill in all national pro-life events and campaigns, such as:
• Respect Life/LifeChain Sunday
• National Day of Silent Solidarity
When deciding on events, use your vision and
• Pro-Life Cupcake Day
mission statement to guide your discussion.
• Fall and Spring 40 Days for Life Campaign
What events can you do that will help you
• March for Life
accomplish your goal? This keeps your group
• Students for Life National Conference
focused and makes event planning easier.
• Students for Life Regional Leadership Summit
• Pro-Life T-shirt Day
If you want to host a speaker, show a pro-life
• National Pro-Life Chalk Day
movie, or find more ideas on exciting pro-life
• National Community Baby Shower Day
events, visit highschool.studentsforlife.org.
• National Adoption Day
• Elections

3.

Now that you have an idea of what your year will look like, propose a few meeting times. Do you
want to meet twice a month? What day of the week works best for the majority of members? What
time? Go ahead and mark your meeting times on your calendar so that everyone can plan ahead.

4.

Next, plan recruitment events for the beginning, middle, and end of the school year. Have a tabling
display or event specifically aimed at recruiting new members. Plan to attend club activities fairs for
incoming freshmen! (See pages 16-17 for information on how to recruit.)

5.



Most importantly, set goals for events. We recommend that your group has at least one event per
month. This can include a flyering campaign, a baby item drive or baby shower, a fetal
development display, etc. (See page 16- 17 for more event ideas.) Propose at least two days per
month for possible events and ask your members what best fits with their schedules. Solidify those
dates as soon as possible so the group can plan.

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BUDGETING & FUNDRAISING
Budgeting and fundraising can sound intimidating but can be very simple. Having a budget and
fundraising plan will ensure that there will be money to do important events throughout the
year.
Creating a Budget
The key to budgeting is to plan ahead. To help develop
your budget, consult your group calendar listing all the
events that your group is hosting or events your group
will be attending.You will need to project the cost of each
event (including supplies needed, food, gas, lodging, etc.)
Make sure that you anticipate events costing more than
you expect. It is possible that events will come up during
the year that you did not plan and your group will need
finances to participate. Check with other pro-life or active
groups in your area to get an idea of what they generally
spend per year on certain items.

Throughout the year, it is very important that you refer to
your budget before and after every event that you host.
During your first year, it may be difficult to project costs
correctly, but it is important to keep a record of
everything you spend. That way you will have a better idea
of how much you will need to plan for the following year.

Fundraising

Fundraising isn’t nearly as daunting as it seems and is a
key part to your work in abolishing abortion. Don’t worry,
you aren’t begging people for money.You are giving them
the opportunity to work alongside you in the greatest
human rights struggle our world has ever known.
Regardless of the type of fundraising you choose to do,
the most important thing you can do is understand and
appreciate your donors. For more information on how
to connect with potential donors, ask your SFLA regional
coordinator for help or request an SFLA Activism Kit.
Here are a few ways to fundraise:

Call former students and local
businesses – Contact former members and ask if
they are willing to help the group! Tell them how
the group is continuing to grow and impact your
school and ask them to come alongside your group.
You can also ask local businesses, especially those
who are family-run or religious. Contact them and
see if they are willing to help you financially or
donate food or office supplies to be used at your
meetings.
Hold a fundraising event – You can plan an
event specifically focused on raising money for your
group, such as bake sales, concerts, car
washes, etc. These events can also serve as an
advertisement for your group!
Partner with local pro-life organizations –
Ask local pro-life organizations to sponsor your
group or even co-host an event with you.
Remember, always promptly thank everyone who
gives you a donation! Ask for contact
information when collecting money so that you can
send them a personalized thank you card. Keep
donors up to date with what your group is
accomplishing and invite them to events, no matter how
big or small.
If you need help developing a fundraising plan, or want
more tips and advice, ask your SFLA Regional
Coordinator!

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Find Personal Contacts – Every member of your
group should start by collecting the names, phone
numbers, e-mail addresses and mailing addresses of family
and friends. Contact them to see if they would be willing
to help you save lives by investing in your pro-life group.

Contact Local Churches – Visit your local
churches and ask if they would like to partner with
you to educate your peers and save lives at your
school. Be sure to present them with clear goals
and contact information.You can also ask for a time
to take a special collection after a few services.

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EVENTS
As a new group, it is important to start engaging your school immediately. Don't wait! The
purpose of your club is to educate your peers and ultimately abolish abortion.You need to
be visible at your school from the get-go and start dialogues about abortion. When people
talk about abortion, we win!
Here are a few event ideas (listed in the order we recommend for new groups to
have them) that are simple and easy, and will help your group gain momentum:
Flyering Campaign

Post flyers around your school on a specific theme. For example, basic abortion statistics, fetal
development, or Planned Parenthood’s abortion business.Visit highschool.studentforlife.org/flyers for
pre-made, downloadable flyers you can use! Be sure to add your groups contact information at the bottom!

Host an Apologetics Training

Ask your Regional Coordinator or a local pro-life leader to come and teach your group dialoguing skills. It
is crucial that your members are comfortable talking to other students about abortion and that they feel
prepared to answer the hard questions.

“When Does Life Begin?” Display

Use a bulletin board, hang a large sheet of paper in a high traffic area of your hallway, or set up a display
during lunch. Draw a line representing fetal development and fill in descriptions of the baby’s growth in the
appropriate places. Have a member standing with the display between classes and during the lunch period.
Ask students to put a Post-it note by the stage where they think life begins. Based on their answer, your
members can start a dialogue about the humanity of the pre-born.You can request SFLA’s Fetal
Development Topic Cards to distribute at this event.

Prayer Vigil/Memorial Service at Local Abortion Facility

Pick a date and time that is convenient for the majority of your members. Drive to the nearest abortion
facility and spend a set amount of time in prayer or silent reflection. Be sure to use inclusive language and
help all your group members, regardless of their religious affliation, feel like they can participate. Download
our sample memorial service program at http://highschool.studentsforlife.org/how-to-organize-aprayer-vigil-at-an-abortion-clinic/

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EVENTS
Cupcakes and Trivia

Let's face it, everyone loves cupcakes! Set up a table during the lunch period and provide free
cupcakes to everyone who answers a question about abortion correctly. Be sure to have a sign-up
sheet and information about your club at the table as well.

Chalking

Ask your school for permission or find public sidewalks and write life-affirming messages on them!
This is a fun and creative way to get students active! Be sure to write contact information for your
local pregnancy center or post-abortive recovery counseling centers.

Volunteer at your Local Pregnancy Resource Center

Call your local Pregnancy Resource Center and ask if you can bring a group of students by for a
volunteer day. This can include yard work, office duties, or babysitting!

For more advanced groups, host events
like a Cemetery of the
Innocents, movie night, baby shower,
diaper drive, and a day of silence!
Be sure to attend your local SFLA
Regional Leadership Summit and
the National Students for Life
Conference! For more information on
our National Conference, visit
sflalive.org

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First Name

Last Name
Phone Number

SIGN UP/ATTENDANCE SHEET
Email Address

School Year

LEADERSHIP TRANSITIONS
Successful leadership transtitions are crucial to your group’s long term ability to impact
your school. You are building a movement and a legacy that will last long after you
graduate. The key is to start early! Be on the look-out for upcoming leaders from day one.
Finding Future Leaders

Once an officer knows he or she will be transitioning or graduating, they should begin to plan for a
replacement. The transitioning officer should identify the potential leaders and begin working with them
throughout the year in order for the transition to happen well. The transitioning officer should be training
the new potential leaders for an extended amount of time before the transitioning officer has finished his
or her time, in order to see that the new leadership is confident and ready to assume the leadership role.

Delegate Tasks

As a leader, you must know the importance and value of delegating tasks. Delegation take a great deal of
trust and time up front, but in the long run, you will have members who have input and buy-in because of
the trust you have placed in them through delegation. This not only builds up the clubs membership, but
you will also have more committed members (See page 20).

Elections

Elections should take place in the spring semester. At the end of the fall semester, announce the
election date and give a brief description of each position that will need to be filled. Invite members to
begin thinking about a position for which they may want to run, and highlight the value the current officer
and the position has brought to the club. Most clubs work best by electing certain positions and allowing
the executive board to appoint the rest of the positions.Your club can decide what works best for your
group. The president should be elected first, and then the other roles. This way if someone runs for
president and is not elected, he or she is not prevented from seeking another position.

Candidates

In the spring semester, current officers should focus on encouraging their replacements to take on more
responsibilities and begin thinking about taking over a leadership role. Current officers should help
potential officers realize their capacity to make an impact and nominations should be taken a week before
the election.

Transition

Celebrate

Find time as a club to celebrate the new officers and thank the ones who are graduating or moving out of
a position. This is a fun time to socialize as a group and get to know members better.

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The new officers should receive their official responsibilites on the last day of classes, but begin to
transition them into the role before the end of the school year. A transition time allows for new officers
to learn and slowly take over the role from the current officers, which helps make a smooth transition.

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RETAINING MEMBERS
Retention is a crucial part of your group’s success. Not only do you want to create
an active group at your school, you want your pro-life club to last!
Build Relationships

The most important factor to retaining members is developing relationships. Core team
members should develop personal relationships with other group members so that each
member feels welcomed and valued. By getting to know each person, the officers will be able to
identify individual passions and strengths. These relationships will build community, and they will
help bolster a positive attitude among your members.

Have Socials

When a person gives her time and helps the club succeed, she deserves
recognition. Building a bond between club members will increase their committment to the
group. Be sure to thank members and to get to know them on a more personal
level. One good way to do this is to have socials! Assign someone within the club to host and
plan the event and use that time to get to know your group members.You can play games or
make ice cream sundaes! But remember, this is not a time for business. Keep the social
focused on celebrating your members and having fun! Leave the event planning and
strategizing for a meeting. Socials should take place at least twice a semester.

Delegate

Another good way to keep members involved is to delegate responsibility. When members have
responsibility, they take ownership of the group and become more invested. Delegation requires
leaders to come prepared to the meeting with an idea of what needs to be accomplished. Assign
tasks to members according to their gifts and areas of interest. For example, if a student is good
at math, ask her to help the treasurer with the budget! One common mistake when delegating
is trying to delegate to anyone willing. The better technique is to use the personal relationships
developed to assign tasks to the appropriate individual with the ability to get the job done.

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Your goal is to develop future leaders and activists
by having individuals invest increasingly greater
amounts of their time into something of which they will
eventually take partial ownership. Once they begin
to feel responsible, members will become more
committed to your group’s success. If your
club can develop the right culture and events
to retain and develop members, it will always be
growing and achieving greater success.

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STUDENT TESTIMONIES
You did it! Congratulations on starting a new club! Be sure to contact your
Regional Coordinator and tell us your success story! We love hearing how you
are impacting your high school.
Here are a few testimonies from high school students, just like you!
Sam B. - Conneticut

“Learning how to better plan my year, coordinate members of my group, and how to be a better
apologist and activist has helped me in all aspects of my pro-life activism. I learned much from other
students, and have a great support community to refer to if I need advice or help on my group’s
activism.”

Gabriel V. - Ohio

“Students for Life of America has taught me so much and pushed me to always live to bring about a
culture of life at my high school, in my community, and in my city.”

Kaitlynn W. - Arizona

“Students for Life of America has helped me get a realistic glimpse into the movement which I hope
to eventually work in and it has given me the training, knowledge, and connections I need to really be
able to make a difference in my community.”

Adam G. - Alabama

“My SFLA Regional Coordinator has been by my side through my walk with starting my group. She
has helped me a lot!”

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We are so excited to embark on this journney with
you to abolish abortion! You and your high school
group are a part of the pro-life generation and will
play a key role in abolishing abortion in our nation.
Never give up! Stand strong in the face of adversity
and you will change your school culture, and
ultimately bring a culture of life to America.
Let’s do it!

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Students for Life of America
OFFERS
FREE TRAINING to your high school group!
WE CAN TRAIN YOUR GROUP IN ANY OF
THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:
Pro-Life Activism
Apologetics: Dialoguing about Abortion
Developing Your Leaders
Embracing the Controversy of Abortion
How to Talk about Abstinence
Fundraising for your Group
Recruiting and Retaining Members
Planning Your Year
Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Business

AND MORE!
Email us at info@studentsforlife.org or contact your Regional
Coordinator to request a FREE training from SFLA!

Check out

these awesome FREE publications
from Human Life Alliance!
HLA publications are great for students to learn about important life issues and will
equip you to share what you learn with others. Use them at school, youth groups,
churches and pro-life events. Place them on lunchroom tables, hand them out at
bus stops, distribute them in your neighborhood!

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To see all of HLA’s publictions
and request copies, visit us at

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