Starting Your Own Club – A Crash Course.

Is there something that you’re really passionate about, but there is no club in school for it? Make one! This year a friend of mine and I founded a club at our school to raise money to help those affected by the genocide in Darfur. If you have something you wish there was a club for in your school, here’s some steps in starting off:

Step 1: Find other students who are interested. 

Many schools have a minimum requirement of people before they will let you make an official club. Ask around your school to see who is interested. Make a group or an event on Facebook to see what kind of interest there is in your school. I know that when we started our club, we didn’t know such a large number of girls would be interested in joining! Find a group of people, and maybe form your executive board. This will show your administration that you’re serious about this club.

Step 2: Find a Faculty Advisor.

This was easy for us, because my history teacher is very actively involved in different efforts to end the genocide in Darfur. Find a faculty member that is willing to help you organize the group and hold meetings. Also, make sure this is a faculty member that you get along well with, because there will have to be a lot of contact and collaboration with them. Once you’ve found your faculty advisor, you can go to the administration.

Step 3: Get your Club Approved.

I can’t say too much about this, because every school has a different procedure in approving new activities and clubs.  Do what ever is necessary to get your club approved, and set up a date for your first meeting.

Step 4: Advertise.

Put something on the morning announcements, make signs to hang in the hallways, make an event on Facebook, tell all of your friends! Get the word out about your new club so that you’ll have a good number of people come out for it.

Creating a club and being in charge is a lot of fun, but it’s a big thing to take on. Make sure you’ve got the organization skills and support from others, and you’ll make it happen!

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