When I first became president of our humble chapter, I made a single goal for our group: We will be leaders on the campus of Texas Tech University. We might not be the biggest group, or the group raising thousands of dollars for charity, but we will be respected and noted.
As the semesters pass us by, we are hitting checkpoints on our goal, but still have many ahead of us. An idea that my chapter been fortunate enough to capitalize on is hosting events — not meetings, not rinky-dink pizza parties with Little Caesar's pizza and Sam’s Club cola.
In the last two semesters my YAL group has hosted two debates, both have advanced our goal and helped us grow in many ways. Between the two events, we had over 150 people attend and fostered relationships with the Young Conservatives of Texas and the Tech Student Democrats, the two most politically active groups on campus. Do not forget that as you share many ideas and create friendships with other political groups, it will serve you well in the future.
If you are looking for a challenge as a group, I cannot recommend hosting an event, such as a debate, enough. I hope my notes, thoughts, and general rambling can serve as guide for you should you go down this path.
In our first try, we organized a debate solely based on the drug war. You must center the debate around a topic anyone can