For many YAL chapters, now is probably one of the toughest times to recruit new members.
The period directly following a national election seem to always be the hardest and most challenging times to attract new activists. Students everywhere are stuck between the left-right paradigm, hoping that their "lesser of two evils" vote will amount to the change they want to see.
Others are so burnt out of hearing about how the "other guy" is destroying their liberties and freedom they so cherish that politics are the last thing on their mind.
And, of course, students who spent all Fall blowing off their grades in some form or fashion now need to focus on the Spring semester so they can graduate or pull their grades up.
I say, "Never fear!"
As dismal as your recruitment may be, there is still hope for this semester. I have a few tips for keeping the fire going on your campus, and getting more members, and current members more involved!
1. Keep tabling. When you think you have nothing to table about, table anyway! Make up an excuse to get a few students together so you can hold discussions with anybody who passes by. Your Spring should be filled with tons of activism events, but don't be afraid to change it up. Any presence on campus is better than none, and with YAL's three Spring activism projects, you have lots of good options to build that presence.
2. Hold socials. Here at Stephen F. Austin State University, we have weekly meetings, and weekly socials as a part of those meetings. Liberty on the Rocks is a great thing to consider as supplementation to your recruitment and socials. Inviting prospective members to meetings is a great way to get people involved, but can sometimes be very intimidating to those who may be on the fence.
Liberty on the Rocks is a great casual way to bring new people out and hold great discussions about liberty over a few drinks (although I don't condone underage drinking). You don't need to be of drinking age either; I am currently 20, and have started a chapter here in Nacogdoches. If your campus doesn't allow drinking, like ours, make it a community event. That also helps in getting professors and local liberty-minded folks out.