Young Americans for Liberty is an organization focused on education, but it's also dedicated to training the activists of tomorrow. While activism for liberty is a relatively new concept in Montana, our YAL chapter at Montana State University has learned by trial and error what works and what doesn't.
Here’s what we learned not to do with our Generation of War event this spring:
Start planning too late: We started planning our GOW event in February. However, our vision for the event required much more coordination that a few months would allow, and the speaker we had lined up fell through at the last minute.
I’m not saying you should lower the vision for your group’s events. I’m saying that if you are going to shoot for the stars, realize it may take several light years to get there, and plan accordingly. Our group has decided from now on to make a list of prioritized events at the beginning of each school year, so that we can start preparing right away.
However, spontaneous events can work too, like our Stand With Rand Rally earlier this year (check out this article on us). Just make sure events that are planned quickly are simple enough to pull off, and leave adequate time to put together the more intricate ones.