Grow Your Chapter with Outside Help
Aug 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM
When Steve Heidenreich and I started the University of Washington-Seattle YAL chapter back in 2008, we, in full disclosure, had no idea what we were doing.
There was no national network of YAL chapters, there was no leadership team, and there were only two of us on our campus. We relied heavily on the guidance of our Leadership Institute Field Rep, Jeffrey, who held our hands through the process of becoming a student group, initial recruiting and our first event. In the following years, after our group continued to grow, we turned to subsequent field reps for help and ideas.
This fall, there are a number of organizations sending out field representatives and campus liaisons. Whether you are a fledgling chapter or an established campus organization, networking with these individuals is a beneficial way to grow your network.
Young Americans for Liberty
This should be a no-brainer, but if you haven't yet done so, get in touch with your local state chair and Regional Director. For a full list, click here.
Every year, LI sends out field representatives across the country to help start new conservative/libertarian student groups. They can help you with recruitment, provide a fresh perspective and get you tapped into the organization's training programs. The Field Reps travel during the Autumn semester/quarter, but LI also has Regional Field Coordinators who work year-round to help you. To find the contact for your area, click here. LI's Tony Listi explains how these resources can help you and your YAL chapter.
Students for Liberty
SFL recently deployed over 80 campus coordinators across the nation tasked with starting new pro-liberty groups, connecting existing groups with resources and growing the network. They are also helping with regional conferences this fall. Click here to see the campus coordinator(s) for your state.
Other organizations with field representatives to check out:
- National Rifle Association
- Your local state policy organization
- Americans for Prosperity (visit your state's page)
- Students for Life
For more on how to network with other organizations to grow your YAL chapter, check out the YAL Chapter Building Guide in the Resources section.