Club Activities

Bake Sale

Overview
Bake sales are an easy way to fundraise within your school or community. They involve buying or making food and desserts to sell. Remember to ask permission to be sure it is okay to bring in the food you are going to sell.

How?
Work with your school’s administration to work out a time, date and location for your bake sale. If this is part of your club, provide a sign-up sheet at the club meeting to have people bring desserts for the bake sale or to help sell, setup and/or clean up the food. If you are raising money, be sure to identify what you are raising the funds for. You can raise money for a domestic violence center or for your club’s future activities. Advertise your bake sale around your school and community.

 

Poetry Reading 

Overview
A poetry reading can be a great way to raise awareness on the issue of your choice. In a poetry reading, people can read aloud poems written by themselves, by famous authors or other poems that you find that relate to the issue you are looking to raise awareness about.

How? First, you will need to decide on a date and time for your event and secure a location for this poetry reading

Depending on how many people you think will attend, you could have it at school, in a park or at a community center. Allow opportunities for students to sign up to read a poem. You could come up with a list of potential poems to give to people to perform or have people write poetry themselves. If you choose, you can have a judging panel and choose a winner. You may provide a prize for the winner or hold a raffle at the event.

Resources

www.project-nia.org/event_poetry-circle.html

www.fortsamhoustonmwr.com/vsm/pages/189/bin/Poetry-stand.speak.listen.pdf

www.turiyaautry.com/iweb/site/poems.html

www.youngwomensactionteam.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id49&Itemid=91

 

Benefit Concert

Overview
Benefit concerts are another great way to both raise awareness and fundraise at the same time. A successful benefit concert includes not only a focus on teen dating violence, but also on music.

How?
To organize a benefit concert, the first thing you should do is find a location to hold the event and brainstorm possible bands that may be willing to play. Once you have options, pick your location and a day and time that is convenient for your audience. Talk to the people working at the venue about their policies regarding insurance or police needed for the event. Book your musical performances. Decide whether you will offer this for free or if you will collect donations. Advertise the event around your school and community.

Resources

http://www.standnow.org/files/How_to_Organize_a_Concert.pdf

 

Sell Bracelets

Overview
Bracelets, when well designed, can be a good way to continually spread a message and can raise funds for your cause. You can make them a certain color to match a theme, put words on them, etc.

How?
To sell bracelets, you have to figure out how many bracelets you want and how much they are going to cost. You must then decide whether you want to order the bracelets or to make them yourself. If you decide to make them by hand, ask your friends or club members to help you. Most likely you will want to get permission from your school and find a time and date to sell the bracelets. Be sure to advertise!

 

Clothesline

Overview
Clothesline projects traditionally involve t-shirts with artwork on the theme of violence displayed on a clothesline. The clothesline is an artistic display of how people are affected by violence. People can design their own t-shirts to tell their story or show support for teen dating violence awareness.

How?
In a clothesline project, you would provide t-shirts, paint or decorating supplies and a clothesline to hang them on. This is usually done in a place where other people will walk by and see them.

Resources

The Clothesline Project’s Website- http://www.clotheslineproject.org/index.htm

 

Hold an Assembly

Overview
Assemblies are a great way to reach many students at once and typically involve a guest speaker to educate students at your school.

How?
Research potential speakers, possibly from your local certified domestic violence center. When you have found someone you would like to present on the topic, express your interest to them. Find out details about price and what potential dates the speaker is available. Talk to your school’s administration about holding an assembly. If you need help working with the administration, a teacher, advisor or sponsor can help you. Once you get the administration’s approval, confirm a time with your speaker and organize the assembly. If the assembly is during school hours, make sure that people will be able to attend. You may need assistance from an adult to help ensure that teachers are aware and allow their students to attend.

Resources You can find a speaker by contacting your local domestic violence cgency. Here is a list by county

 

Awareness Days

Overview
There are a multitude of ways that you can organize an awareness day; however, the basic purpose is to dedicate a day to raising awareness about teen dating violence. On an awareness day, you can ask students to wear a certain color, provide ribbons, make cut-out hands, sell cookies with a message or anything else you can think of. The possibilities are endless.

How?
There is no formula for creating an effective awareness day. Use your creativity to come up with ways to educate your peers on the dangers of abusive relationships and how we can all work to prevent dating violence.

 

Support Policy Changes

Overview
Getting involved with the legislature is a great way to change some of the institutional problems you see occurring in your school, community or city.

How?
In your club, a great way to support policy change is to get everyone to send a letter to your senator/representative. The more people you get to send the letter, the bigger the impact. You can also pre-write letters and give people copies to sign.

 

Art Show

Overview
Art is a great way for people to express themselves and make a statement. An art show can educate other students on the issue and also helps artists gain a better understanding of teen dating violence.

How?
In holding an art show, you should think about potential locations; this could include a school library, hallway, community center or wherever you can effectively display the art and express your message. Work with your school administration or whoever may be in charge of the space you plan on using. If you are holding this event with your club, your club advisor can help with the administration. Once your space is secured, talk to an art teacher to see if they would be willing to contribute to the art show. Advertise around the school/community and open up submissions. Make flyers, posters or announcements to encourage art submissions. Then showcase the art. You may want to provide refreshments for visitors or spark up conversations about the artwork.

Resources

http://www.dosomething.org/actnow/actionguide/organize-art-show

 

 

Film Festival

Overview
Film festivals are a great way to spread awareness about your topic in a creative way. A film festival also encourages people to think about the topic. It can be a great way to get people involved and showcase the work of your peers.

How?
You can organize a film festival by first coming up with a plan of what you want to do. Put into consideration a venue, how long you want your films to be, who is eligible to enter and when you would like the event to occur. Once you have a pretty good idea of what you are going to do, approach a school administrator if the festival will occur at your school or contact the manager at the venue of your choice. As this is occurring, open up submissions for entries if you are having students make the films. You could offer a prize for the winner of the film contest as an incentive for entries. Before the event, consider fundraising methods. Do you want to sell food? Take donations? Charge admission? Also, do not forget to advertise your event around your school. You have an opportunity to reach people and you want to make sure that everyone interested knows about the event

 

Movie Showing

Overview
Showing a movie can be a successful way to spread awareness and fundraise while keeping your audience entertained.

How?
When planning a movie showing, it is important to come up with a plan of what you want to do. Think about possible venues and movies. Possible venues could include a school auditorium or a local theater. Talk to your school’s administration about possibilities if you want it to be held at your school or contact owners of a local movie venue. Make sure that you have a date in mind for the event before you start planning. Once you have everything set, pick a movie and make sure that your venue is able to play it. See the list of potential movies. Ask yourself: Do you want to sell food and use the money to donate? Or do you want to offer food and suggest donations? Are you going to sell tickets? Closer to the event, you should start posting flyers and advertising for your event.

Potential Movies

What a Girl Wants

Killing Us Softly 3

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes

I am a Man: Black Masculinity in America

Girls Moving Beyond Myth

Visit www.mediaed.org for more information on videos

Silence Speaks

See www.silencespeaks.org and www.storycenter.org

 

Ribbons

Overview
Using ribbons to get your message across is an effective way to show how students are united for a cause.

How?
  Provide or sell ribbons to students or members of your community, and dedicate a special day or week to wearing them. Along with the ribbons, you can provide activities and educational materials while they are being worn, to further educate fellow teens. 

 

Forming a Peer Support Group

Overview Peer groups are often effective in educating teens on the dangers of abusive relationships in an environment where everyone is comfortable. Peer groups usually involve a small group of students with a teen facilitator and/or an adult facilitator, learning about and discussing healthy relationships and abusive ones.

How? If you are in a club, get members to participate and set a date. If you are not in a club, you will need to get approval from your school to hold a peer group. Ask a trusted adult to support you and help you to find a location and a time to hold a peer group. Next you may want to think about who your audience will be for this. This is usually a smaller group of 15 people or less. You can post flyers around your school to gain interest and invite others to join.

 

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