What do you want to accomplish?
Do you want to raise awareness in your school? Raise money to help prevent domestic violence and abusive relationships? The first step is to make a decision about what you want to accomplish. Establishing a main goal or purpose will help to focus and guide you through the process. Your main goal should be broad but also specific enough so that others can understand the purpose. An example could be to educate your school, to provide support in your community or whatever you are interested in.Here are some things that may help you figure out what you want to accomplish. Try to focus on one goal to start with; as you build momentum you can broaden your focus to include additional goals.
Educate others Provide information and support
Volunteer Help to change policies
How are you going to make it happen?
Once you have an idea of what your purpose is: start to think about the process you need to go through to accomplish your goal. There are so many options and ways you can choose to get involved. This toolkit provides a list of ideas for you to get involved and a guideline of how to get started.
Start new or join in?
To achieve the goal or purpose that you have created, you do not have to start a program or club from scratch. For example, there could be an already existing club that would be willing to take on an idea or project. It is important to review all your options before making a decision.
Starting your own club can be a lot of work but there are benefits. For example, you have the opportunity to get creative and make your own unique project. The Youth Advisory Board interviewed students who were successful at creating their own clubs and those students spoke about the huge impact and success that they had with their individual projects in their communities. Those students also felt that they needed to create their own program because there were no other programs like it in their community. They saw a need in their community and decided that they could help.
Integrating your idea or program into another club may be faster and easier to accomplish. By integrating into an existing club, you already have an established support system and like-minded people to help. However, you may need to adjust your plans according to the group’s rules, regulations and members.
Always evaluate your options to see which way would work best for you to accomplish your goal!