Quick Start Guide: How to Launch a Not In Our School Campaign
A Quick Start Guide
- Create a positive, welcoming tone
- Find out why each student joined the group
- Get students excited about taking action and recruiting others
The meeting is a kick-off and the mission and purpose needs to be defined and articulated. From there, it is important to make a plan for the year. Many NIOS clubs identify leadership roles or elect officers. Meetings need to be welcoming, and fun snacks help, too.
Each club responds to the needs of its particular school and community. Survey the staff and students or go to each class to gather input. Suggestions on how to gather information to assess the school issues can be found on pages 3 and 4.
At meetings, have the students watch NIOS films to get a sense of the whole array of activities that other schools have done. Identify NIOS films that address the needs of your school. Based on the results of your needs assessment, have students brainstorm activities for the NIOS Club Plan. Here are just a few ideas from the 50 NIOS short films at the Not In Our School website.
- Sign a school pledge
- Lead an assembly
- Create an online Kindness Campaign
- Learn about problem-solving
It is important that your club has ground rules. The topics of NIOS are at once deeply personal and at times controversial. About NIOS on the NIOS website has more suggestions for ground rules and facilitating conversations. Always support students in learning positive communication and conflict resolution skills.
Whether your club has representatives from other clubs or not, it is always important to coordinate with other clubs on campus. Sometimes a NIOS club has merged with another club to maximize impact. In one school, the Cyberbullying club and the NIOS club were separate one year and merged the next.