High School Chapter Organizing Toolkit

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Intro to Basebuilding

Intended Audience:  High School youth chapter members or smaller chapter leadership core. 

For new or emerging High School youth chapters.

Level of difficulty:  Introductory

Curriculum (1 hour each, divided into two 30 min sessions - lunch, or afterschool):

  • To discuss the importance of basebuilding for movement building.
  • To practice our elevator speech on who we are.
  • To discuss strategies and challenges for recruitment.
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Intro to Grassroots Fundraising

Intended Audience:  High School youth chapter members or smaller chapter leadership core. 

For new or emerging High School youth chapters.

Level of difficulty:  Introductory

Curriculum (1 hour each, divided into two 30 min sessions - lunch, or afterschool):

  • To understand the importance of grassroots fundraising in movement building
  • To analyze who gives in the U.S.
  • To develop our skills as grassroots fundraisers
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Intro to Leadership Development

Intended Audience:  High School youth chapter members or smaller chapter leadership core. 

For new or emerging High School youth chapters.

Level of difficulty:  Introductory

Curriculum (1 hour each, divided into two 30 min sessions - lunch, or afterschool):

·      To discuss the importance of relationship building in recruitment and retention of members.

·      To practice one on ones as a recruitment and leadership development tool.

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Intro to Public Speaking and Facilitation

Intended Audience:  High School youth chapter members or smaller chapter leadership core. 

For new or emerging High School youth chapters.

Level of difficulty:  Introductory

Curriculum (1 hour each, divided into two 30 min sessions - lunch, or afterschool):

  • To develop confidence in public speaking.
  • To explore and understand the role of a facilitator.
  • To review facilitation tips to run effective meetings.
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Intro to Action Research

Intended Audience:  High School youth chapter members or smaller chapter leadership core. 

For new or emerging High School youth chapters.

Level of difficulty:  Introductory

Curriculum (1 hour each, divided into two 30 min sessions - lunch, or afterschool):

·      To introduce participants to the concept of action research.

·      To understand the power of information in an organizing campaign.

·      To familiarize participants with 3 tools for community research

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Intro to Campaigns Part I (Campaign Steps)

Intended Audience:  High School youth chapter members or smaller chapter leadership core. 

For new or emerging High School youth chapters.

Level of difficulty:  Introductory

Curriculum (1 hour each, divided into two 30 min sessions - lunch, or afterschool):

Goals:

  • To introduce participants to steps of a campaign.
  • To introduce participants to community mapping as a tool for identifying campaign issues.
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Intro to Campaigns Part II (Strategy)

Intended Audience:  High School youth chapter members or smaller chapter leadership core. 

For new or emerging High School youth chapters.

Level of difficulty:  Introductory

Curriculum (1 hour each, divided into two 30 min sessions - lunch, or afterschool):

Goals:

  • To introduce participants to key organizing strategy concepts and definitions.
  • To have participants begin to develop a basic strategy by identifying different elements for their campaign.
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Intro to Campaigns Part III (Tactics and Alliances)

Intended Audience:  High School youth chapter members or smaller chapter leadership core. 

For new or emerging High School youth chapters.

Level of difficulty:  Introductory

Curriculum (1 hour each, divided into two 30 min sessions - lunch, or afterschool):

  • To deepen participant’s knowledge of direct action tactics.
  • To understand to the role of alliances in organizing work and movement building.
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Mission and Vision

Intended Audience:  High School youth chapter members or smaller chapter leadership core. 

For new or emerging High School youth chapters.

Level of difficulty:  Introductory

Curriculum (1 hour each, divided into two 30 min sessions - lunch, or afterschool):

  • To introduce members to your mission, vision and principles
  • To make connections with our personal struggles and our organizing work.
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Intro to Organizing

Intended Audience:  High School youth chapter members or smaller chapter leadership core. 

For new or emerging High School youth chapters.

Level of difficulty:  Introductory

Curriculum (1 hour each, divided into two 30 min sessions - lunch, or afterschool):

·      To define organizing

·      To examine the differences between organizing, service and advocacy

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