YAL has developed an engaging and fun new way to talk foreign policy on campus.
Below are some tips on how to host #BringThemHome, get ahead by applying for free resources here.
- Reach out to YAL’s Leadership Team for support: YAL’s Leadership Team is your number-one tool for success. Find a YAL leader near you who can help you execute your activism event. Your Regional Director and the State Chairs in your area are your best resource for learning how to organize an effective activism event. If either position has not yet been filled, learn more and apply to join the Leadership Team here.
- Apply for resources: YAL is offering FREE resources and recommendations to every participating YAL chapter:
To help you get attention and maximize your impact on campus, YAL is offering brand new resources for your Bring Them Home event. YAL’s Bring Them Home Kit is packed with materials including…
- Military check point signs for your recruitment station
- An interactive Conflict Spin Wheel that students will spin to land on a country to learn more about America’s involvement there
- Camouflage bandanas to wear while recruiting
- Bring Them Home signs
- Bring Them Home palm cards for you to use to illustrate the cycle of intervention
- Bring Them Home stickers
- Newly updated YAL pocket Constitutions
- Books, magazines, and pamphlets
- Sidewalk chalk, sign-up sheets with clipboards and custom YAL pens
- Make Liberty Win Buttons
- Bottle openers, and other swag for your members
- And much more! The box is packed!
3. Always recruit for liberty: With every activism event you do, you should recruit new members. We’re including several copies of YAL’s Bring Them Home sign-up sheets for you to sign up interested students. When your event is over, add your new sign ups to your chapter page and submit your sign ups to your Regional Director.
4. Make your plans: Meet up with your chapter members and plan the dates and details for your activism event. Take some time to brainstorm and put your ideas on paper. After a productive meeting, you should walk away with a clear and executable plan with specific tasks assigned to your members.
Ask yourselves some basic questions: What do you want to do? Who is going to do what? When are you going to do it? How much preparation time is needed? When are you going to meet again to prepare?
For each Bring Them Home event, there are two major components:
- An on-campus recruitment exercise, including a visual display and interactive activity, to recruit new members and promote your upcoming Bring Them Home educational meeting.
- A large chapter meeting to educate all attendees and discuss noninterventionist foreign policy. This could be tuning into a YAL National Facebook Livestream, hosting your own speaker, using YAL’s Bring Them Home PowerPoint presentation, playing a game of YAL’s Bring Them Home Jeopardy, viewing a documentary on foreign policy, or even hosting a guided discussion.
Reserve a high-traffic area to table on campus once you have picked your dates for execution. As a recognized student organization, it should be as simple as contacting your student affairs office and jumping through the necessary hoops to receive permission to table.
If your YAL chapter is not yet officially recognized by your university and it won’t let you reserve tabling space, don’t fear. Get creative, and always remember that the table doesn’t get recruits: you do. Just using a clipboard works just as well.
If your campus gives you any trouble and tries to relegate your activism to a “free speech zone,” please contact us so we can help you defeat these unconstitutional regulations.
Reserve a classroom for your livestream viewing, follow-up discussion, or other Bring Them Home themed event.
Pro tip: Always reserve rooms that are only big enough to accommodate 75% of the amount of people you expect to show up. It is better for everyone to think that your event ended up having standing room only when you host it in a smaller room rather than think that hardly anyone showed up when you host it in a large auditorium.
We strongly suggest that you walk through the room before the event, so you understand how the equipment works and how to set up the room properly.
Always keep in mind the three most important goals for any activism project:
- Recruit new members
- Educate your classmates
- Earn media attention
Now that you’ve finished preparing for your event, go to step two: Execution!