During a jam-packed weekend, the Slippery Rock Young Americans for Liberty have started the next stage of their leadership transition using Joshua Parrish’s advice in his post, Passing the Liberty Torch. Having elected the members who will lead YAL @ Slippery Rock in the 2012-2013 school year, it was time to begin training and coaching them on how to effectively take over.
The new leadership team has slowly been given more responsibilities and taking on new tasks, such as running meetings, planning and executing events, and maintaining the weekly newsletter.
Youth Leadership School was an opportunity to take our leadership transition to the next step. Seven members from Slippery Rock attended the weekend-long campaign boot camp in Pittsburgh, PA. The training included tips on tabling, event planning, running a youth campaign and much, much more.
Josh Parrish states in his blog, “Develop a community within your group—a place where people interact with each other on a personal level which extends beyond a shared philosophy. This can build an incredibly solid foundation for sustainability within your YAL chapter.”
YAL @ Slippery Rock listened to Josh’s advice and used this weekend as an opportunity to build a solid foundation for Slippery Rock’s future leadership.
The Youth Leadership School is not only a great opportunity to train new leadership on the ins and outs of running a chapter, YLS is also a chance for new leadership to bond and get excited for the upcoming semester. Best of all, it was all FREE thanks to generous LI donors; you can’t beat this deal! For next to nothing you can met and network with liberty lovers, learn effective and proven strategies of winning elections, and you get a certificate for taking the course!
In addition to Youth Leadership School, Jamie McKibbin from Students for Liberty organized a Liberty Forum for all Western PA liberty organizations. After Saturday’s YLS training, we went straight into the forum which lasted well over an hour. Each organization was encouraged to share their best practices and also their struggles. We also discussed the different ways of running meetings, from book clubs (discuss the principles of a free society) to idea sessions (brainstorm exercise to generate activism ideas).
Additionally, we talked about the most effective ways of retaining new members by avoiding the appearance of being exclusive and cliquish and organizing socials often to allow members the opportunity to get to know each other.
Overall we met many new people and aquired new contacts. It was a great experience for grauating members and future leadership. I highley reccomend all chapters to attend the school and take advantage of the free training oppurtunites LI offers.