The start of a new school year is a chance to start fresh, to break new ground, and to make big leaps forward, especially as a club. Whether you’re a leader or just a member among other members, you likely spend a good amount of time thinking about ways to make your conservative club better and more effective both on campus and in recruiting but also in the community. I’ve seen a lot of events come and go in my time, some to more success than others. In light of the new year, here are three programming ideas to kick-start your conservative club this fall and keep you rolling through the end of the semester.

Voter registration drive campaign with the opposing party

Some of the most successful recruiting I’ve seen on campus, and the kind of event that makes the most impact in the long-run, is voter registration drives done by conservative and liberal groups together. It shows you aren’t just about fighting each other. Not only do you make friends across the aisle while you volunteer, you also get people registered to vote! This is a great event to do at the beginning of the fall semester. It’s great for freshmen who are new to campus and haven’t registered to vote yet. You can also have some information available about upcoming political events on campus nearby, but the focus of this event should be showing camaraderie and simply getting your names and faces out there.

Literacy book drive for pro-life pregnancy centers

Sure, it’s trendy to picket outside Planned Parenthood and arrange graveyards of the unborn, but what are you and your pro-life conservative club really doing for young mothers? Something I’ve only seen once, but would love to see replicated is a book drive for pro-life pregnancy centers. Compile donated children’s books to give to mothers who may feel really overwhelmed by the thought of parenting and are looking for as much help as they can get. You can also organize an information drop for the same center about national or local organizations that arrange for “books from birth.” For example, in DC, the public library in partnership with the Dolly Parton fund organizes a “books from birth” campaign where for the first 5 years of a child’s life they receive an age-appropriate book mailed to them each month. Show where your heart is. Make a difference not only in a mother’s life but in a child’s life as well.

Bring a campus speaker who escaped socialism

Sure, there are a million and one campus speakers who would love to come and talk to you about how to “own the libs” and elect Trump in 2020, but some of the most successful speakers no campuses these days are the people talking about their own lived experiences. If your campus has a ton of socialists walking around, claiming it’s great, bring it someone who escaped socialism somewhere around the world. Have them share about what they saw, how they suffered, and why they had to get out. You may actually change some minds.

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member