Resident Advisors are under a lot of pressure to provide support and advice to their residents. Even with hours of training, finding the right answers and resources may be hard when faced with a challenging dilemma. Let’s lend a helping hand to your RAs!
Resident Advisor Kits will be a huge help for your RAs! These RA Kits will help RAs provide real answers to students faced with an unplanned pregnancy, coping with an abortion, or parenting in college.
Here’s what your group needs to do to assemble RA Kits for your campus.
Why RA Kits?
The purpose of SFLA’s Pregnant on Campus Initiative RA Kits is to equip RAs with information and resources on how to counsel women in crisis pregnancies, provide information on policies and resources to inform student residents, and to provide quality programming to RAs to present to their residents.
Through these RA Kits, we hope to instill a passion and a respect for Life within the residence halls by means of those who lead on a daily basis. Some of the many resources available in these kits include: pro-life information for RAs; fully created “hall programs” and materials; and resources/handouts to be given to pregnant and parenting students. The resources and programs cover topics such as abortion procedures, healthy relationship advice, stages of fetal development, adoption resources, and tips for how to handle pregnancy—before and after the choice for life.
Make Your Own Resident Advisor Kit
For your Kit, you will need to collect the following materials. You can easily organize the materials in a folder or 3-ring binder.
- Write an RA Kit Letter that explains the Kit and its resources.
- Include your pro-life group’s contact information and provide a list of available resources (e.g. peer-to-peer support, campus resource guide, pregnancy resource center referral, babysitting services, scholarships, etc) and a flyer for your school’s page on this website.
- Print a selection of the pregnant and parenting students’ rights documents, such as:
- Download and print the RA Guide for Crisis Pregnancies.
- Download and print the Pregnant on Campus Resident Advisor programs to your Kit. Edit these RA Programs to customize them to your unique campus. Add facts about your school and local resources. Create group activities that play off of campus traditions. Don’t forget to include information about your student group!
- Print outreach flyers for your RA to post around their dorm. Samples can be found here.
- Add materials from your local pregnancy resources center(s), adoption agencies, post-abortive healing programs, parent support groups, etc, such as business cards, brochures, flyers and pregnancy tests.
- Add educational materials to offer answers to questions on abortion, adoption, pregnancy, and parenting. Recommended materials are listed here. Order materials from their respective organizations, or contact your SFLA Regional Coordinator or by contacting the Pregnant on Campus Coordinator.
Customize Your Kit
Your pro-life group’s RA Kit is unique to your campus. Make sure that you include your group materials– such as a group business card or flyer– to identify this Kit as your work. Here are other ways that you can customize your Kit:
- Add your group’s Pregnant and Parenting Resource Guide. This guide will provide RAs with the information that they need to direct students to pregnancy and parenting resources.
- Create a quick, easy brochure with contact information for your health office, your pro-life student group, and local pregnancy resource centers. Include a step-by-step guide for who to contact in cases of pregnancy options, abortion recovery, or parenting needs. Remember to list your school’s campus resources page on PregnantOnCampus.org!
- Include a list of local pro-life doctors. Find pro-life doctors here.
- Add information about local federally qualified health centers where students can receive low cost healthcare. Find your local FQHCs here: HRSA Data Warehouse or www.GetYourCare.org.
- Create a referrals list for helpful organizations and resources, like Pregnant on Campus (National Resources) or The Pregnant Scholar (Title IX information).