Recruiting For Your Group

By David Cordaro, Upper Midwest Regional Coordinator (IA & IL)

Located just a ten-minute walk from the University of Alabama, the West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa is the largest abortion facility in the state. They commit about 70 abortions per week out of their misleadingly wholesome-looking façade amongst real medical offices.

Georgia Gallagher is the President of Bama Students for Life, a group with over 200 members on their email list and recently described as one of the most “tight-knit” groups on campus.  Bama Students for Life shifted the focus of their group this semester to making abortion in Tuscaloosa obsolete, hitting hard on our Industry Impact pillar. The students set up a table every other week in their student center to both educate the student population on pro-life issues as well as recruit new members. A typical display includes a tri-fold with the bi-weekly theme, a contact sheet, and numerous SFLA drop cards. They host the table from 10:00am to 3:00pm, hitting the late morning and lunch traffic. They always have at least two students present, with no more than five.

Rather than continue with this basic tabling routine indefinitely, Georgia decided to get intentional with their work and collect hard data each time they were out tabling. She wanted to find the most effective way of recruiting through tabling, as well as determine which method students most preferred. Her group recorded how many names were received at the end of the day and what percentage of those students attended their meeting the following week.

During the weeks that followed, they collected names and emails using the following methods: laptop with Excel spreadsheet, iPad with Google Form, and the classic paper and pen method. Regardless of the sign-up type, they followed up with the students or faculty within 24 hours. The group even had pre-set messages ready for those who identified as pro-life and those who identified as pro-choice.

Keeping the tabling time and the response emails a constant, Georgia and her group found that the iPad method was the most effective way of both collecting the most contacts and having the highest turnout at the following meeting. At their highest, they collected 18 contacts in one day, and had six of them show up to the meeting the following week- a fantastic 33%!

Because of bi-weekly tabling, using iPad technology, and always following-up within 24 hours, their group has grown to a typical meeting attendance of about 20 people each week. While tangible data from the West Alabama Women’s Center won’t be revealed until they release their annual report, we don’t yet know the impact this has made on local abortion rates. But we do know the group on campus is growing, with more and more individuals are lighting the candle and igniting the flame for life and growing the movement one person at a time.

Read Georgia’s Full Paper Here

2017 East Coast Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year

Through the Pregnant on Campus Initiative, Students for Life of America asks student leaders, like you, to engage your group in advocating for pregnant and parenting students on your campus. However, this Initiative must be engaged in as more than one student group effort on campus. We want you to unite your community in support of your parenting peers, and we strongly encourage collaboration between school offices and other student organizations. That is exactly what the Pregnancy and Parenting Initiative at Clarion University (PPRI) has accomplished! PPRI has brought together their whole community—students and administration—to create unique, effective solutions for the pregnant and parenting students.

Thanks to their persistent and courageous efforts, PPRI has been able to…

Moreover, this group has been proactive in responding to the needs of individual pregnant and parenting students on campus. When the group learned of 2 parenting students who needed lactation space, student leader Liz McNitt and the school’s Title IX Coordinator found an empty office space. Seeing that this need would be important for future parenting students, they opened a designated lactation room in the next semester. When a student was struggling to find and afford a babysitter, the group paired her with another member to exchange babysitting help.

When asked why she believes that the Pregnancy and Parenting Resources Initiative is important resource on campus, Tyana, a student parent at Clarion University, shared:

“I think this club is important because it helps parents like me to not feel alone. Being a mom in college is really hard sometimes, and it’s nice to talk to other moms that are going through the same thing. It’s also a great resource. When I have questions or need help with anything, I know who to go to.”

We are proud to award the 2017 East Coast Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year Award to Clarion University’s Pregnancy and Parenting Resources Initiative.

Check out PPRI’s campus resources webpage here!

Watch Liz McNitt’s presentation on our “Helping Moms Be Heroes” panel:


This post was contributed by Beth Rahal, Pregnant on Campus Director.

Be the Revolution

Be the RevolutionAs an active pro-life student group, you have the ability to educate your peers about abortion and about the resources available to them to make a life-affirming decision. With your participation in the Pregnant on Campus Initiative, you may become one of the few student advocates on campus offering tangible resources for pregnant and parenting students. Your group may even be the only ones challenging your campus to change policies, provide resources, and support pregnant and parenting students in their journey to achieve a college degree.

There are endless opportunities available for you to organize projects- simple and advanced– to transform your campus. However, it is up to you to be the driving force behind change. Real change doesn’t happen by sitting behind a table with a sign that says- “Students for Life.” Real change happens when you actively challenge your campus and your community to provide the resources and support that a young woman needs to embrace her new motherhood and continue her college education.

Here is what Kristan Hawkins has to say about being the revolution on your campus:

Are you ready to BE THE REVOLUTION? Join the Pregnant on Campus Initiative. Contact Beth at bomalley@studentsforlife.org for more information.