Start a Student Group

Unable to find the resources necessary for you to be academically successful at your community college? Start a student group to advocate for the supports you and other parenting students need to earn a degree, and create a community for parenting students with peer support at your institution. Learn from the websites below how to recruit members, create action plans, fundraise, plan events, develop outreach, and more. Go to your community college's website to find out how to start a student group at your institution. Also, check out the Staff and Faculty areas of this site for ideas on what resources and supports to include in your advocacy plans like transparent policies, family-friendly spaces and events, ample and accessible lactation rooms, awareness and enforcement of Title IX rights, and more.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Get tips about logistics, activism, marketing and recruitment, fundraising, and engaging members from AAUW's Student Organization Leader Tool Kit to start your own student group.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Attend the ACLU's Advanced Advocacy Program and learn about campus organizing, coalition building, community and power mapping, and public speaking. Scholarships are available for students with financial need.

Community Tool Box

The Community Tool Box is designed to provide help to individuals who want to take action and organize in their community. Toolkits include information on creating action plans, influencing policy development, and social marketing.

Feminist Campus

Use the Feminist Campus' Campus Organizing Guide as an example of how to get faculty and staff support, govern your group, plan events, fundraise and more.

Project Mobilize

Read Project Mobilize's Guidebook to learn their 10 step process to creating a movement, including advice on starting your own advocacy group.

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