School’s out for summer. Extreme poverty isn’t.
One of the most challenging tasks for ONE Campus chapters across the country is organizational sustainability, or simply, how in the world do you keep your globally conscious comrades engaged in the fight against extreme poverty while school isn’t in session?
Instead of ditching your advocacy efforts for sun tan lotion, here are some ways to sustain your ONE Campus chapter over the summer—even if you’re not on campus.
1. Encourage your e-board
One of the most important aspects of organizational sustainability is developing meaningful, lasting relationships. If your ONE Campus chapter elected an e-board last semester, use the summer to cultivate those relationships by planning a Google hangout session, Skype call, and staying in touch through social media.
Do your new e-board members have questions or concerns about taking on a leadership role in a student organization? Take advantage of the summer down-time by facilitating an opportunity for old e-board members to mentor their successors. E-board members can also jump start recruitment efforts by reaching out to students who expressed interest at the end of last year.
2. Keep in touch with ONE HQ!
Hoping to build or strengthen your ONE chapter next semester? Have questions or need ideas for the fall? Use this time to get to know the ONE Campus staff, and let them know what you need so they can help you prepare to tackle global poverty for another year.
They can send you ONE swag, inform you about our on-campus internship opportunities, write letters of recommendation, or assist with anything else that your chapter needs over the summer. You can stay connected to HQ on Facebook, Twitter, or by emailing us.
Working as a group to evaluate your ONE chapter’s successes and challenges from last year is an essential part of pre-OCC launch planning, and summer is the perfect time to do it. Keep your members engaged during the summer months by taking some time to evaluate and reflect as a chapter or e-board on the strengths and weaknesses of your team. Then use your findings to help you set measurable goals for next semester.
Be sure to listen to and ask for the input of both your e-board and your general members—and get creative with your results! Did your chapter struggle with consistently reporting points for your awesome advocacy actions? Consider creating an e-board position dedicated solely to keeping up with data collection and reporting points.
4. Pay attention to deadlines!
While we’d all prefer to swap out deadlines for tan lines during the warmer months, keeping up with institutional requirements for student organizations is an important part of sustaining your ONE Campus chapter over the summer.
Take a few minutes to go over the requirements that your university has set for student organizations (signing up for convocation picnics, submitting a new constitution, etc.) and do what you need to do so that your chapter remains in good standing with your university.