How to start a christian club at your high school

How to start a christian club at your high school

Simple tips to help you shine your light every day.

Standing out for being a Christian at school isn't always easy. But there are a few simple things we can do that will help others see that Jesus is the most important thing in our lives. Do you have more ideas? Leave a comment at the end of the article.

1. Join a Christian club

Find ways to connect with fellow Christians at school for the sake of accountability, and more importantly fellowship!

Create or join a Bible study, plan Christ-centered events, go witnessing, and seriously consider opportunities through church or outside organizations for missions trips.

Christian clubs can be a safe space to talk about your faith, and get help with your struggles. So be open to checking out a Christian club, or find other ways to connect with fellow Christians at your school.

2. Service projects: GET INVOLVED!

Be open to different service opportunities to help your own small community or even the WORLD. Try out different clubs or just different service projects. Whether it's raising money to send to a nonprofit organization, tutoring elementary school kids, knitting for cancer patients, or buying fair trade projects to promote economic healing, make an effort to serve others in a variety of different ways. Talk to your friends that are not saved about what you are doing and ask for their help or support.

The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' (Matthew 25:40)

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:35)

3. Be a REAL, practical and active example of a Christian

To err is human, to forgive divine. (Alexander Pope)

Self-harm, drug or alcohol abuse, sex (outside of marriage), and bullying are all frighteningly prevalent in culture today. There are a lot of hurting people, who need to know they are loved and shown they are important.

We need people to see that Christians are not just committed to a set of rules, but bound to the everlasting love and abundant grace of our Savior Jesus Christ.

A practical way to do this is to volunteer to pray for others. It may seem scary, but honestly, lots of non-Christian people really like prayer. Another way to do this is to own your mistakes and practice what you preach.

4. Always have a Bible on hand

The Bible says to be ready in season and out of season. So along with ‘praying unceasingly’ throughout the day, it may do you a great deal of help to have the GOOD BOOK on hand at all times. With the rise of technology this has become increasingly simple, with the creation of numerous Bible and devotional applications for SmartPhones, laptops and tablets; as well as travel-sized Bibles, and Bible reference websites.

If you find an appropriate way to bring the Bible into a conversation, then take advantage of it! Get your Bible out & let people know what God has to say about life.

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

5. START conversations and BE OPEN to conversations

Make sure to be open to conversations about your personal and spiritual life, when it feels safe of course. If you attend church every Sunday, make sure to mention it when people ask you about your weekend.

If someone has a question or makes a statement about spirituality and it resonates with you, talk to them about it. Be inquisitive and actually listen, but also be discerning. When you have an interested friend invite them to church, and then ask what they thought of the service. Do not hound them to re-visit, but periodically invite them to various church-related events.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

How to start a christian club at your high school

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Extracurricular activities play a key role on your college applications. They are evidence of your ability to manage your time well, they can demonstrate your prolonged dedication to a cause, and they provide a platform for highlighting your leadership skills. It is not uncommon for extracurriculars to be a determining factor in college admissions decisions.

In addition, extracurriculars undoubtedly contribute to your personal and academic growth. They force you to stretch your mind, and sometimes your body, by thinking and working in ways that aren’t always required in the classroom. They also allow you to explore potential career paths and areas of interest without committing to an academic line of study.

Sometimes, though, a student will find that his or her passions aren’t represented by the traditional or existing extracurricular offerings. Participation is easy if you’re on a sports team or a member of a school club. But what if your interests take a different form?

What if, for example, you’re a film fanatic and you’d rather rush home after school to dissect the latest from M. Night Shyamalan than sit through another meeting with your school’s photography club? Where can you find a niche for your interests that allows them to grow through collaboration? How can you make it clear that you didn’t spend your entire high school career locked in your bedroom in front of the TV?

Starting a film club is a great way to show some initiative, collaborate with others, and explore your interests. Not only that, but it shows that you’re serious about studying film as an art form rather than just as a screen time addict.

In this post, we’ll outline how to start a film club, from your initial brainstorming all the way through everyday functions of the club. If you’re interested in starting your own film club in high school, keep reading to learn how.

Choose What Kind of Film Club to Start

Film is a broad topic, so you will need to fine-tune your subject matter before you can move forward. Think about what kinds of films interest you most and the discussions you enjoy having about them. Do you like almost any big screen feature film, or are you more into alternative or festival releases? Your club could center on just about anything, from entertainment and general film studies to more specific political or social documentaries.

In order to select a focus for your club, you should consider more than just your own personal preferences. You’ll need members for your club too, so you might begin by taking an informal poll of potentially interested members. Get an idea of what other students would like from a film club before you choose the focus. This way you can be certain that your club is accommodating as many interested students as possible.

Some options for your film club’s focus could be: foreign films, documentaries focused on specific issues, collections from featured actors or directors, specific genres, or even specific settings. Sometimes, you can even select a series of films with similar story structures, such as the hero’s journey. Selecting a focus for your film club is the first step to establishing it as a serious, thoughtful endeavor and not just an excuse to watch TV.

Research Your School’s Requirements for School Clubs

Most schools have stringent guidelines regarding how a new school club must be formed. There is usually an application process and a set timeline for completing it. Often, the idea for a new club must be proposed in the winter or spring so that it can be implemented the following fall. Leave plenty of time to figure out what your school’s specific guidelines dictate.

Also remember that a club doesn’t necessarily have to be a school-sanctioned one in order to exist. Yes, school clubs may seem more official on a college application, but you can start any club you want, at any time, if you do so outside of your school. You could potentially host the club through the library or a local teen center. These options may be viable even if you run into obstacles forming a formal club through your school.

Find an Adviser

If you’re forming your club through your school, you will almost certainly be required to have a faculty adviser, and even if your club isn’t through your school, you can still benefit from the insight and guidance of a mentor or adviser.

Ideally, your club’s adviser will be someone with whom you’ve worked closely in the past and who knows you well. Further, this person should have some sort of expertise, or at the very least a shared interest, in the films you plan to watch and discuss.

When you approach a teacher or mentor to ask if they’d be willing to be an adviser for your film club, you should already have a pretty good idea of what the club will be doing. Outline the club’s focus and specifically the commitment you’re looking for from an adviser. There’s a big difference between an adviser who is expected to lead discussions on a weekly basis and one who is simply the required faculty signature for checking out the movie projector.

Your adviser will also be able to lend insight and expertise to the application process if you are pursuing a formal school club. Even if you aren’t, an adviser will likely have valuable advice about forming the club and day-to-day club activities.

Starting a Christian school is a process that usually takes about 6 months to a year. It can be a relatively painless process, especially if there is a collective effort involving fellow parents, community leaders and a church body. There will likely be some hurdles, but you and your team can probably clear them and establish your school with the proper planning.

Form a planning committee. Include fellow parents, church members and community leaders. A planning committee should be formed at least 6 months to a year before you plan to open your school. Make it your goal to find a common vision for the school. This includes drafting a mission statement such as: “To provide students with a strong academic education coupled with biblical principles so they may live their lives according to the principles taught by the Lord, Jesus Christ.”

Create committees within your planning committee. Your planning committee or educational board will operate more efficiently if it is separated into special committees. These may include a fiscal committee, an enrollment committee, a marketing team or a legal team. Each committee should be chaired.

Choose a name. Make this a collective process. Ask for suggestions and have your committee vote to come up with a name that includes elements of the school’s affiliation and location, such as “Steubenville Baptist Elementary School.”

Create a strong business plan. This will be extremely important, especially in obtaining financing. If you plan to solicit donations from members of your church, they should see a copy of your business plan. Draft a solid budget, enrollment projections, staffing solutions and a marketing plan.

Choose your grade levels. Start with a single grade, such as kindergarten, with the goal of adding successive grades in coming years. Staying small will allow you to focus on teaching your students. It will also help determine how much capital you need to raise. However, if you have the resources, leadership and calling, you may start with more.

Raise capital. Although you may not need a fortune to start your school, you must have enough money to buy books, pay staff and obtain classroom space. Call on your church leaders, such as pastors and elders, for financial assistance in getting the school off the ground. Ask church members for donations. These may include money, vehicles, furniture, computers–even real estate. Some churches have trust funds left by deceased members for specific church needs. Also, apply for grants. All levels of government typically have money set aside to meet specific educational needs. Grants also are available through the U.S. Department of Education–even for private, faith-based schools. Your church’s national headquarters may also give you money to start your school.

Find a location. Ask your church leaders to use extra space or Sunday school rooms as a temporary home. They might require rent; then again, they might allow you to use the space free if your school is officially affiliated with the church. If your church cannot be used as a site, contact a commercial real estate agent to help you find a building large enough to accommodate your needs.

Incorporate and apply to the IRS for a 501 (c) (3) tax status. File incorporation paperwork with your state’s secretary of state office. Contact an attorney to help you with this step. If an attorney is not on your planning committee, recruit one. To avoid paying a significant amount of federal income tax, your school must be registered with the IRS as a nonprofit, educational, tax-exempt organization, or a 501 (c) (3). Becoming an educational nonprofit often involves showing the IRS your business plan and your financial information. Contact a CPA to ensure you do this correctly. It is also wise to have a CPA on your planning committee.

Hire key personnel. Hire or appoint a principal and business manager. These people will help hire teachers and other personnel. Search for candidates from all areas of the country. Search for people who are looking for an opportunity to build something from the ground up.

Get accredited. To be recognized as a legitimate school, your institution must meet specific educational guidelines and be registered with your state’s education department. Accreditation requirements vary from state to state. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education will direct you to the specific guidelines in your area.

Decide on tuition. You won’t be able to charge what the parents in your area cannot afford. Contact other Christian schools in the area and gather as much information as you can about their tuition tiers. This will give you an idea of what your market is capable of supporting.

Find teachers. Contact Christian colleges and universities that train and certify teachers. Allow their placement representatives and counselors to visit your school. If your budget does not allow you to hire full-time teachers at first, recruit volunteers. Retired Christian teachers often wish to stay busy and are willing to give their time. Work with what you have at first.

Recruit students. Nonprofit organizations often get significant discounts on advertising rates. Many newspapers also offer free classified listings. Advertise within the Christian community first. Run print ads in area church bulletins and newsletters and distribute fliers near your church and school. Buying spots on Christian radio and television will help get your school’s name out to the community. After you’ve reached the people of your faith, branch out to the secular community. Email, fax and personally deliver news releases to news editors regularly. Having a website is also a good way for parents and students to become acquainted with your school.

A group of friends and I are planning to start a programming club at our high school, and we have a teacher who's interested in being the advisor. We have yet to pitch it to the principal yet, however.

I have some experience making websites/apps so I would be the leader of the club; do you know any materials I could use or just some advice on what direction the club would take?

So far all I know is that it would be a place for people to meet other people who like to program, as well as mentor people who are new (the latter would be the primary function, I think).

Edit: I actually don't know if we will teach people I guess we will just teach someone if they're interested in joining.

I was the president of the web club in my high school and in the beginning the biggest problem that we had was not having goals. We tried reading books and writing code together but it always felt like work.

That changed when we decided to take initiative and remake the school's website ourselves. It was a fun project where everybody had a part to play and in the end we had a real, useful result, since the administrators like our new design enough that they switched the school's website to it.

My recommendation to set yourself up for success is to have a plan. Come up with a project you can all work on together such as a website, a game, or a mobile app. It will make people excited to come and it's actually great team experience to put on a college application.

Thanks, I think we will work on some website or app that our school can use, but it would have to be simple since everyone else has almost no experience..

arrange for the club to take trips to hackathons

Try like hell to get a girl to join. The boys will follow.

I don't like your reasoning, but I do think it's a good idea to try everything to include at least one girl – because hopefully more girls will consider to join if there's already a girl

"A programming club" is too weak a definition. You must clarify what do you want to do. Introduce people to programming? That's fine, plan basic teaching course using your preferred language (I'd suggest Python, there are great courses ready in teh internetz). Unite guys who already know something about coding? That's fine too, but if you define it too broad (like, I dunno, something in line with 'come around anybody who knows coding'), this thing isn't going to fly. Organize subdivisions. My bet would be (1) web development (HTML5/CSS + JavaScript + some server-side tech like RoR or ASP.NET), (2) mobile development (basics of iOS/Android/WP development, probably using HTML5), (3) game development for (3a) mobile (see (2)) or (3b) desktop (using some free engine like Unity). (possible (3c) games for consoles is too complicated for a high school club). I'd advice against choosing one direction and sticking with it, though, choose a general direction and just let it grow for a while. You'll see what is interesting for most people and what isn't, push gently in that direction(s).

Work out a practical scenario that you could create a program for. Make it a fun scenario to keep it interesting.

It all depends on where you want to start. Do you want to go through the very basics of how a computer program operates? Or do you imply some principle knowledge and get into modern techniques like OO?

How old are the people you're going to teach and whats their background?

Eh, I mean we are just going to teach who ever wants to join but has no experience -so, high school age (14-18).

One idea that comes to mind (if you are all relative beginners) would be to suggest a new small project each week. Spend that session talking over design ideas and rough work etc, then you all take your notes and create your interpretation of what you discussed for the next week(like an agile sprint..sort of). You could then compare and contrast each others work (peer review & feedback), try and break each others project as users might (integration testing) then go from there. Maybe you would want to try and create a 'super' project containing the good bits from all the projects. Maybe you save it all and start a different project for the next week.

One thing I would suggest is, that as the club leader, you create a source control repo for each of these mini projects, and save each of the projects within that repo. This would be a useful tool to look back on and see what you have learnt from each project (retrospective). I would imagine the repo would be created something like 'Week 1 – 14/11/2014' as the top level, then a folder for each person who submitted work, then in each folder put their full project structure/code, and commit the lot.

The youth generation is becoming more and more eco-friendly, and that’s a great thing. In many high schools, junior highs and even middle schools, environmental clubs for students already exist. But if you (or a teenager in your life) are at a school that doesn’t have an environmental club, then it’s a perfect opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills (and all important points for college applications) by starting an environmental club. But how do you do that? And what should your environmental club kick things off with? We’ve got advice (of course!).

Step One: It All Begins with a Staff Sponsor

To get any club started in pretty much any school, you’ll need a teacher, administrator or staff member who’s willing to operate as your club or organization’s sponsor. Your first mission will be to find that all important staff member. Begin by approaching teachers whom you know have an interest in the topic matter. Science teachers, of course, are an obvious pick. But you may know an English teacher who’s adamant about recycling or who has “Save the Planet” posters up on his or her wall. Talk to them about wanting to start an environmental club and ask them to sponsor it. Don’t take it personally if your first pick has to decline. Remember, teachers are incredibly busy and many of them are already sponsoring activities. If you don’t get a yes on your first pick, ask the teacher who he or she thinks would be a good pick.

Step Two: What’s Your Mission?

The next thing is to really define what your club’s mission is. You need to do this even before you recruit members to your club because you’ll want to clearly be able to tell your members what the club will do. Is the mission of your club just to raise awareness and educate other students about the environment and the planet? Is it to improve eco-friendly and green practices in your own school? Is it to go out into the community and educate the public or fundraise for other environmental groups? Decide what it is that you’re really trying to accomplish with your club. Then make a list of five to ten activities that your club could do to achieve this mission. Why? Because just like you want to tell other potential club members what the goal of the club is, you also want to tell them what they can expect to be doing in the club. You should also decide how many times per month or how frequently your club will meet.

Remember That Environmental Means Social, Too!

You don’t need to limit your “environmental” club to just trees and carbon emissions! The word environmental means anything that impacts the planet. Don’t be afraid to include world social issues like clean water, hunger and human rights in your mission and activities. After all, the planet is a complex creature that includes all of its inhabitants.

Step Three: Make Sure You’ve Filled Out Any Paperwork

Your club advisor should know the rules about any paperwork or forms that your school requires for the official start of a club. But if they’re not sure, take the time to go to your principal or other administrator and make sure that you didn’t miss any steps!

Step Four: Get Recruiting!

How do you recruit members? There are so many ways, and some of them depend on what your school has available. Of course, signs in the hallway and cafeteria are a great first step. The most obvious is way is to recruit your friends, since we’ll assume that they have similar interests to you (though don’t forget that a club is a great way to meet new people outside of your normal circle of friends). Does your school do morning announcements or a morning news show? Ask to be mentioned or featured. Ask teachers who teach science or other subjects related to environmentalism to mention your club in class. Use social media to do outreach.

A good idea is to make the first event that you recruit members to a “fun” event where they can learn more about the club. Make it a food and drink (just not soda pop!) event where you can explain to them what the club is, how often it meets and what activities they’ll be doing. Also use this event to get ideas about what activities your potential members would want to do.

Elect Officers and Set Yearly Goals

After your first meeting, get a working list of everybody who’s joining the club. Then you’ll need to set a meeting to elect officers. Once you’ve got your club officers, sit down and lay out what you want to accomplish that year. Cooking oil recycling for the cafeteria? An information booth on Earth Day? Sending club members to a conference on environmental issues? Plan out as much as you can – because you’ll also need to know how much things will cost.

Get Ready to Fund Raise!

There’s no way to avoid it – every school club needs to fundraise. Even if your only goal is to get recycling bins into the school, you’ll need money for gas to transport them. Figure out how much money you’ll need to meet your goals (your advisor can help you with this) and then figure out how to raise that money. Maybe you want to sell candy bars. Maybe you want to sell singing telegrams on Valentine’s Day. Maybe you just want to stand outside of environmentally conscious stores and ask for donations if permitted. Whether it’s as fun as planting trees or not, the reality is that every club needs money to make its functions successful.

Now you’ve got the club, the officers, the goals and a plan for the money to pay for those goals. It’s time to just make it all happen! Make sure that you’re having monthly (at least) meetings to keep everybody on track and respond to issues as they arise. Also make sure that you’re communicating with people in the club regularly via email or a dedicated social media page. But, most importantly, get out there and start making a difference for the future.

Have an idea that we missed about how to start an environmental club at your high school? Tell us about it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

If so, then you might want to consider starting an IDEA Club Chapter at your high school or university!

First off, let’s address a commonly asked question:

The answer? “NO! Definitely not!”

The important qualifications for starting an IDEA Club chapter include:

1) Having a genuine desire to start an IDEA Club to promote awareness of the scientific evidence supporting intelligent design.
2) Having an interest in intelligent design and origins issues, and a willingness to learn more.
3) Having a desire and commitment to using these issues to educate and outreach to your fellow students, campus, or community.
4) IDEA Club leaders must advocate the scientific theory of intelligent design in the fields of biology and physics/cosmology.
Note: There are no requirements regarding the religious beliefs of IDEA Club leaders or founders. (Indeed, there are currently IDEA Club leaders who are not Christians.)

It is definitely not necessary to “be an expert” to start and run a successful a club. It is helpful to be familiar with the basics of intelligent design theory, but if you’re not, that’s where the IDEA Center hopes to step in and help educate you so you can in turn educate others. Wherever you feel like you might need help–whether its science, leadership skills, or practical tips for running the club–that’s where the IDEA Center wants to step in an help you. We try to help give any club founder all the tools they might need to start and run a successful club and help promote a better understanding of the origins issue at their schools. If you are interested, but hesitant because you think you lack what is needed–give us an e-mail! We want to help you!

There are 7 easy steps involved with starting an IDEA Club Chapter, from what happens right now to when you have your club’s first meeting:

Step 2: Contact us!
Feel free to e-mail us at [email protected] to inquire about starting a club and / or ask answer any questions you might have about IDEA Clubs. We’re here to help you and answer any of your questions.

After you start a club, we will send you an IDEA Club Leadership Manual which contains everything you would need to know about how to start and run a successful IDEA Club.

Step 3: Fill out an IDEA Club Founder Application / Information Form:
If you decide you want to start a club, we will send you an IDEA Club Founder Application / Information Form. Simply send it back to us, and we will immediately let you know when you are approved to start a club.

Typically, schools require that student organizations have a constitution, a core-group of officers, that they abide by campus community rules, and sometimes require a faculty advisor. Contact your school’s administration today and find out what is necessary to start a student club! Please note that IDEA Clubs are usually best catagorized as educational, scientific, or academic, as the purpose of the club is to foster education and intellectual discussion over these issues.

Step 5: Find some friends to help.
The next step is finding a few friends to help you with the club. While it is possible to run a club by yourself, it helps to have others to give not only practical hands-on help, but also advice, feedback, and the occasional encouraging word. While one person can assume the primary responsibililty for running the club, a core group of 2-4 people is probably necessary to make any IDEA Club successful. This core group can form your “leadership team.”

Step 7: Start the Club, Prepare and Publicize!
The final thing to do is to do what is necessary to officially start the club at your school. Once you have done that, you can get ready to have some meetings!

Take some time to decide what your club will do during its first semester. It is helpful if the leadership team can come up with a gameplan–a calendar of events or weekly topics for discussion. While all the planning doesn’t have to be done before the club first forms, it helps to have at least a basic idea of what sorts of topics you will cover, activities you will do, and speakers you will host before the you get started. The IDEA Club Leadership Manual has many tips and ideas about how to plan to have a successful club.

To have meetings, you will also need to reserve meeting rooms: Most schools allow student groups to use classrooms or meeting rooms for their gatherings. A small meeting room or classroom which holds 20 to 40 people is ideal for an IDEA Club meeting. Find out how to reserve these rooms, and reserve a few for your first meetings!

Finally, it is time to start publicizing the club. The IDEA Center provides all IDEA Club Chapters with 2′ x 4′ high quality vinyl “IDEA Club sign.” The rest is up to you: with just a little effort, create a few posters, flyers, and put them up in classrooms, quads, eating areas, dorms, or other common places around campus. Here is where it is great to have a few friends to help–with good help, putting up a few flyers around campus requires very little effort.

If your school has a campus newspaper, or student e-mail announcement list, try to get an article or advertisement.

Are you interested? You can do it!
If you are interested in starting an IDEA Club, it’s easy and you can do it. IDEA Center staff are here to help you get your club started at every step of the way. Furthermore, once your club forms, we want to help by providing materials and resources through which you can run a successful club. In closing, here’s a quick review of the steps involved in starting an IDEA Club:

1. Have an interest and agreement with IDEA’s misson statement.
2. Contact us to request an IDEA Club Leadership Manual and IDEA Club Founder Application.
3. Fill out an IDEA Club Founder Application / Information Form.
4. Talk to your school about how to start club on your campus.
5. Find a some of friends to help you.
6. Receive the Startup Packet and Sign the charter.
7. Start the club, plan some meetings, and publicize your club!

Starting a club at your local high school should not be any of the follow: a free leadership position, to brag about how you started a club, or simply to look good on your college resume. When you actually have that impetus to start something at your school, it should really be sparked by something along the lines of the following: something that a group of people you may know would like to experience together, an activity that you love that hasn’t yet been founded yet, or doing something after school that you think would benefit the community.
A goal is very important for yourself on what you plan to do with this club, the next step is to create an “internal” map or plan inside your head of what you aim to do. For example, plan out in your head on who to speak to for help or to get certain resources, or think of potential activities that you could direct in your future club.
Once you’ve planned out your mental roadmap, you next have to actually do the things you planned for. If the first step of creating a club at your school is to talk to the administration, make an appointment early on in the year or as soon as possible to talk to the administration to get approval; be sure to speak loudly/confidently to get success. Furthermore, in most schools, there is an adviser for the club – make sure you find a suitable teacher to help lead your club with you. There also may be some paperwork you must fill out before actually establishing your club, so be sure to get that all done in a timely manner.
Once you’ve gotten the legal workload done, plan a reasonable calendar/agenda for your club. For example, if you are starting a debate club, make each weekly/bi-weekly meeting filled with speech drills and research sessions on debate topics. A drama club may have activities that include acting or singing. Make sure you include activities that keep members attuned and happy so that they keep on coming back. The most important part of a maintaining a stable club is a healthy stock of club members.
Lastly, after developing a “business plan” for your club, you must find members. Like stated above, members are an integral part of a club and they are obviously a necessity. Certain tips for creating a club are listed in the following: using social media to make the word travel, email and talk to friends about the club, hand out fliers, or even get an announcement to be made in the morning/afternoon at your high school.
Have confidence and passion in your club, as it is your own piece of work, and you’ll succeed.

How to start a christian club at your high school

Tomorrow is your last chance to apply to bring Launch Clubs entrepreneurship club to your high school this year. Whether you’re starting your school’s first Launch Club this you’re trying to make this year even better than the last, you can use this checklist to help you get an entrepreneurship club started at your school:

Registration:

  • Register your club with MIT Launch and wait for confirmation that you’ve been accepted
  • Identify a faculty advisor
  • Vote or hold interviews for club leadership roles

Promotion:

  • Build your membership! Consider all the different ways you can get the word out. Here are some ideas—
    • Promote your club on social media. Create a Facebook event to invite people to your first meeting
    • Hang posters and flyers up at your school. Leave a pile of flyers on the front desk of your school or in your favorite teacher’s classroom. Create an information table in your lunch room to hand out flyers and answer questions. Lure your classmates there with cookies or other snacks!
    • Ask your school’s office staff about being included in daily announcements or to share club information in a school emails/ newsletters on September 16 to get people excited about entrepreneurship!

    Scheduling:

    • Make a schedule of weekly, one hour club meetings. Be sure to check your school calendar first to confirm there aren’t conflicts with important dates such as holidays, final exams, home football games, prom, or SAT pre-testing
    • Share your chosen with clubs members and be sure to stick to your schedule
    • Be sure to plan your first meeting in advance. Our webinars will instruct club leaders on how to go about this

    Company Logistics:

    • Learn about club theme for this year at Blastoff. If you build a company that fits with the theme, you’ll be eligible to join us for Demo Day at MIT this spring
    • Be thoughtful about forming great teams! No need to hurry—you won’t need to finalize teams until October and we’ll guide you on how to do this with video resources and activities
    • Onboard cofounder teams to the course platform—we’ll provide instructions on how to do this shortly
    • Focus on problems—don’t try to force a solution! If you already have an idea for your startup, keep an open mind and be flexible with it. Your teammates, the club theme, or your market research might convince you that there’s a better idea to pursue

    Resources:

    • Use curriculum, resources, and activities provided in the course platform to guide club members through company development. Stay tuned—we’ll release the course materials before your first meeting
    • Challenge yourself, help one another, and keep an open mind

    Watch the video below for more ideas on how to start an entrepreneurship club at your school. Still have questions? We’ve got answers! Leave your questions in the comment section, below.