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This Week: New Group Running Guide, Speaker's Bureau Page Update, Good News Club Documentary

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New Group Running Guide

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our 2012 interns, Ellen Lundgren and Dave Muscato (who is the new American Atheists' Public Relations Director!), we are able to present to you: the updated Group Running Guide! This is the book group leaders get when they apply for a Group Starting Packet, or newly affiliate with us.

You can download your own copy of the Group Running Guide in .PDF form, or you can request a physical copy. Either way, this book was created from the combined experience of many people who have run their own secular groups. Treat it as your group's bible (ha).

Take a look at it! We guarantee you'll learn something! 

Speakers Bureau Page Update

You know our Speakers Bureau? We have over 80 national speakers (and that's not even including our student speakers or our regional speakers) on our Speakers Bureau...in fact, we had so many speakers, our Speakers Bureau page was getting a little cluttered! So, we updated it!

Check out our new /Speakers page, where you can learn all about the Speakers Bureau, how to get someone at your school, how to apply for funding, and many other things!

Good News Club Documentary

Katherine Stewart (a member of our Speakers Bureau) wrote a book investigating the Good News Club, which is an Evangelical Christian club that focuses on children ages 5-12. One of the founders of a Secular Student Alliance affiliate group investigated the Good News Club and made a 30 minute documentary about it on YouTube. This would be a great idea for a meeting, because it allows time for discussion afterward. We're very proud to see our students being activists and publicly showing what they've discovered and accomplished.

Group Photo of the Week

The Secular Student Alliance of University of Nevada-- Reno. They had some interesting conversations and a few odd looks, but also about 10 new members!
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Brag It Up!
Tell us about the awesome stuff your group has done!
SSA Leaderspace
Have you applied for Leadership Travel Aid to our conference yet? Get on it!
Newest Affiliate
Corning Community College Secular Student Alliance
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Branded Affiliate Benefits
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Featured Speaker
Ted Cox
Ted Cox garnered international media attention for his undercover reporting on gay-to-straight therapy programs. A journalist who frequently covers religion, Ted has toured the country speaking to packed rooms about ex-gay programs, the Mormon temple ceremonies, the pro-life movement, and various other forms of religious quackery.
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This Week: Ask An Atheist Day, Funding Finder, Last Chance Opportunities!

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Ask An Atheist Day


It's back! Ask An Atheist Day 2013 is coming up-- fast! Time to start planning.

How many times have you met someone who thought a really silly thing about atheism, like that we have no morals, or that we hate god, or that we eat babies? (Even though that last one is totally true.) It's time to change that! Public perception of atheists can only change when people come out and declare their nontheism, and when they are willing to actually engage with people about it.

We've put together a lot of resources for Ask An Atheist day, like an activity packet, a tabling training guide, a sample press release, a Facebook event, and other things! Check it out and start planning how your group can help change the world this Ask an Atheist Day!

Funding Finder

You know how the SSA offers all sorts of really awesome funding opportunities for students to do great things? Project grants, travel grants, Leadership Travel Aid...it can be hard to keep them all straight! That's why we've created the Funding Finder! You answer a few questions about what you need money for, and presto! You're at the right form.

Go ahead and give it a whirl (or at least bookmark it for when you do need it)!

Last Chance!

There's so much happening in the atheist world right now! That's why we're reminding you of certain opportunities that have deadlines, so you don't miss out!

Even if you aren't sure if you're qualfied, it's worth applying, just in case! Spread the word to your friends and group members about these opportunities!

Group Photo of the Week

Students from Aviation High School Secular Student Alliance at a meeting.
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SSA Leaderspace
No major news right now, so here's a picture of my cat Gandalf on an SSA conference t-shirt!
Newest Affiliate
University of North Carolina-- Asheville Secular Student Alliance
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Dan Barker
Mr. Barker became a teenage evangelist at age 15. He announced his atheism publicly in January, 1984. He has been a staff member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation since 1987.
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This Week: Brag It Up, Internship Opportunities, Sweet Conference Video

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Brag It Up!

Your group does a lot of awesome things, I bet. And I also bet you don't get a lot of recognition for them, do you? We're trying to fix that! We're starting a new program called "Brag It Up" that allows you to tell us when your group does something cool.

We realize the situation for each group is different, which is why we want to recognize the things you do that are awesome in the context of *your* group. Give us the situation and the context, and let us know why you're proud of you group. Bookmark this page and let us know whenever something cool happens!

Internships Available

There are lots of internships available! Check them out!

The applications for our summer interns were due yesterday, but if you for some reason totally forgot, you can send in your application today and maybe we won't send our flying monkeys after you.

Sweet Conference Promo Video


Have you watched our Conference promo video yet? No? Why not!? Go watch it, right now!

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SSA Leaderspace
Student registrations are only $30 for the American Atheists Convention. Check it out!
Newest Affiliate
New Mexico State University Secular Student Alliance
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Business Cards
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Featured Speaker
Tommy Nugent
At age 21 Tommy moved into inner-city Detroit and, with two other pastors, founded an Assemblies of God church. As youth pastor, Tommy built his youth group from three to over a hundred in less than six months and realized where he was supposed to be and what he was supposed to do for the rest of his life. By age 23 Tommy was an atheist professional gambler living in Las Vegas.
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This Week: Registration Live, Darwin Day, Regional Speakers Bureau

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Conference Registration Live



You may think it's a bit early to start preparing for the conference, but our motto is "Be Prepared." Okay, maybe that's not our motto, but it still makes sense! Our registration is now live (for both Vegas and Columbus), so sign up now!

Why wait? It's better to register now rather than letting that $39 (or $125, for a group of five -- what a deal!) burn a hole in your pocket. Who knows what you'll be tempted to spend it on if you wait? A new Furby? Car eyelashes? Vegan cookies to send to your favorite campus organizers? Register today for Las Vegas or Columbus!

Still not sure if you want to attend? Watch this sweet promo trailer and be blown away (then register)!

Happy Darwin Day!

It's here, it's here! It's finally Darwin Day (the 12th, technically tomorrow, but still). Hopefully you requested tabling supplies so your group can celebrate, but if not, you can still do something! You can take a look at the events listed on the Darwin Day website and see if there's anything in your area.

If not, you can always just throw something together quickly -- go to a local supermarket and pick up a generic birthday cake and eat it with your group, or perhaps watch a documentary about evolution. We have lots of ideas up on our Darwin Day activity packet. (You can also send a cute Darwin Day ecard on the Darwin Day website.)

Regional Speakers Bureaus

Now that our regional programs are up and running, we're thrilled to start offering regional-specific services, like Regional Speakers Bureaus. If you live in the Southeast, you can look at the Southeast Speakers Bureau, with great speakers like Zach Weinersmith, author of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Comics, Kelley Freeman (who spoke at last year's conference and was our 2011 intern), and Andy Thomson, author of Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith.

We also have the Texas Regional Speakers Bureau, including awesome speakers like Elyse Anders, president of the Women Thinking Free Foundation, Zach Moore, a molecular biologist and the coordinator of Camp Quest Texas, and Beth Presswood, hostess of Godless Bitches podcast.

We'll keep you informed as more regions form!

Group Photo of the Week

The Secular Student Alliance at North Carolina State University-- Raleigh's Halloween party!
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SSA Leaderspace
Internship applications are due next week, don't forget!
Newest Affiliate
Secular Student Alliance at Lebanon Valley College
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Facebook Leaderspace
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Featured Speaker
Keith Lowell Jensen
Keith headlined SSA Con 2012 with his great comedy act (that you can watch on YouTube). He also was the resident atheist in the Coexist Comedy Tour, and has a new album, Elf Orgy, available for pre-order on iTunes and available for purchase next week.
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