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This Week: Light The Night Supplies Request, Stay Active During Summer, Join Leadership Space

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Light The Night Supplies Request

The Light the Night fundraising materials are finally available! Please go here to request leaflets, posters, goal thermometers, and donation boxes for your team. You will have to verify your team with us to get the materials, so make sure you either create or join a team. You are always welcome to join the Secular Student Alliance National Team as well. Don't forget the drawing for a pizza party. If you hold a Light the Night fundraiser at your school and tell us via Brag It Up Form, you will be entered into a drawing for a pizza party for your group. Winners will be announced May 15th so get those forms in before then!

Stay Active During Summer

The summer solstice is fast approaching but luckily you don't have to waste the year's biggest and brightest days without the company of your group. Just because most of you are heading into your summer break, doesn't mean your group should go inactive until the fall. There are many ways to stay active over the summer.

Camp Quest is a great way to give back to the younger generation while also having fun doing outdoor activities. CQ is a network of camps for freethinking youth around the country. You can volunteer at CQ as a counselor or organizer. Your group can also go on a field trip. Search our activity packets for more ideas.

Dave Muscato has also written a beautiful article detailing many things your group can do to stay strong during the summer.

Join Leadership Space

Add your group's new leaders to the SSA LeaderSpace on Facebook.
One of the greatest services we offer is for our affiliates to get in contact with each other, so we started our Facebook LeaderSpace group. Join today and keep in contact with other SSA affiliate leaders all across the country. This service is a great way to get advice from your peers who have had much of the same experiences as you. This is also a great way to spread the advice of your own leadership experience.

Group Photo of the Week

SSA at WestTexas A&M University during an impromptu counter protest when a preacher invaded their campus shouting hateful things about women, homosexuals, minorities, and science. Read more about this story.

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Members of The Secular Student Alliance at Florida International University Brag It Up! Tell us about the awesome stuff your group has done! Brag It Up!
SSA Leaderspace
Students applying for Leadership Travel Aid for our Columbus location are being waitlisted as of today. You are still free to request aid for our Vegas venue however. Also keep in mind that registration rates go up May 15th for both locations, so don't miss the early bird pricing!
Newest Affiliate
Secular Student Alliance at Knox
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Project Grants

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Dale McGowan

Dale McGowan Ph.D. edited and co-authored Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers, the first comprehensive resources for nonreligious parents. He also serves as executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief
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This Week: SSA Week 2013, The Student Non-Discrimination Act, We Are Atheism Campaign

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SSA Week 2013

Help the SSA promote SSA Week! We have launched a full scale fundraising effort today through May 6th to help you! Help us help you by spreading the word about SSA Week on Facebook, Twitter (hashtag #SSAWeek), Reddit, Youtube, blogs and on other social media sites. We have tons of images to help.

If you write operate a blog, participate in blogathon! If you want to participate any other way or have an idea to help the SSA raise awareness and funds, please contact our Development Associate Jessica Kirsner for more information. 

The Student Non-Discrimination Act

Representative Jared Polis reintroduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) on April 18th. The bill, if made law, will prohibit discrimination against and harassment of public school students on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (a good thing for those of us who don't want our tax dollars to go towards any type of discrimination). If you want to encourage your representative to support the bill, you can find their contact informatioin here - just put in your zip code. Try to contact their office in D.C. if possible. You may also use this form made by the American Humanist Association if you prefer.

We Are Atheism Campaign

Do you want to participate in a fun engaging group activity, express yourself and your identity and help others do the same? Then you should consider being part of the We Are Atheism campaign. On the website, you can upload a video or essay and see what other people have posted as well. We also built an activity packet for a group photo version of the We Are Atheism campaign (with contributions by DePaul Alliance for Free Thought). So check these resources out and start doing awesome things!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from SRJC Atheists & Skeptics Club at Santa Rosa Junior College after the When Are We Human Enough to Matter? debate between Dr. Malcom Potts and Scott Klusendorf.

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SSA Leaderspace
Join us for our 2013 Annual Conference! Registration rates go up May 15th so don't miss the early bird pricing!
Newest Affiliate
Lewis & Clark Law School Secular Legal Society
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Business Cards

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Featured Speaker
Lauren Youngblood

Lauren Anderson Youngblood joined the Secular Coalition for America in 2011, bringing with her several years of experience in journalism. She would be happy to speak to your group about communications or about the Secular Coalition for America.
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This Week: Light the Night Champion For Cures, AHA Student Travel Scholarships, National Day of Reason

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Light The Night Champion For Cures

Become a Champion For Cures for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and cancer patients everywhere by participating in the Light The Night Walk. There are many ways to get started after you create or join a team:

  1. Chocolate for a Cure
  2. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Store
  3. CafePress

Keep in mind that LLS will regularly send specific local opportunities to your email as you register. Also make sure you see their list of prizes for raised funds, and if you have a smart phone, download their fundraising app.

Learn more about the Light The Night Walk at our Light The Night page.

AHA Student Travel Scholarships

The American Humanist Association welcomes high school and college students to their 72nd Annual Conference! Student registration is just $25 and includes access to all events and sessions during the conference from May 30th-June 2nd.

The AHA Conference is a great opportunity to learn more about the work of a national freethought organization, meet secular celebrities, and network with leaders in the movement!

They also have hotel rooms at discounted rates. The deadline for reservations is April 26. Check here for more information.

National Day of Reason

The National Day of Reason was created in response to the National Day of Prayer, which is a federally designated day of observance. The NDoR was started by the American Humanist Association and is observed the same day as the NDoP.

The constitutionality of the NDoP law has been challenged by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The FFRF is currently appealing an appellate court's decision to dismiss the case.

Find the National Day of Reason page on Facebook. You should also check out our Activity Packet for great ideas on how to celebrate the NDoR. Look at the events people are posting about the day on the website or create your own!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Arizona at Sabino Canyon.

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Members of The Secular Student Alliance at West Texas A&M University Brag It Up! Tell us about the awesome stuff your group has done! Brag It Up!
SSA Leaderspace
You DON'T want to miss our awesome two location conference this year. Click the image to learn more!
Newest Affiliate
TCU Freethinking Frogs
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Featured Service
Tabling Supplies
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Featured Speaker
Jt Eberhard
JT Eberhard was the former high school specialist with the Secular Student Alliance, is the author of the blog What Would JT Do?, and has been a contributing author to AtheismResource. JT is an accomplished speaker having given plenary talks at Skepticon, which he co-founded, the American Atheists National Conference, various college campuses and much more.
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This Week: Light The Night Pizza Promo, IFYC Leadership Institutes, SSA Design Exchange

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Light The Night Pizza Promo

Want to end the year on a really good note? Then register for a Light The Night Walk by creating a team. You can also join the national Secular Student Alliance Team. All SSA affiliate teams who hold their first fundraiser and tell us about it, via a Brag It Up form, will be entered into a drawing for a pizza party for their entire group. Hold the fundraiser, fill out a form, tell us how much you raised, send us a photo and let us know your Light The Night team information.

The winners will be announced May 15th. So make sure to get everything in before that date.

Learn more about the Light The Night Walk at our Light The Night page.

IFYC Leadership Institutes

Our partner and friend, the Interfaith Youth Core is having Interfaith Leadership Institutes (ILIs) across the country. ILIs equip undergraduate students, staff, and faculty with the skills to engage diverse religious and non-religious identities to build the interfaith movement on their campuses.

Upcoming ILIs - The standard fee to attend an ILI is $299 (lodging and travel not included). Make sure to check the registration pages for discount and scholarship information.

  1.     Chicago ILI: June 21-23, 2013
    •     Early Bird Deadline ($50 off): April 16, 2013
    •     Final Registration Deadline: June 6, 2013
  2.     NYC ILI: August 11-13, 2013
    •     Early Bird Deadline ($50 off): June 6, 2013
    •     Final Registration Deadline: July 30, 2013
  3.     Atlanta ILI: January 31, 2014 - February 2, 2014
    •     Los Angeles ILI: February 15-17, 2014
    •     *Official Registration Launch on August, 15, 2013
Email [email protected] for questions. Click the image to learn more.

SSA Design Exchange

The Design Exchange is our library of flyers, tabling supplies, advertisements, t-shirt designs, and more that students in freethought groups like yours across the country have successfully utilized on their campuses. Use these resources for catchy and eye-grabbing material you can post all over your campus.

If you would like to submit one or more of your designs to the Exchange, feel free to use our flyer submission form or e-mail your design to [email protected]. Please remember that while a PDF is lovely to look at, it is difficult to edit - please send us the original file format whenever possible so that borrowers may make the most of it!

New Leader?
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Brag It Up!
Tell us about the awesome stuff your group has done!
SSA Leaderspace
You DON'T want to miss our awesome two location conference this year. Click the image to learn more!
Newest Affiliate
Illinois Wesleyan University Secular Student Alliance
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Featured Service
Group Running Guide
Learn every topic under the sun relating to how to run a student group on campus.
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Featured Speaker
Michael Shermer
Dr. Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine and editor of Skeptic.com, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and an Adjunct Professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University. Dr. Shermer's latest book is The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies-How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths.

Dr. Shermer charges an honorarium in the range of $5,000 to $10,000. This speaker has special requirements and takes a lot of preparation work to bring in. Only experienced groups should consider bringing him to their campus.
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