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This Week: Camp Quest, Leadership Workshop Opportunity, Affiliation Renewals

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Affiliation Renewals

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Spring Affiliation Renewal season is here! Starting Tuesday, April 14th, all SSA affiliates will need to complete an affiliation renewal or be in danger of losing their affiliation.

Be sure to set aside some time in the next week to fill out the form. It should take about 20 minutes to complete. Affiliation renewal is required for all SSA affiliates. Check out the FAQ at the link below and watch for the live form to come out tomorrow.

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Leadership Workshop Opportunity

ItemAt SSA Con this year, we will be offering a new, exciting opportunity to affiliate group leaders! On Friday prior to the event (SSA Con typically begins Friday evening) we will be offering an exciting hands-on, day-long leadership training workshop with Dr. Darrel Ray.

The workshop will focus on leadership training that is applicable not only to your affiliate group, but also to other leadership positions you may hold. 

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Volunteer with Camp Quest

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Over summer break, your group members are likely to need something to do. A great way to help the secular community and build camaraderie is to organize members of your group to apply to volunteer as Camp Quest counselors!

Camp Quest is a national network of week-long sleepaway summer camps targeted at youth (8-17) from non-religious families. Many college-age volunteers serve at Camp Quest, as well as many SSA staffers and volunteers.

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Secular Student Alliance at the University of Texas at San Antonio

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Ed Brayton

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Ed has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

Ed brings his experience as a stand up comedian to his speaking engagements, making for an entertaining time for all.

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Brag It Up!

How do I get my group featured in an SSA This Week email?

Submit a Brag It Up or email photos@secularstudents.org 



New Leaders?

No longer a leader of an SSA Affiliate Group? Have the new leaders submit a Leader Update



Facebook Leaderspace

Join SSA leaders from all over the country in our SSA Leaderspace Facebook Group!

 

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Media Relations

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We can help your group interact with the media, both local and national, and can help give some pointers and advice on things such as writing press releases, letters to the editor, etc.

These tools are great for any media interaction, such as interviews and press releases; they can also be very helpful to use while planning an event or campaign!

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This Week: The Leadership Transition Quick Plan, National Day of Reason, and Free Money for SSA Con

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Leadership Transitions 
(The Quick Plan!)

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Do you know who will be leading your group next school year? Great! If not, it's time to go over the leadership transition quick plan ASAP! The primary reason we see SSA affiliate groups fade away is due to poor leadership transitions.

This four-week plan can be shortened if necessary. The key elements are introducing new officers to the university resources and external support, and having the new officers run a meeting or event with former leader assistance.

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National Day of Reason

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The National Day of Reason exists to inspire the secular community to be visible and active on this day to set the right example for how to effect positive change.

Local groups, organizations, and/or individuals might use “Day of Reason” to name their events, to call attention to the national initiative. The important message is to provide a positive, useful, constitutional alternative to the exclusionary National Day of Prayer.

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Leadership Travel Aid

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SSA's Annual Conference is designed to be as accessible to students as possible. If you want to be there, we want to help you get there!

Typical individual Leadership Travel Aid funding awards range from $100-$400 and group awards range from $100-$600. Also note that if you'll need more funding than what SSA can provide, you can look for other sources with this guide.

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Campus Organizer Jessika and leaders of Butler University SSA at the Indiana Statehouse for an RFRA opposition rally.

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Thea Deley

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Thea studied improv comedy at Second City in Hollywood, and performs improv, stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. She also writes and directs spoof videos, and her short “SonShades” won “Best Comedy” at the 2012 Paonia Film Festival.

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Brag It Up!

How do I get my group featured in an SSA This Week email?

Submit a Brag It Up or email photos@secularstudents.org 



New Leaders?

No longer a leader of an SSA Affiliate Group? Have the new leaders submit a Leader Update



Facebook Leaderspace

Join SSA leaders from all over the country in our SSA Leaderspace Facebook Group!

 

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Business Cards

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The Secular Student Alliance provides our affiliate groups with free business cards. There is no cost for these cards for affiliated groups. We will create a design and ask you to approve it before we order your cards. This service is offered for branded groups as well as affiliate group who do not use SSA branding.

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This Week: Conference Registration, Openly Secular Day, Your Local Secular Community

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Registration for SSA Con is Live!

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We're so excited about the 2015 SSA Annual Conference! 

Registration is now open. We suggest getting registered as soon as possible so you don't have to worry about it later.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

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Openly Secular Day

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Openly Secular Day is a celebration of secular people opening up about their secular worldview, and an opportunity for theistic allies to show their support for secular friends and family. 

It's on April 23rd. We offer a variety of resources to help you have the best event possible. 

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Reaching Out to the Local Secular Community

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Reaching out and forming relationships with local off-campus community secular groups can be beneficial to both parties.

Most of the time, these off-campus groups really want to reach out and work with you as well, but it can sometimes be a challenging hill to climb, both on and off campus.

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The University of Kentucky Secular Student Alliance tabling on campus

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Valerie Tarico

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Dr. Valerie Tarico is a psychologist with a passion for personal and social evolution. Her speaking topics include: Women in the Bible and Christian History, Female Personhood vs Fetal Personhood, The Psychology of Christianity, Recovering from Religion, and Asking for Money: How to get In-Kind and Monetary Support for Your Group.

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Brag It Up!

How do I get my group featured in an SSA This Week email?

Submit a Brag It Up or email photos@secularstudents.org 



New Leaders?

No longer a leader of an SSA Affiliate Group? Have the new leaders submit a Leader Update



Facebook Leaderspace

Join SSA leaders from all over the country in our SSA Leaderspace Facebook Group!

 

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Group Running Library

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The Group Running Library contains a variety of articles and resources to help your group be awesome.

We tackle everything from leadership transitions, to group promotion, to dealing with problematic members or leaders.


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This Week: Join the Secular Student Movement, Ask an Atheist Day, New Mission

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Join the Secular Student Movement

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The SSA empowers secular students to proudly express their identity, build welcoming communities, promote secular values, and set a course for lifelong activism.

By becoming a student member, you become a part of that mission.

There are several other perks, plus it's free! Sign up yourself or sign up your whole group at once. Join today!

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Ask an Atheist Day


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National Ask an Atheist Day is an opportunity for secular groups across the country to work together to defeat stereotypes about atheism and encourage courteous dialogue between believers and nonbelievers alike.

This year it falls on Thursday, April 16th.

SSA provides a variety of resources to help you make the most of your Ask an Atheist Day event!

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New Mission, Vision, & Values

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Have you heard? We've updated our Mission, Vision, and Values!

It’s full of sinister things like…embracing human and civil rights and social justice! And making inclusivity and diversity a priority! And even promoting skepticism and innovative thinking!

We encourage you to get familiar with it, and even co-sign in support.

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Student Leaders from Loyola University Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Lake Forest College

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Gleb Tsipursky

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As the Co-Founder and Chief Insights Officer of Intentional Insights, Gleb would be glad to present to your group about research-based strategies on effective decision-making, goal achievement, and stress management. He can also talk about how secular people can find meaning, purpose, and happiness.

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Brag It Up!

How do I get my group featured in an SSA This Week email?

Submit a Brag It Up or email photos@secularstudents.org 



New Leaders?

No longer a leader of an SSA Affiliate Group? Have the new leaders submit a Leader Update



Facebook Leaderspace

Join SSA leaders from all over the country in our SSA Leaderspace Facebook Group!

 

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Tabling Supplies

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With Ask an Atheist Day and Openly Secular Day coming up, you'll want to be sure you're stocked on tabling supplies!

You can request supplies that are specific to those events, and general supplies to use any time. Tabling regularly is a fantastic way to get the word out about your group and grow membership.

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