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Academic Year Planning Calendar

Many groups find it difficult to envision the long-term planning needed to have a successful and active school year. It's hard to know how far in advance to start thinking about certain activities and events, and combing through Activity Packets doesn't necessarily give a good understanding of how to manage and plan activities throughout year.

For that reason, we've designed our Academic Year Planning Calendar for your group to use. Listed are SSA and other national events, local campus suggestions, and you can even fill in your own to customize it for your own group's planning needs. Included on it is also a goal-planning guide to help you out as well. You can download a digital copy, or you can request a physical copy in our tabling supplies request form.

Sample Year

Download a .pdf of the calendar here, or download as a .jpg.

There are a lot of events on our sample year. Take special note of the things you need to do in order for your group to survive:

There are also several events that happen at specific times of the year, and we provide specific resources to all SSA affiliate groups. You can view a larger variety of event ideas through our Activity Packets resource. The larger events we provide specific resources for are:

    We also think it is important to keep your group balanced, by participating in activities that are part of the Four Focus Areas; Community, Advocacy, Service, and Education:

      And remember to check the Group Running Library or contact us at organizer@secularstudents.org if you run into issues! 

      One of the best resources to find out what works and what doesn't is you - our student leaders! If you've employed a strategy that worked well, let us know about it so other groups can also use that idea. If you've learned a lesson of caution about something we suggest, point out the pitfalls! Email us at organizer@secularstudents.org with your stories and experiences!

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