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    8/22/2014 10:37:38 AM Posted by Patrick Coyle

    Canyon HS YAF Officer TrainingSemper Paratus is Latin for always prepared. Thankfully, summer is a great time to get your Young Americans for Freedom chapter ready for the upcoming school year. Now is your opportunity to strengthen the leadership of your chapter, recruit new members, fundraise, and plan your activism projects. This summer, Canyon High School YAF was busy doing just that. 

    First, we tabled at registration. It was four days long, and over seven hours a day. By organizing shifts of officers we were able to always have someone at the table ready to recruit students! We had a great number of people show their interest by signing up for our “Remind” service. Remind is a free app that lets me send out large group text messages safely and privately. I made a trifold poster with photos from the past year and we handed out all sorts of YAF literature. Having a physical presence on campus helped to show what a strong organization we are. It was also a great way for the newly elected officers to invest their time in the club! Find out if your school does an activities fair or something similar, and make sure to attend.

    Second, fundraising is a big goal for us this year. To begin chipping away at that boulder, the officer team and I attended and spoke at various conservative community events throughout the summer, picking up generous donations as we went. Our school requires extensive paperwork for fundraising, so getting a head start on that will save us time in the future. Planning a budget and designing fundraisers now is a great way to ensure that your chapter will be fiscally responsible.

    Third, I wanted to make sure that the chapter had a fantastic officer team that was dedicated to the club. Having strong leadership is essential to success. I put an application process in place that members completed before running for office. Once elected, they committed to the club by signing an agreement. One of the things they agreed to was to attend an officer training! It was my first time running an event like this, but I feel so much more confident about the upcoming year after it was completed. Even planning a short officer meeting to briefly review the year will help. 

    During the officer training we: 

    • Discussed the principles of conservatism by watching The Conservatives, going over the Sharon Statement, and compiling our conclusions on a white board
    • Did a couple of team building exercises that facilitated discussion over the importance of communication and teamwork. I found them on www.teampedia.net
    • Outlined each officer’s individual responsibilities. This was something that was included in the officer application, but it was good to discuss it as a group so everyone was clear on their duties
    • Brainstormed ideas to solve problems that we had last year. It is amazing what happens when you get a group of people together who are passionate about the same thing! We came up with so many new and different ways to prevent and fix issues
    • Redesigned how our meetings will be run next year. We are aiming to have more engaging meetings by discussing current events
    • Went through the calendar and set tentative dates for almost all of our activism projects, meetings, and officer meetings. By outlining the year ahead of time, we can prevent scheduling conflicts and have plenty of time to prepare for our events. It was also fun to brainstorm new ideas for enhancing our projects and design new ones
    • Made sure to have food! It is easier for everyone to focus when their stomachs are full!  

    Thorough planning and preparation helped to lay the foundation for an exceptional year as a chapter for Canyon HS YAF, and I challenge you to do the same! 

    Kaitlyn Anderson is the chair of Canyon High School Young Americans for Freedom. 

    • Readers' Comments

    • Hello, I Watched the video that was promoted by this article, and was confused as to how conservatism is the best way to create the most wealth for the most people, as in reality it does the exact opposite, and creates stupendous amounts of wealth for a few, and leaves most in poverty. The Music and all the special effects were quite nice, but it seems like a bunch of propaganda to promote a crony capitalist agenda to me. I would be quite interested to hear how big business owners buying off politicians and controlling the vote is a 'Free market'. I am also interested in other's take on this corrupt and unethical way of thinking. -Moe
      Posted by Moe on 08/23/2014
    • Moe, Your comments don't actually deserve a response, but Ill give you one anyway my lonely, mis-guided fellow American. If there were a better alternative to our free-market representative republic, the free people of the United States would have created it by now. No political system is perfect, but if think the majority of Americans live in poverty, I would suggest you leave your home in Detroit and move to Texas. Ill even buy you dinner at an evil capitalist restaurant. And as an aside, our constitution and laws do not prevent you from leaving the US to live somewhere else. If you can find a better country, do us all a favor and move there. Until then, stop whining like a little child and spare us the DNC talking points. Oh, and this will really drive you crazy....may the Lord bless and keep you, may he make his face shine upon you and give you rest. Here or wherever you huddle.
      Posted by Jason on 08/24/2014
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