High School Outreach by Morgan Goodwin Community Organizer Sierra Student Coalition
Hi, I'm Morgan • Keene, NY • 23 years old • Williams College – MA • Student Government Co-president • Thursday Night Group founder • Favorite illicit activity: roof climbing!
Objectives • Participants will leave with... • Skills on how to go into high schools • Recognize potential activists • Tips on giving effective public presentations • An understanding of how to keep the momentum going • Confidence to go out and do it! • This training will not cover... • Running a group • Lots of examples of good high school campaigns
What is the end result? The Power Point Q&A/Discussion Agenda • People Power • Create Relationships • How to: • Get your foot in the door • Prepare • Present • Organize • Follow up
To start new climate groups... To develop new leaders... To build the movement... To stop global warming... So why bother going to High Schools?
People Power • Give people a sense of their own power • What can the ordinary person do? • Create meaningful changes in people's lives • What is actually worth working hard for? • Change the balance of power • How do we attack the cause, not the symptom? • Lots of potential leadership to find!
“Strong people don't need strong leaders” -Ella Baker
Creating Power • There is a lot of potential in energetic high school kids... • What might hold them back? • How is our role limited here? • Why should we, as students, do high school outreach?
1. Foot in the door • Set a goal – how many visits by when? • Is there already a student group? • Get in touch, see what they are working on and what they need help with • Use every contact! • Is there already a student environmental group? • Find students who went to that high school • Do you have professors with kids there? • Do you know a random guy in a coffee shop that has a kid there? • Is there a website with teachers phone numbers or email listed? • 1 of 10 emails get replied to
1. Foot in the Door (continued) • Develop a pitch – who are you and what do you want? • Work with their system, but many angles • If the guidance councillor says he'll contact some teachers, don't stop sending emails to the PTA • Ask a student to forward something, then ask another
2. Prepare • Assemble your team • Discuss goals for the day • Practice presentation! • Check set up • touch base with teachers • will they have a projector set up? will it work with your lap top? do you need sound? • will you have sign up sheets? • will you have hand-outs? (more on this later) • do you know where you're going? • do you have a classroom to have lunch with interested students?
Awesome Presentation: Jumping up and down Confident Clear Audience participation Hits all points in allotted time Connects with interested students practiced 3. Present • Boring Presentation: • Mumbling • Monotone • Unsure • No movement • Presenter speaking all the time • Runs out of time • No connection to students Ask interested students to come talk at lunch!
4. Lunch or After School • 5-15 interested ppl • Go get them in the cafeteria if you must • Do they know each other? • Ask them questions • Listen • Pick 2-3 to stay in touch “How could you start a climate change group here?” “What types of enviro or energy problems does the school have?” “Who else would be interested in working on this stuff?”
5. Follow Up • Thank people • Email students • Include cool websites • personal actions • Personally contact student leaders • Invite them to your meetings and events • Have coffee with them • How do you talk to these people?
This Power Point • Edit – make it your own • Practice • Tell jokes • Remember good questions to get participation • The point is to get them to do something
Debrief • How well were the objectives met? • What did you learn that was new? • How do you see yourself using this knowledge?
Ongoing • Resources • SSC High School organizing guide • SSC Weekly Phone Trainings • SSC week-long summer training programs! • Apollo Alliance • Recommended Reading • Rules for Radicals, Alinsky • I've Got the Light of Freedom, Payne
Stay in Touch! • Send all comments to me email@example.com or Jon Barrows at firstname.lastname@example.org • See you at Power Shift 2007!