Plan an Event
The Ruth Institute has a variety of resources available to groups that want to sponsor a pro-family or other family strengthening activity. If you are interested in hosting an activity, the following are some steps that will help you get things off the ground.
- Make sure you are an Emerging Leaders Group. If you haven't gotten to that step, just fill out a brief form (The Application for Student Groups). As a sponsored group, you will have access to the resources that the Ruth Institute has to offer you.
- Look at the Student Initiative Handbook. This resource provides some ideas for activities as well as some tips for working with the people you will need to to get your event off the ground. You can download the entire thing, or look at the individual sections broken down below.
- Apply for funding. Once you have your group chartered and a clear idea about what kind of event you want, apply for some funding. The Ruth Institute through Emerging Leaders is interested helping groups get what they need to succeed, which is often money. To submit a proposal for funding, fill out this Application & Proposal for Funding and submit a budget (a sample budget is provided here). Email the completed proposal and budget to Ruthinfo@ruthinstitute.org
The Student Initiative Handbook
The Ruth Institute put together the Student Initiative Handbook to help new groups know what they need to succeed. Many students have tried to put together student movements--hopefully this handbook can help you do that without making some of the mistakes that other groups have made.
You can download the entire handbook here, or you can look below for the to download the most relevant section. The list below is not a complete listing of the handbook's contents, however it covers most important relevant portions available for quick download.
- Starting an Initiative
- Sample Forms
- Ideas for Events
- How to Budget
- Facebook Causes
- How to work with the Media
- Stories from those that have been there:
- Alisa Rogers: Starting a Conference on Campus
- Celine Talbot: Getting a Marriage Club Started on Campus
- Alison Contreras: Getting a lecture together on Campus
- How to be a Leader
If you want more information about any of these topics or any not mentioned here, please feel free to email us at Ruthinfo@ruthinstitute.org, and we can answer your specific questions.