Starting a SADD Chapter
In order to help you plan and start a SADD Chapter in your school, we have compiled the following tips. If you need further information or assistance on getting started, please email Robyn Block or call 618-731-1600, or visit the SADD National website at www.sadd.org.
HOW DO I START A SADD CHAPTER
How do I get people involved?
Approach your friends, members of your school’s student government, team captains, and students who volunteer or mentor regularly. Most importantly, you need to recruit a diverse group of students in order to appeal to everyone in your school; students will realize that SADD offers something for everyone if they see that it is led by a unique, diverse group of their peers.
How do I find a faculty advisor?
Appeal to a teacher, coach, counselor, or administrator who is trusted and well respected by the school community. It is important that you find someone who is passionate about your cause and who has the time, energy, and creativity necessary to be an effective SADD chapter advisor. Be sure to communicate your expectations to your potential advisor.
• He/she should be able to attend all SADD chapter meetings.
• He/she should be willing to sponsor and chaperone SADD chapter activities.
• He/she should be willing to act as a liaison between the SADD chapter and the school administration.
When should I hold meetings?
Schedule regular meetings at a time when all members and your advisor are able to attend. Some schools set aside time during the school day for clubs and activities to meet while others opt to meet after school. In order to ensure maximum attendance, consider offering snacks or providing a small door prize of some sort.
What should we discuss at our meetings?
At your first meeting, you should be sure that you inform all members about the SADD philosophy and mission statement. Generate a list of issues that your chapter thinks are the most pressing in your school. You may want to design a survey of student concerns and behaviors. Consider what kind of decisions students in your community have to make on a daily basis and define the pressures that they regularly face. Determine what an appropriate response to these pressures would be and what activities your SADD chapter can sponsor to empower your schoolmates to make positive choices.
What kind of activities can we plan?
SADD chapters plan a wide variety of activities and events in their communities. The more creative your chapter members are, the better! You can plan peer education opportunities in the middle or elementary schools, fund-raisers, awareness-raising events, substance-free parties and much more. To get started, you can refer to the SADD Manual (available for purchase from SADD National) or the SADD Web site, both of which have a variety of ideas and suggestions for how to plan a fun and effective event.
HOW DO I REGISTER MY SADD CHAPTER?
What steps should I take to register my new chapter with SADD National?
1. Contact SADD National. Register your chapter by returning the registration form enclosed in this packet or visiting the SADD website, www.sadd.org. This will ensure that you receive all mailings from SADD National. Once you register, you will receive a New Chapter Packet including a Certificate of Membership, SADD National’s most recent newsletter, and a list of ideas for potential activities and fund-raisers. In addition, you will be qualified to participate in a variety of SADD National sponsored activities, including the annual National Conference.
2. Contact your State Coordinator. By contacting your State Coordinator, you will receive important information about state conferences, potential funding, and training opportunities. Many State Coordinators sponsor their own programs and distribute relevant information to their chapters. Check the SADD website at or contact SADD National toll-free at 877-SADD-INC (723-3462) to see if your state has a SADD State Coordinator.
3. Contact other area SADD chapters. You may contact either the National Office or your State Coordinator to find out where there are other SADD chapters in your area. Veteran SADD chapter members and advisors can provide valuable advice to those just getting started. They may be willing to co-sponsor activities and events or to tell you what has worked well for their chapter and what has not. This kind of communication may be especially beneficial for smaller chapters or for chapters in rural areas.
4. Stay in touch with SADD National. SADD National is eager to hear about the wonderful work its chapters are doing across the country. Please send pictures and details of your events and activities; your chapter might be featured on the SADD Web site or in the SADD newsletter. If your chapter members are interested in attending the SADD National Conference in July, up-to-date information is available on the SADD National website, www.sadd.org.