How To Start A Chapter:

There are no hard and fast rules for starting and maintaining a SADD Chapter. Part of the beauty of SADD is that it is unique to each and every school and community. Each will present it own challenges and rewards.

We know that you are a true visionary. You have taken a stand and are taking the lead in dealing with a huge social issue that knows no age, but yet is still the #1 killer among young people in Canada. We know that you believe in what you are doing and care a great deal about the project you are undertaking. We know that you have chosen to participate in your SADD Chapter for all the right reasons and now you need to put in a genuine effort.

SADD Alberta congratulates you and will be here every step of the way to support and assist you. Please give us a call or drop us a line. We love hearing about how things are going with your Chapter (both positive and negative) and we love being able to assist you with your SADD Chapter. We can give you many ideas on how to maintain an effective SADD Chapter. The time for ACTION is NOW!

 

Step 1: Form A Core Group:

Many chapters start with only a handful of members. This core group will get the Chapter going. Don't be discouraged if your core group is small. All great things start small.

 

Step 2: Recruit an Advisor:

Your SADD Advisor should be an adult over the age of 21. Teachers, administrators, police officers and parents (just to name a few) will all make great SADD Advisors. Try to keep in mind that having an Advisor that is also a teacher or administrator at your school is a great asset. Your SADD Chapter will benefit from having that contact when it comes time for approval for events and conference attendance, etc. They know the policies, etc. and will do their best to support your Chapter. You can also have more than one adult Advisor if it works for your group.

 

Step 3: Recruit Members:

Use personal contact. Advertise your meetings with posters and on the school intercom system. Make sure you let it be known that SADD is for EVERYONE! You do not have to be a straight A student, a star athlete or particularly articulate. You just have to believe in the cause - that FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS DRINK & DRIVE! Try to set your meetings for the entire semester right away. Make them consistent. (i.e. Every Tuesday at lunch in Room 335). This way students and teachers interested in being involved can work SADD into their schedule and attend meetings on a regular basis.

 

Step 4: Elect an Executive to Lead Your Chapter:

To function smoothly you need to decide how your SADD Chapter will run. Some SADD Chapters like to elect an Executive team (See Executive duties for more info) and others have 2 Co-Chairs and set up a Board of Directors. Talk to the people involved in setting up your SADD Chapter and come to a consensus on what is best for your group. Work on the strengths of those you have within your Chapter and be creative and flexible.

 

Step 5: Contact SADD Alberta to Register your SADD Chapter:

SADD Alberta asks that you register so we can recognize your group as an active "SADD Chapter". You will receive resources such as newsletters, conference information, posters and various novelty items.

Once these things are done it is time to start planning events. It is usually useful to plan for the entire semester or year. Make a calendar and keep in mind when other school and community events are taking place so your functions don't conflict. Buddy up and have your events compliment each other whenever possible. Don't compete with other groups within the school but rather work in conjunction with them to add to the success of the event. The possibilities are endless.