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Autism Speaks U September Q&A Transcript

                               
On Tuesday, September 18 the Autism Speaks U team hosted a LIVE Facebook Q&A for college students across the country. We discussed on how to increase chapter membership and educate students about autism. Read the full transcript below! 
 
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4:57

 

Hi everyone! We will begin at 5pm ET/2pm ET. Hang tight! 

 

4:58

 

Comment From Mark Tapia 
In general, how long do these facebook q&a's typically last...

 

4:58

 

Facebook Q&As last one hour. 

 

5:00

 

Thanks for joining the Facebook Q&A everyone. This month’s topic is on ways to increase chapter membership and educate students about autism.

 

5:00

 

This Q&A is text only – when submitting a question/comment there will be a delay from when it appears on the chat client.

 

5:00

 

Let’s do a roll call!

 

5:00

 

Submit the following:
• Name of college/university 
• Your name and position in chapter
• Note if Autism Speaks U chapter is Official, Soon-to-Be or Getting Started

o Official = approved by Autism Speaks U & your school
o Soon to Be = waiting to get “provisional” status from Autism Speaks U
o Getting Started = beginning the process of creating a chapter

 

5:01

 

Comment From Melanie (Kaplan U) 
Kaplan U. Melanie Fernandez, President. Soon to be.

 

5:01

 

Comment From Guest 
Kaiti, President (Duke) Official Chapter

 

5:01

 

Comment From Andy Byun 
Penn State

 

5:01

 

Comment From Madeline Ogden 
Mary Baldwin College

 

5:01

 

Comment From Olivia Thiemann 
The Ohio State University

 

5:01

 

Comment From Blake Hartgraves 
Texas A&M University

 

5:01

 

Comment From Amanda Qadado 
Virginia Tech

 

5:01

 

Comment From Amanda 
University of Michigan-Dearborn

 

5:01

 

Comment From Sarah Chaisson 
UNC Chapel Hill, Sarah Chaisson, President, Official

 

5:01

 

Comment From Kristyn Plum 
West Virginia University

 

5:01

 

Comment From Julie Powers 
DePaul University

 

5:01

 

Comment From Hugo Le Du 
University of Michigan

 

5:01

 

Comment From Madison Economos 
SUNY New Paltz

 

5:01

 

Comment From Kayla Chesanek 
University of South Florida

 

5:01

 

Comment From Megan Pruitt 
Texas Christian University

 

5:01

 

Comment From Michelle Todd 
University of Minnesota

 

5:01

 

Comment From Guest 
Miami University

 

5:02

 

Comment From Kayla Carter - Towson Uni 
Towson University:

 

5:02

 

Comment From Jennifer Perkins 
Kaplan University

 

5:02

 

Comment From Guest 
University of Wisconsin La Crosse

 

5:02

 

Comment From Guest 
Slippery Rock University

 

5:02

 

Comment From Guest 
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

 

5:02

 

Comment From Olivia Singleton 
Armstrong Atlantic State University

 

5:02

 

Comment From Hannah Khederian 
Miami University

 

5:02

 

Comment From Dan Barbour 
Autism Speaks U @ FGCU

 

5:02

 

Comment From Hillary Contreras 
University of Texas

 

5:02

 

Comment From Britt Mills 
Elon University

 

5:02

 

Comment From Collin Cannon 
University of Northern Colorado

 

5:02

 

Comment From Guest 
Duke University

 

5:02

 

Comment From Samantha Sallade 
West Chester University

 

5:02

 

Comment From Nicole Giles 
Gettysburg College

 

5:02

 

Comment From Aubrey Cooper 
University of Utah

 

5:02

 

Comment From Guest 
Byron Viets, President, Official

 

5:02

 

Comment From Mo Green 
University of Michigan

 

5:02

 

Comment From Caroline Kocent 
Boston University

 

5:02

 

Comment From Guest 
Syracuse University

 

5:02

 

Comment From Jaclyn Sessel 
Boston University, Jaclyn Sessel, Vice President, Soon-To-Be official

 

5:02

 

Comment From Philip Bender SUNY Albany 
Philip Bender, SUNY Albany, Vice President. We are officially recognized!

 

5:03

 

Comment From Katie Peña - President 
University of Arizona

 

5:03

 

Comment From Kylie Streng 
East Carolina University, Kylie Streng, President, Getting Started

 

5:03

 

Comment From Hillary Contreras 
University of Texas. Hillary Contreras (treasurer). Official.

 

5:03

 

Comment From Kayla Carter - Towson Uni 
Towson University; Kayla Carter - President; ASU chapter is official

 

5:03

 

Comment From Jennifer Perkins 
Kaplan University, vice president, soon to be

 

5:03

 

Comment From Jigar Shah 
UCI

 

5:03

 

Comment From Meredith Coleman 
Western Kentucky University. Meredith Coleman Recruitment chair. Soon to be.

 

5:03

 

Comment From Amanda Qadado 
Virginia Tech. Amanda Qadado--Treasurer. Official Chapter.

 

5:03

 

Comment From Amanda 
University of Michigan-Dearborn, Amanda Bower, Treasurer, Official

 

5:03

 

Comment From Collin Cannon 
University of Northern Colorado - Vice President - Getting Started

 

5:03

 

Comment From Britt Mills 
Elon University, Britt Mills: co-president. Official Chapter

 

5:03

 

Comment From Andy Byun 
Penn State, Andy Byun, President, Official

 

5:03

 

Comment From Nel-Sylvia Guzman 
West Virginia University. Nel-Sylvia Guzman, Vice President.Official

 

5:03

 

Comment From Madeline Ogden 
Madeline Ogden. President. Official

 

5:03

 

Comment From Kayla Chesanek 
University of South Florida, Kayla Chesanek - President, Chapter is Official

 

5:03

 

Comment From Nicole Weaver 
Wilkes University, Nicole Weaver, President, Soon to Be.

 

5:03

 

Comment From Megan Pruitt 
Texas Christian University. Megan Pruitt-President. Soon to Be

 

5:03

 

Comment From Guest 
Marywood University, Lauren Olsen, President, Official

 

5:03

 

Comment From Olivia Singleton 
Armstrong Atlantic State University, Olivia Singleton Vice President, Official

 

5:03

 

Comment From Hannah Khederian 
Hannah Khederian, Director of Advertising

 

5:03

 

Comment From Samantha Sallade 
West Chester University, Samantha Sallade, Vice President. Soon-To-Be

 

5:03

 

Comment From Heather Whitley 
Kaplan University online, Heather Whitley-Recruitment Chair, soon to be

 

5:03

 

Comment From Alison Burke 
Univ of Connecticut! I'm Alison and I am the CFO. Official

 

5:03

 

Comment From Madison Economos 
Madison Economos, SUNY New Paltz, Vice President. Official

 

5:04

 

Comment From Kaleigh 
Slippery Rock University. Kaleigh Gontis. Recruitment Chair. Soon to be.

 

5:04

 

Comment From Jennifer Schwartz 
Binghamton University, Jen Schwartz, Secretary, Official

 

5:04

 

Comment From Amanda Ravenstein 
Pittsburg State University; Amanda Ravenstein, President; soon-to-be.

 

5:04

 

Comment From Mark Tapia 
Mark Tapia, position unclear as of now (hopefully president); autism speaks u geting started soon...

 

5:04

 

Comment From Devin Minor 
UW-La Crosse Devin Minor Secretary, recently official

 

5:04

 

Comment From Emily Riepenhoff 
Emily Riepenhoff from Xavier university, President, getting started

 

5:04

 

Comment From Olivia Thiemann 
The Ohio State University, Olivia Thiemann, Secretary, Official

 

5:04

 

Comment From Guest 
Stonehill College, Brooke Lessard (Treasurer), official

 

5:04

 

Comment From Katie Peña - President 
Katie (President) University of Arizona. Getting started

 

5:04

 

Comment From Rebecca Cook 
Manhattan College , President, soon to be

 

5:04

 

Comment From Michelle Todd 
University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. Michelle Todd, Co- President, Soon -to-Be

 

5:04

 

Comment From Mia Rhoades 
Slippery Rock University

 

5:04

 

Comment From Maeve McCartin 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, official

 

5:04

 

Comment From Guest 
Autism Speaks U Milwaukee. Heather Salvo, Vice President. Soon to be.

 

5:04

 

Comment From Guest 
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Virginia Nemath - President, Soon to Be Chapter

 

5:04

 

Comment From Aubrey Cooper 
whoops, University of Utah, Aubrey Cooper, Vice Pres, Soon to Be

 

5:04

 

Comment From Ray Sadri 
Cal State Fullerton

 

5:04

 

Comment From Jennifer Bennett 
Jennifer Bennett , Autism Speaks U at Mizzou chapter president (University of Missouri); official chapter

 

5:04

 

Comment From Tina 
IPFW, president, official

 

5:04

 

Comment From Brittany Cochario 
Ithaca College, Fundraising Chair, Official

 

5:04

 

Comment From Jigar Shah 
UCI, Jigar Shah, President, Official

 

5:05

 

Comment From Julie Powers 
Julie, DePaul University, PR Chair , Official

 

5:05

 

Comment From Guest 
Slippery Rock University , Jessica Smithson. President

 

5:05

 

Comment From Caroline Kocent 
Boston University, secretary for the soon to be Autism Speaks U Boston University

 

5:05

 

Comment From Kristyn Plum 
West Virginia University, Kristyn (Secretary)

 

5:05

 

Comment From Elinor 
Tulane University. Awareness Chair. Provisional Status.

 

5:05

 

Comment From Guest 
Leanna Gonzalez John Carroll University Recruitment Chair Official Chapter

 

5:05

 

Comment From Dan Barbour 
Oops! Dan Barbour, president, Official chapter, Florida Gulf Coast University

 

5:05

 

Comment From Fallon Martinez 
Syracuse unviersity, Fallon Martinez (President), getting started

 

5:05

 

Comment From Guest 
Elmhurst College, Tracy Hefferan Co-President, Official

 

5:05

 

Comment From Kylie Streng 
East Carolina University, Kylie Streng President, Getting Started

 

5:05

 

Comment From Emily Riepenhoff 
Xavier University, President, Getting Started

 

5:05

 

Comment From Alison Burke 
Univ of Connecticut

 

5:05

 

Comment From Jennifer Schwartz 
Binghamton University

 

5:05

 

Comment From Hugo Le Du 
University of Michigan, Hugo Le Du, Social Media Coordinator, Official

 

5:05

 

Comment From Mark Tapia 
St. Louis University

 

5:05

 

Comment From Ray Sadri 
Cal State Fullerton, Ray Sadri, Vice-President, Official.

 

5:05

 

Comment From Jaclyn Sessel 
Boston University

 

5:05

 

Comment From William Clements 
Montgomery College William Clements (president ) we are getting started

 

5:05

 

Comment From Rebecca Cook 
Rebecca Cook, Manhattan College, President, Soon to be

 

5:05

 

Comment From Lauren Olsen 
Marywood University, Lauren Olsen, Preident, Official

 

5:05

 

Comment From Blake Griffin 
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Vice President - offical Chapter, hows everyone?

 

5:05

 

Comment From Blake Hartgraves 
Texas A&M University, Blake Hartgraves, Membership, soon to be official

 

5:05

 

Comment From Mariah Cole 
western Michigan university, president

 

5:05

 

Comment From Maeve McCartin 
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, VP, official

 

5:05

 

Comment From ashley finch 
Ashley Finch, treasurer of the Liberty University chapter

 

5:06

 

Thanks for the roll call! We received numerous questions from chapters and compiled the most frequently asked ones into the Q&A.

 

5:06

 

Please follow along for the ENTIRE HOUR.

 

5:06

 

Afterwards, go through the transcript, click the links to view the items discussed and PRINT off a copy to share with the e-board.

 

5:06

 

Tomorrow, we will post a link to the Q&A transcript on the Autism Speaks U Facebook page (facebook.com/AutismSpeaksU).

 

5:07

 

We will now cover these 5 topics and ask for your feedback.

 

5:07

 

1. How to increase meeting attendance.
2. How to keep members engaged year-round.
3. How to best start meetings.
4. How to educate members.
5. How to set and meet goals.

 

5:07

 

Remember, your question might be another chapter’s question, or your best idea might work on another campus.

 

5:07

 

When entering in a response, include the name of your college/university, so other chapters can reach out if they have questions.

 

5:07

 

Let’s begin!

 

5:07

 

Topic #1: HOW TO INCREASE MEETING ATTENDANCE

 

5:07

 

Below are 6 ways to increase meeting attendance:

 

5:07

 

1. Be 5 steps ahead. Before school starts, have the e-board and general meetings planned, so students can mark their calendars. Pick a reoccurring date and time to host meetings, so it is easier for students to remember.

 

5:08

 

2. Send out a group text. Some students don’t have access to email all day. A few hours before each meeting, send a mass text to remind students. In each text, ask everyone to forward the message on to 5 friends.

 

5:08

 

Remember students don’t open every email, but they open every text! Use the free group messaging service GroupMe -http://groupme.com.

 

5:08

 

3. Offer incentives. What do college students LOVE? 
Free food, t-shirts and drinks. Offer pizza, snacks or baked goods at your first chapter meeting to get students in the door.

 

5:08

 

Apply for funding through the school to pay for meeting and chapter supplies (such as printing, food, wristbands, etc.).

 

5:09

 

Also, reach out to local businesses to ask them to donate items. Download the Media & Sponsorship Guide at http://bit.ly/SjzZJAand use the sample sponsorship packet.

 

5:09

 

4. Contact academic departments. 
Go beyond the club fair and reach out to the department heads in Psychology, Speech & Hearing, Special Education and Communication Disorders. Ask them to send an email to their list serv announcing the time, date and location of the chapter’s meetings.

 

5:09

 

Get sample email copy to provide to the department heads athttp://bit.ly/Qlzygl.

 

5:09

 

5.Get the word out. 
Flyer around campus and in campus stores, restaurants and libraries. Include “tear-offs” at the bottom of each flyer with a contact number, email address and Facebook page for the chapter.

 

5:09

 

Download a sample meeting flyer at http://bit.ly/ui5Zxj.

 

5:10

 

6. Table on campus! 
Set up a table in the school’s student center or a high traffic area and pass out information about the chapter. Attract people over to your table by handing out blue candy attached to chapter fact cards.

 

5:10

 

See how the Autism Speaks U chapter at Boston College enticed students to stop by their table at the student involvement fair.

 

5:10

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5:10

 

Who doesn't love candy?!

 

5:10

 

See how SUNY Oswego made blue rice crispy treats to hand out.

 

5:11

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5:11

 

QUESTION: 
Aside from Facebook and flyering, how has your chapter successfully promoted meetings?

When entering in a response, include the name of your college/university

 

5:13

 

Please submit your ideas as to how you have successfully promoted your chapter meetings.

 

5:13

 

Comment From Madison Economos 
SUNY New Paltz: We have a club and involvement fair at the beginning of each semester, and our e-board has a table for people to sign up and leave their e-mail. Then we follow up with e-mails about meetings and future events.

 

5:14

 

Comment From Michelle Todd 
We have participated in a couple of activity fairs on campus! (University of Minnesota- Twin Cities)

 

5:14

 

Comment From Guest 
Stonehill College. We have also used candy as an incentive.

 

5:14

 

Comment From Guest 
Billboards and radio IPFW Lisa Quach

 

5:14

 

Comment From Kayla Chesanek 
University of South Florida promoted by using our tvs located around campus with flyers, we also were active at the Week of Welcome for new and returning students.

 

5:14

 

Comment From Ray Sadri 
Cal State Fullerton, we found a small bakery to sponsor our first event and in return we advertised her bakery. She baked us cupcakes and cake pops!

 

5:14

 

Comment From Sarah Chaisson 
UNC: We had pizza at our interest meetings. For one meeting, we were scheduled a room in a really bad location (in a new part of a building on campus and nobody could find it), so afterward we took the leftover pizza in the middle of the pit (high traffic area) and gave out pizza and fliers, inviting people to come to our meeting the next night.

 

5:14

 

Comment From Tina 
Our recruiter is going to classrooms and talking about the organization.

 

5:14

 

Comment From Blake Hartgraves 
We are having a profit share at a popular restaurant near campus to raise funds and to spread the news that we are a new organization on campus. (Texas A&M University)

 

5:15

 

Comment From Guest 
Stonehill College. Also, we set up a table in the dining commons from time to time and pass out flyers.

 

5:15

 

Comment From Heather Salvo 
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee- We emailed professors of courses we thought may have students interested in joining and asked if we could come speak to their class. We are still working on this but I believe it will be successful.

 

5:15

 

Comment From Blake Griffin 
UW-Whitewater has LCD televisions throughout campus that we were able to make powerpoint slides for that run on and off throughout the day. Best of all it is free and is helping us maintain a consident Brand on campus.

 

5:15

 

Comment From Meredith Coleman 
Western Kentucky University- emails and texts

 

5:15

 

Comment From Hannah Khederian 
Miami University - Going around to freshman/sophomore residence halls and even classrooms and talking and encouraging people to come join us. It's much more personal!

 

5:15

 

Comment From Jigar Shah 
University of California, Irvine- We poster around campus with meeting times and have information tabling once a week where we promote meetings for new members to stop by. We also place posters around the dining areas on campus.

 

5:15

 

Comment From Jessica Smithson 
Slippery Rock University. We have a bulletin board in our education building where we post about meetings and events.

 

5:15

 

Comment From Philip Bender SUNY Albany 
SUNY Albany: Dorm storming, contacting departments to use listservs (education, psych, etc.), a LOT of tabling in/around/near dining areas at high traffic times. Texts, e-mails, and personalized invites (similar to the candy idea used in above picture, but we hand them door to door/tape them up with meeting info)

 

5:15

 

Comment From Nicole Giles 
Gettysburg College. We have a Student Digest that gets sent to all students every day through email that we can promote our meetings through

 

5:15

 

Comment From Amanda Ravenstein 
Pittsburg State University We have posted flyers around campus and had chalk writing on the pavement.

 

5:15

 

Comment From Devin Minor 
University of Wisconsin La Crosse, We are currently doing many of the things you are suggesting, and so far it seems to be going well. We'll have our first meeting tomorrow.

 

5:15

 

Comment From Jessica Taylor 
Case Western Reserve University, sending out an informative newsletter to our mailing list that is easy to read and gets straight to the point

 

5:15

 

Comment From Mark Tapia 
Mark Tapia, like I said other than flyers, nothing much. A very slow process

 

5:16

 

Comment From Jackie Mortillaro 
Xavier University; Facebook/Twitter/Emails. Table passing out information with cookies!

 

5:16

 

Comment From Madeline Ogden 
madeline ogden-mary baldwin college-make announcements at student senate every week

 

5:16

 

Comment From Dan Barbour 
Florida Gulf Coast University: We have found that working with other service oriented organizations on our campus has inreased our own membership.

 

5:16

 

Comment From Tracy Hefferan 
Elmhurst College - for our first meeting, we partnered with our Best Buddies organization and had a pizza party information session. This gave us an opportunity to recruit members from people interested in both of the clubs and as it was said, who doesn't love free food?

 

5:16

 

Comment From Mo Green 
University of Michigan- Email current members, ask professors to make announcements in class and the use of activity fairs on campus

 

5:16

 

Comment From Melanie (Kaplan U) 
Kaplan U (we haven't had any meetings yet, but we have used email to promote our first meeting)

 

5:16

 

Comment From Olivia Singleton 
Armstrong Atlantic State University: we have set up tables in high traffic areas on campus and given out candy as well. We also give out information about meetings at every event and/or fundraiser that we hold.

 

5:16

 

Comment From Kayla Carter - Towson Uni 
Towson University - We used the Daily Digest, an email that updates the campus about events

 

5:16

 

Comment From Nicole Weaver 
At Wilkes University, we passed out fact sheets and blue cookies for our university's Club Day. We had over 70 people sign up for our club! We also had students bring their friends to our first interest meeting.

 

5:16

 

Comment From William Clements 
From Montgomery College and you can successfully promote by submitting an article to the school newspaper

 

5:16

 

Comment From Aubrey Cooper 
University of Utah- We have done mass emails and used a website called whenisgood.net to determine the best time for a meeting. We have gotten some ppl to attend, but would like more

 

5:17

 

Comment From Elinor Chambers 
We have printed out facts and talked about all the different ways to get involved with Autism Speaks at our campus Activities Expo. There was also candy. [Tulane University]

 

5:17

 

Comment From Nel-Sylvia Guzman 
I know our chapter discussed going to class rooms in the Speech & Path and Special Education departments and writing on their board a small message announcing meeting dates (WVU)

 

5:17

 

Comment From Kylie Streng 
East Carolina University, we have recently reached out to the various clubs and teams we are all individually involved in and have gotten the word out that way!

 

5:17

 

Comment From Ray Sadri 
Cal State Fullerton, We made labels about our club and our events and put them on water bottles and handed them out to students.

 

5:17

 

Comment From Rebecca Cook 
(Manhattan College) We had great luck at our activities fair as well and also bold flyers around campus worked well!

 

5:17

 

Comment From Meredith Coleman 
Western Kentucky University- we are also going to all the sorority and fraternity meetings on campus to talk to them about joining

 

5:17

 

Comment From Mariah Cole 
went to few first year student events and follow with an email to the people who came.

 

5:17

 

Comment From Maeve 
UIUC: we attended a freshmen welcome fair, as well as the university's quad day. We also contacted department heads to send emails out to students.

 

5:17

 

Comment From Megan Pruitt 
Texas Christian University- We are planning on making announcements in classes and club meetings that may have people in them that would be interested

 

5:17

 

Comment From Lamees E. 
Texas A&M University. We contacted a campus fraternity whose philanthropy is Autism Speaks and invited them to our first ever general meeting. Also, our advisor teaches in the psychology department and informed her students about the organization, and many were interested. Regarding the funding, for those campuses who are big on football games, our campus has a clean-up program where student organizations can help clean the football field the day after a game for a few hundred dollars. :)

 

5:17

 

Comment From Amanda Qadado 
Virginia Tech--We have had Autism Speaks U bracelets at our recruitment table in the past.

 

5:18

 

Comment From Collin Cannon 
University of Northern Colorado - Facebook, emails, school fairs. We are playing with the idea of Twitter hashtags and school advertising on TVs and computers

 

5:18

 

Comment From Guest 
John Carroll U. We have also set up tables with candy!

 

5:18

 

Comment From Kaleigh Gontis 
Slippery Rock University. We also had a booth at an organizational and passed out cards listing our first meeting time. It was small enough that students could easily carry it away and mark it on their calendar.

 

5:18

 

Comment From Hillary Contreras 
University of Texas: We go to organization fairs that our schools holds. We're trying to get on email servers for our school to increase membership, and the school newspaper.

 

5:18

 

Comment From Britt Mills 
Elon University: among other things, we found that by partnering with Disability Services and the Special Education department, we have gained a lot new members

 

5:18

 

Comment From Philip Bender SUNY Albany 
SUNY Albany: We also reach out to the Greek orgs that have Autism Speaks as a philanthropy!

 

5:18

 

Comment From Amanda 
University of Michigan-Dearborn--go to professors and classes to announce especially the professors in biology

 

5:18

 

Comment From Alison Burke 
At UConn were making use of academic list Servs to send emails out to specific colleges and majors we think would be interested. We had a really great turn out just for that at our first meeting last night

 

5:18

 

Comment From Jaclyn Sessel 
Boston University, we use Facebook to promote events, e-mails as reminders, and plan to promote at student tables and fundraising events within the area

 

5:19

 

Next topic....

 

5:19

 

Topic 2: HOW TO KEEP MEMBERS ENGAGED YEAR-ROUND

 

5:19

 

It is very important to stay in constant contact with chapter members throughout the year. Here are 4 tips on how to do so.

 

5:19

 

1. At each meeting, take down everyone’s contact information (both their cell number AND email address, as some prefer texts instead of emails). Compile all of the information into a Google spreadsheet that the Secretary constantly updates.

 

5:19

 

2. Have the Secretary email meetings minutes within 12 hours of the meeting. Then, compile the meeting minutes into a Google Word doc. and post the link on the chapter’s Facebook page.

 

5:20

 

3. Have the Recruitment Chair call new members who attend each meeting to thank them for coming and invite them to the next meeting. Ask for their input on what they would like to see at future meetings and events. A phone call can go a long way!

 

5:20

 

4. Have your members get to know each other! Plan team building exercises, like a group bowling trip, barbecue/potluck, group hike, paintball outing, etc. Discuss chapter logistics at the beginning and then relax and have fun!

 

5:20

 

QUESTION: What are ways your chapter keeps members involved year round?
When entering in a response, first include the name of your college/university.

 

5:21

 

Comment From Blake Griffin 
UW Whitewater - we are also targeting greek life organizations that need to fullfill community service hours and are inviting them to join our organization, he have got a lot of new members from this, I recommend everyone look into this

 

5:21

 

Comment From Ashley Finch 
Liberty University: We made announcements in our classes announcing our meeting, and we also sent out a mass email the day of the meeting to everyone who put their name down for more information. We also contacted a few different departments to get the word out about our meetings. We also set up a table at the club fair and passed out candy and information.

 

5:21

 

Comment From Jennifer Bennett 
Mizzou - this year we're volunteering with some local autism groups; we also dedicate our last meeting of the year to helping members find out how they can stay involved in their hometowns.

 

5:21

 

Comment From Madeline Ogden 
mary baldwin college-consistent meeting times and frequent events to keep interest high

 

5:21

 

Comment From Amanda 
University of Michigan-Dearborn--we have year long pen pal activity where each member writes and keeps in touch with an autistic child in high school

 

5:21

 

Comment From Guest 
duke-keeping them updated with what eboard is up to,making them apart of club decisions

 

5:22

 

Comment From Kylie Streng 
East Carolina University, Since we are just starting out, the members we currently have are very enthusiastic about staying on board and recruiting new people!

 

5:22

 

Comment From Mia Rhoades 
Slippery Rock University: We have found that a great way to get students to come to our meetings (only had one thus far this semester) is through email, text messages, and our FaceBook page.

 

5:22

 

Comment From Hillary Contreras 
University of Texas: Facebook! I think that's our biggest tool in keeping in touch. We also have weekly meetings even if it's just to say hello and catch up.

 

5:22

 

Comment From Mo Green 
University of Michigan- We supply food and drinks at our meetings and have many events that engage our members such as basketball tournaments, bar nights and karaoke nights that also double as fundraisers

 

5:22

 

Comment From Sarah Chaisson 
We break up into committees and make sure that everyone has a specific job after the general body meetings. Everyone feels like an integral part of the club that way, and feels like they're contributing to the success of our events.

 

5:22

 

Comment From Philip Bender SUNY Albany 
SUNY Albany: Social events (food, hang outs, moviE nights, whatever), a lot of follow up and contact. We are trying to bring in some engaging speakers (researchers, CARD members, etc.) We also try to get out on campus, as a group, so that members feel involved in the org

 

5:22

 

Comment From Madison Economos 
SUNY New Paltz. We have monthly meetings and try to have events that follow up the meetings. This way, we are planning for something and it gives them something to look forward to. Also frequent e-mail updates and facebook page updates

 

5:22

 

Comment From Meredith Coleman 
Western Kentucky University- we are just starting out, but so far we have had several meetings about recruitment and getting our name out there! we have also created a facebook group

 

5:23

 

Comment From Kayla Chesanek 
USF - we have a consistant schedule and we also speak over our Facebook page and through activities on campus.

 

5:23

 

Comment From Elinor Chambers 
Tulane University. We try to provide many different opportunities to get involved, based on what members are really interested in, i.e. advocacy, baby-sitting/working with kids with Autism, bar nights, movie nights, Autism Speaks walk, etc.

 

5:23

 

Comment From Jennifer Schwartz 
Binghamton University: this is our first year, but I think making the meetings fun instead of work-like is really important. Also try to get to know people in the general body, don't make it like eboard Vs. the rest of the group. If people are happy at the meetinvolved.ings they will probably stay

 

5:23

 

Comment From Nicole Giles 
Gettysburg College. We update our facebook page so that they will keep getting notifications about the club or organization even when there is not a meeting that week

 

5:23

 

Comment From Amanda Qadado 
Virginia Tech--we send out many email reminders and keep our facebook page up to date.

 

5:23

 

Comment From Maeve 
UIUC: this is our second year as an official organization. we are sending out emails and updating our facebook page as much as possible. interested to hear how other schools keep members involved!

 

5:23

 

Comment From Hannah Khederian 
Miami University - I know last year we did a Baseball Game fundraiser where we sold hotdogs. It was a good way to fundraise and get our organization out there, but you also get to go to the baseball game with all the members and increase group bonding.

 

5:23

 

Comment From Guest 
Stonehill College. We participate in local autism groups, hold events that provide entertainment for club members in support of Autism speaks, and let each club member openly suggest ideas for new things to do and try out either at the weekly meetings or through email.

 

5:23

 

Comment From Jaclyn Sessel 
Boston University - keep members as informed as possible, take member's feedback on events they would like to be a part of, attending big group events for a sense of unity and smaller intimate ones for bonding

 

5:24

 

Comment From Mariah Cole 
Western Michigan University - we send out email regularly to update people on events. We have at least one event a month.

 

5:24

 

Comment From Jigar Shah 
University of California, Irvine- We provide food at meetings, we hang out and have socials with the members. We also have speakers come in and speak as well as parents who have children with autism.

 

5:24

 

Comment From Tracy Hefferan 
Elmhurst College - we're keeping our meetings to 30 minutes and having a google doc to share with all members to have them choose the tasks they are helping out with for each event. We're hoping this keeps our members more engaged and responsible. We also have some unique volunteer opportunities to get involved with.

 

5:24

 

Comment From Olivia Singleton 
Armstrong Atlantic State University: we have created a position that we call fellowship chair who is in charge of planning and coordination of all social activities so that all the members can get to know each other more personally. We also give out raffle tickets when a member comes to a meeting or event and at the end of the year we will have a drawing. Its gives an incentive to come to meetings and events because the more you participate the more tickets you receive and the better your chance to win.

 

5:24

 

Comment From Amanda Ravenstein 
Pittsburg State University. We are a new chapter but as of right now it looks like, with the activities that are planned, that we will not have a problem keeping members interested.

 

5:24

 

Comment From Jessica Smithson 
Slippery Rock- We are planning to have meetings and an event once a month to keep members active in the chapter. We also have 4 different committees that have their own meetings which also helps keep members engaged.

 

5:24

 

Comment From Michelle Todd 
We are just starting out at the University of Minnesota but we are looking to start committees. We will have each member choose what committee they would like to be on and that way they will feel like they have a crucial role in the planning of events and other aspects of the group.

 

5:24

 

Comment From Ray Sadri 
Cal State Fullerton, we have a point system. To remain an active member they'll need to acquire a certain amount of points. And instead of doing a lot of different events, We're having one big event and two small ones.

 

5:24

 

Comment From Jigar Shah 
University of California Irvine- We have some speakers come in that can provide internships/volunteer opportunities to the members, because that is what a lot of members want (experience).

 

5:25

 

Comment From Tina IPFW 
We send out emails and keep the facebook page updated with what we are doing.

 

5:25

 

Comment From Andy Byun 
penn state: we have events, such as hayrides, outside of our general mission events

 

5:25

 

Comment From Alison Burke 
This year at UConn being our second year we are going to create committees to keep members constantly involved and involved in an aspect they want to choose

 

5:25

 

Comment From Blake Griffin 
UW - Whitewater is going to be having a Pancake Breakfast at a local church close to campus that will double as a funraiser and interest builder

 

5:25

 

Comment From Nicole Weaver 
Wilkes University: We will hold meetings every other Tuesday until we are closer to events. We plan on volunteering in the community with a local autism organization, and reaching out to other clubs on campus.

 

5:25

 

Comment From Devin Minor 
University of Wisconsin La Crosse-- we have speakers who are affected by autism come in. We send email reminders a few nights before meetings.

 

5:26

 

Now Topic 3: HOW TO BEST START MEETINGS

 

5:26

 

Before going into the “laundry list” of to-do items, take a few minutes for members to get to know each other.

 

5:26

 

Begin each meeting by asking members (new and returning) to share their personal connection to autism (i.e. family member or friend on the autism spectrum, volunteered or worked with individuals on the autism spectrum, want to pursue a career in the field, etc.).

 

5:26

 

This allows everyone to open up and tell their story. 

Having members know each other’s personal connection, allows them to stay connected and invested in the chapter.

 

5:27

 

QUESTION: How does your chapter start meetings, or do you have tips for how members can get to know each other?

When entering in a response, first include the name of your college/university

 

5:28

 

Comment From Nicole Giles 
Gettysburg College. Icebreakers are cheesy but they usually work to help new members learn each others's names.

 

5:28

 

Comment From Philip Bender SUNY Albany 
SUNY Albany: We like to recap the last meeting, and then we go into upcoming events. Then we like to throw it open for questions/comment/suggestions from the general membership.

 

5:28

 

Comment From Olivia Singleton 
Armstrong Atlantic State University-We always have some sort of refreshments at meetings so this gives people some time to eat and socialize. And before getting into the business side of the meeting we have either guest speakers, a video, or interesting facts.

 

5:28

 

Comment From Guest 
duke-video/news/go ahead and asking our members to like something on fb go to a link on their laptop

 

5:28

 

Comment From Jessica Smithson 
Slippery Rock- We opened our very first chapter meeting this year by introducing ourselves, telling a little bit about who we are, our positions and what our duties are. I (president) also said the Autism Speaks U mission for those new members to learn a little bit more about what we do.

 

5:28

 

Comment From Elinor Chambers 
Tulane University: We also start out by going around the room and introducing ourselves (name, year, major, connection to Austism/reason for joining the club), before going into our goals for the semester.

 

5:29

 

Comment From Mo Green 
University of Michigan- We typically start our meetings by asking new members to introduce themselves and explain why our club is interesting to them before listing the agenda for the rest of the meeting

 

5:29

 

Comment From Madison Economos 
SUNY New Paltz. We have not done this in the past, but are going to start by having an e-board member share a story or fact about autism. This way, the members can really feel a connection to what we are about to discuss. We may play video clips or just summarize an article.

 

5:29

 

Comment From Kayla Chesanek 
USF - we created a discussion board thread on our page. This allows students to write down their major and year in school and to get to know members. We start the meetings by revisiting our goals from the previous meeting to see if we accomplished them!

 

5:29

 

Comment From Guest 
John Carroll U: We start meetings with an Ice breaker too then recap of the last weeks minutes to inform anyone who might have missed the last one.

 

5:29

 

Comment From Heather Whitley 
Kaplan U--most of the students are online and usually show up about 15-20 minutes prior to any kind of meeting and we have "chat" time to get to know each other and find out how everyone's day/week has gone

 

5:29

 

Comment From Olivia Thiemann 
Ohio State University- We start with pizza and pop and introductions. Most of the time we say how we are affected by autism and how long we have been a part of the organization. Meeting new members is best in committees or small group activities during meetings.

 

5:29

 

Comment From Guest 
Stonehill College- We take attendance and then ask any new members to share their connection to Autism and state the reason they wished to join the club or how they heard about us.

 

5:29

 

Comment From Devin Minor 
University of Wisconsin La Crosse- We've started our meetings with ice-breakers to get members interacting with one another.

 

5:29

 

Comment From Kelley Coleman 
University of Northern Colorado - For our first meeting, we went around the room stating our name, our year, some people stated their major, their personal connection/why they wanted to be a part of this group. we also asked people what they would like to see this group do.

 

5:29

 

Comment From Madeline Ogden 
mary baldwin- casual start of meetings lets everyone chat for a while before starting into the work service events throughout the year let members bond

 

5:29

 

Comment From Maeve 
UIUC: at our first meeting - we took a poll of how many people knew an individual with autism, worked with individuals with autism, and/or entering a career working with individuals with autism. at our next meeting - we plan to play a video for out members

 

5:30

 

Comment From Meredith Coleman 
Western Kentucky University- introductions of everyone in the room, talk about what we have all been up to, then fill them in about future events. ask for suggestions/comments

 

5:30

 

Comment From Jigar Shah 
University of California Irvine- We have ice breakers, we go around asking each member to state their name, major and how they heard about our club, and sometimes we play a quick jeopardy about autism (have two teams and the winning team gets candy).

 

5:30

 

Comment From Michelle Todd 
We've only had one official meeting so far, but we had the exec board introduce themselves and then everyone who was at a table introduced themselves to one another and share what they knew about autism. We also plan on having two members or exec board members share what inspired them to be a part of Autism Speaks U at each meeting.

 

5:30

 

Comment From Mariah Cole 
Western Michigan University- we do meet and great.

 

5:30

 

Comment From Britt Mills 
Elon University: we have always started our first meeting by having all new members introduce themselves and tell how they are affected by autism and/or why they chose to join the organization. We also include an interesting article or video to stir discussion within the group

 

5:30

 

Comment From Blake Hartgraves 
Texas A&M University. A small ice breaker such as a short "speed dating" questionnaire with silly questions such as "if you were a flavor of ice cream, what would you be and why?"

 

5:30

 

Comment From Amanda Qadado 
Virginia Tech -- we begin with updates on all our fundraisers/volunteer opportunities and typically have a guest speaker talk.

 

5:30

 

Comment From Aubrey Cooper 
Utah- We started our first meeting with the ready made powerpoint on autismspeaks.org/u. That gave everyone a better idea of what autism speaks u is about

 

5:30

 

Comment From Tracy Hefferan 
Elmhurst College: for our first meeting we had all our members share their year/major, connections to autism, and any resources they may have to help us network to different organizations (on campus or in the community). We also do a recap and are going to try an "Autism in the news" beginning. Then get into the tasks we need completed for our events.

 

5:31

 

Comment From Jennifer Perkins 
Kaplan U, Because we are an online establishment I think it is great to start off by asking a "getting to know you" type of question and starting the meeting off that way

 

5:31

 

Comment From Lamees E. 
Texas A&M University. We'll start off by introducing the organization (since we're new on campus), introducing ourselves, and then presenting a short ppt on autism/the organization/etc. Afterwards we plan on having an icebreaker!

 

5:31

 

Comment From Jennifer Bennett 
Mizzou - we have new members and old members share their personal connection to autism

 

5:31

 

Comment From Jaclyn Sessel 
Boston University - for our first meeting we will do introductions w/ autism connection & then maybe a fun icebreaker or an inspirational video! I really like the PPT idea. Food always helps meetings

 

5:31

 

Comment From Andy Byun 
Penn State: for our first meeting, we asked members about their concerns and comments, and we are planning on beginning each meeting that way

 

5:32

 

Now...Topic 4: HOW TO EDUCATE MEMBERS

 

5:32

 

The million dollar question….

 

5:32

 

How do you get everyone in the chapter to REALLY CARE about what you are working so hard to accomplish?

 

5:32

 

Most importantly, students need to understand what autism is and the organization they are supporting.

 

5:32

 

We don’t expect you to be an autism expert, but we ask that you pass out information and start a discussion!

 

5:32

 

Here are 6 ways to educate members:

 

5:33

 

1. At the beginning of the meeting, pass out Autism Speaks U fact sheets (download at http://bit.ly/xfmwGf).

 

5:33

 

2. Show don’t tell. 
Play this short video (http://bit.ly/OCLzzf) as it serves an overview and introduction to Autism Speaks

 

5:33

 

3. Play this 60 second clip (http://bit.ly/NWocO4).
It shows a challenge that some individuals on the autism spectrum face every day.

 

5:33

 

Then discuss the members’ reactions to the clip, and brainstorm ways to raise autism awareness.

 

5:33

 

4. Reach out to your Autism Speaks contact to have him/her or a Committee Member, speak or Skype into a meeting to answer questions and put a “face” to the organization.

 

5:34

 

5. Have an iPhone or Android? Download the Autism Speaks app (http://bit.ly/Pue8Oz). 

It has the latest news and daily posts from the Autism Speaks blog to share at the beginning of each meeting and on the chapter’s Facebook page.

 

5:34

 

TIP: Have the Secretary or VP be in charge of brining one newsworthy article to each chapter meeting. Share it with the group and open up the topic for a 5 minute discussion.

 

5:34

 

This helps members to connect to the cause and keeps them engaged and enthused when talking about chapter logistics like whose flyering, signing up to table or volunteer.

 

5:34

 

6. Throughout the year, use the chapter’s Facebook page to keep members informed about what is happening with the chapter and the larger autism community.

 

5:35

 

TIP: Post new content at least 2-3 times a week. “Like” the Autism Speaks U, Autism Speaks and the closest Walk Now for Autism Speaks Facebook pages and share their content on your chapter’s page and at meetings!

 

5:35

Would it help your chapter to educate members to discuss a newsworthy topic at the beginning of each meeting?
Yes

 

 ( 98% )

No

 

 ( 2% )

 

5:37

 

Look like every chapter is going to start off each meeting with an article. GREAT!

Remember to use the Autism Speaks app or the Autism Speaks U, Autism Speaks or local Walk Now for Autism Speaks Facebook pages to get content to share!

 

5:37

 

Last topic and then we'll open up to a Q&A

 

5:37

 

Topic 5: HOW TO SET & MEET GOALS

 

5:37

 

Every summer, chapters set membership and fundraising goals for the upcoming school year.

 

5:37

 

It is very important for the chapter’s e-board to SHARE THESE GOALS with the members, so everyone can work TOGETHER to meet and exceed them.

 

5:38

 

If the chapter is aiming to secure 25 new members in fall and raise $5,000 let members know how they can help the chapter hit its goals.

 

5:38

 

At meetings, inform members how close the chapter is to hitting its goals and how their hard work has paid off.

 

5:38

 

One chapter made a thermometer “cut out” and brought it to each meeting to show their progress.

 

5:38

 

Here are 4 more ideas:

 

5:38

 

1. Ask all current members to bring one new person to the next meeting. These new faces can become potential members.

 

5:39

 

2. Have members ask their professors if they can make an announcement at the beginning of class to let students know about the next chapter meeting/event. Have interested students raise their hands and give them a meeting/event flyer.

 

5:39

 

3. Ask members in other clubs to speak with that club’s president to see how your groups can co-host an event together.

 

5:39

 

A few great clubs to start with include Best Buddies, Psychology/Education/Speech & Hearing Clubs, NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association) and service fraternities like Alpha Chi Omega and Phi Delta Kappa.

 

5:39

 

If the fraternity, Theta Delta Chi, or sorority Alpha Xi Delta, are on your campus contact them as their national philanthropy is Autism Speaks!

 

5:39

 

4. If the chapter is aiming to raise $1,000 at a benefit concert by selling 100 tickets for $10/each, have each member bring 3 friends, so 25 members are brining 75 additional people and the chapter hits its fundraising goal.

 

5:40

 

QUESTION: How has your chapter asked members to help reach its goals?
When entering in a response, first include the name of your college/university

 

5:40

 

Comment From Guest 
When it comes to advertising for your chapter, don't limit yourself to just campus media.

 

5:41

 

Comment From Nel-Sylvia 
(WVU) We have members bringing friends to the meetings, I have even seen members post it on their own Twitters and Facebooks

 

5:41

 

Comment From Mark Tapia 
St. Louis University, asking to please donate

 

5:41

 

Comment From Kaleigh Gontis 
Slippery Rock University. We have asked members of our chapter to break up into specific committees to ensure that tasks and goals can be broken up. Everyone has a part and feels involved.

 

5:41

 

Comment From Megan Pruitt 
Texas Christian University - We are having people tell all of their friends about it and having members that are in sororities reach out to all of their different chapters' members

 

5:42

 

Comment From Guest 
Be creative at all times! Start with a typical idea and put your flare on it.

 

5:42

 

Comment From Madeline Ogden 
mary baldwin college-with a new e-board this year, we made goals with all the members so we are able to do what they want not just what the board wants

 

5:42

 

Comment From Guest 
Reach out to news and radio stations! It's great publicity for your chapter and Autism Speaks U.

 

5:42

 

Comment From Jaclyn Sessel 
Boston University - for the upcoming Autism Walk our chapter is participating in we have a Facebook page updated regularly and our President sends out encouraging e-mail updates of how close we are

 

5:42

 

Comment From Kayla Chesanek 
USF - we asked members to bring friends to their meeting and to talk about it on social media sites

 

5:42

 

Comment From Madison Economos 
SUNY New Paltz. We have had individual members sell bracelets or reach out to their families/communities for donations. But, as far as raising money for larger events, we are using word of mouth, flyers, tabling, etc.

 

5:42

 

Comment From Elinor Chambers 
Tulane University: We do a lot of networking. Social capital is a great tool, especially when it comes to large events like the upcoming walk in New Orleans. Members that are in sororities and frats form teams and raise a great deal of money for the cause.

 

5:42

 

Comment From Olivia Singleton 
Armstrong Atlantic State University- We tell members to bring friends to events and meetings and as an incentive the one who brings the most friends gets a small prize. Same with whoever raises the most money. We have noticed that a little competition drives people to try harder.

 

5:42

 

Comment From Sarah Chaisson 
UNC: We've asked our members to name a few other organizations they're in and compiled a list. We asked those members to contact the person in charge of that organization by a certain date to see if either the leader could make an announcement about our September fundraiser, or if that member of Autism Speaks U-UNC could go to their next meeting/chapter to announce the event.

 

5:43

 

Comment From Mo Green 
University of Michigan- We've asked members to invite their friends to meetings and events and also asked them to reach out to any of their other extracurricular groups to help bring people and donations

 

5:43

 

Comment From Amanda Ravenstein 
Pittsburg State University. We have asked members to tell their friends about the chapter and invite them to attend meetings for more information. Memberre also posting on Faceok and Twitter about upcoming events.

 

5:43

 

Comment From Guest 
JOHN CARROLL U. We have our members use social media: posting statuses, tweeting etc

 

5:43

 

Comment From Jessica Taylor 
Case Western Reserve University: put on fun and unique events unlike anything else on campus

 

5:43

 

Comment From Meredith Coleman 
Western Kentucky University- having people tell their friends about it and classmates

 

5:43

 

Comment From Devin Minor 
University of Wisconsin La Crosse- we haven't had a general meeting yet, but we will certainly be sharing our fundraising goals. We also ask members to share Autism Speaks U info on their facebook pages.

 

5:43

 

Comment From Andy Byun 
Penn State: the individual committees will set goals to reach pertaining to their committee's mission...each month they will revisit these goals.

 

5:43

 

Comment From Amanda Qadado 
Virginia Tech -- We make Facebook events about all our fundraisers which helps spread the word a lot. We are also in close relations with Theta Delta Chi and have been working with them.

 

5:43

 

Comment From Dan Barbour 
FGCU: we ask them to utilize friends and family to broaden our reach

 

5:43

 

Comment From AASU 
We like to how our members that they are WAY more than just a number. Even though everyone can't be on the exec board, everyone can bring an idea toward any event.

 

5:44

 

Comment From Jessica Smithson 
Slippery Rock- We went over our goals for the first semester with the chapter and our fundraising chair knows what the money goals are for each fundraising event so she is able to pass this along to her committee, as well as the sponsorship chair and her committee. This way everyone is on board and knows exactly what we are striving to accomplish.

 

5:44

 

Comment From Nicole Weaver 
Wilkes University: We will create PSA's for our university's radio station, TV station, and also the local TV station that reaches out to the community. We will also post banners and flyers when events are approaching. I have also asked our members to post on their Facebooks for events and meetings.

 

5:44

 

Comment From Kayla Carter - Towson Uni 
Towson - We created 4 committees so that everyone is involved! We also give out Birthday Cards!

 

5:44

 

Comment From Guest 
Stonehill College- We ask members to get friends or family involved in fundraising events, and to attend as many events we hold as possible. Also, encouraging members to share their individual thoughts on new fundraising ideas is important.

 

5:45

 

Comment From Blake Griffin 
Uw-whitwater -- be active in your community and talk to all businesses in your area about how they can, even if they cant donate they usually are more than happy to mention what we are doing so word of mouth is very important

 

5:45

 

Comment From AASU 
Just because you start advertising on campus, doesn't mean that's where you have to end.

 

5:45

 

Comment From Maeve 
UIUC: we ask members to let their friends know about all of our events and we expect members to attend our major fundraisers and awareness events. we always ask our members for feedback after our events

 

5:45

 

Comment From AASU 
Get the community involved as much as possible and it won't be so challenging to raise money or to get the word out about your chapter.

 

5:45

 

Comment From Mariah Cole 
Western Michigan University - have members show up to fun raising events.

 

5:45

Do you prefer attending a monthly Facebook Q&A or would you rather have a monthly conference call?
Conference call

 

 ( 6% )

Facebook Q&A

 

 ( 94% )

 

5:46

 

Comment From Lamees E. 
Texas A&M University. For fundraising goals - We'll have sign-ups so members can help us run our fundraising/awareness booths on campus. Also, members will help us make things such as blue and white bracelets, taping candy to Save the Date cards, etc. for future sale or free distribution at our on-campus booths.

 

5:46

 

Comment From Ray Sadri 
Cal State Fullerton, we tell our members to invite friends and family to our meets and events.

 

5:46

 

Comment From Lamees E. 
Texas A&M University - Also, members will definitely get psyched about inviting their friends to our profit shares at near-campus popular restaurants.

 

5:47

 

Now, let’s open this up to Q&A. Please enter any questions that we will open up to all of the chapters and include your college/university.

 

5:47

 

Comment From AASU (Savannah, GA) 
For our meeting this Friday, we are giving a FREE gift card to the person that brings the most members with them. CREATIVITY goes a LONG way!!!!

 

5:48

 

Comment From Nicole Giles 
What is everyone's favorite fundraising event their school does?

 

5:49

 

One of our favorites is CANNING - This is a REALLY EASY way to raise funds and spread the word about autism and the chapter.

To do this, stand outside store fronts, malls, near intersections and other locations holding cans and signs, asking passersby to donate money. This is a FUN way to spread the word and you want everyone to be cheerful, because people LOVE to donate to smiling faces. :)

 

5:49

 

This article includes tips from another campus that did "canning" for cancer and raised over $1k in ONE day! 

http://blog.huskython.org/so-what-exactly-is-canning-and-why-is-everyon-0

 

5:49

 

Comment From Nel-Sylvia 
(WVU) We had a big football tradition here at WVU so this year we are trying to have a tailgate and see how much we can raise for that.

 

5:49

 

Comment From Guest 
John Carroll U: We are going to host a flag football tournament in November and call it the "turkey bowl."

 

5:49

 

Comment From AASU (Savannah, GA) 
We, Armstrong Atlantic State University, likes to have people give us their old clothes, shoes and accessories and we sell them to local thrift stores for a profit for Autism Speaks U.

 

5:50

 

Comment From Philip Bender SUNY Albany 
Door to door bake sales!

 

5:50

 

Comment From Mia Rhoades 
Slippery Rock Univeristy: Our favorite event is the Spaghetti Dinner we host. It's been a great way to promote our club & besides, who could ever turn down a great meal for a low cost?! We had a silent auction there, a DJ, and a photo booth!

 

5:50

 

Comment From Hannah Khederian 
Miami University, our chapter does a 5K run (usually in the spring). You just really have to make sure to give yourself enough time to organize big events like that though. It wasn't as great when we did it in the fall.

 

5:50

 

Comment From Madeline Ogden 
mary baldwin-we participate in a campus event called apple day, essentially its a carnival and we have a booth there

 

5:50

 

Comment From Kayla Carter - Towson Uni 
Towson - We're hosting a Powder-puff game this semester

 

5:50

 

Comment From Olivia Singleton 
Armstrong Atlantic State University- My favorite is the walk for Autism that we have. Its like the Walk Now for Autism events that national has but on a much smaller scale. It is really fun to host and the people who participate have a good time as well.

 

5:51

 

Comment From Ray Sadri 
Cal State Fullerton, Nicole Giles- one of our popular events we do every semester is a bowling event. We rent out a few bowling lanes, have pizza and drinks donated to us, and have people pay an admissions fee. We also have a table set up with information on Autism Speaks, a donation bucket, and things to buy. The turn out is always great.

 

5:51

 

Comment From Madison Economos 
SUNY New Paltz. We are doing the "Autism Speaks: Dodge Brawl" in November, and going to pair with a club sport and fraternity to attract multiple groups of people and raise lots of money!

 

5:51

 

Comment From Elinor Chambers 
Tulane University: We do lots of bake sales, a bar night, movie nights, and an Autism Walk with a kickoff tailgate.

 

5:51

 

NEXT QUESTION....

 

5:52

 

Comment From Ray Sadri 
Cal State Fullerton, what are some creative ways to advertise for an event other than through social media and flyers?

 

5:52

 

Comment From Latoriya Young 
Armstrong Atlantic State University-Reach out to your local news and radio stations.

 

5:52

 

Comment From Philip Bender SUNY Albany 
Dorm storm with personal invites!

 

5:52

 

Comment From Kayla Carter - Towson Uni 
Towson - we chalk around campus... it gets a lot of attention! (just make sure to check the weather first)

 

5:53

 

Comment From Mo Green 
University of Michigan,We look to send e-mails to fraternities and sororities to try and incorporate greek life into our organization

 

5:53

 

Comment From Lamees E. 
Texas A&M University. Buy and paint a sandwich board and set it up somewhere on campus! :)

 

5:53

 

Comment From Meredith Coleman 
Western Kentucky University- we go and speak to other clubs/fraternities and sororities on campus

 

5:54

 

Comment From Tracy Hefferan 
Elmhurst College- We have display cases in our student center and decorate those with information about Autism and our events. We are also planning on chalking and getting on the radio station. We've also gotten an article in our school newspaper.

 

5:54

 

Comment From Olivia Singleton 
Armstrong Atlantic State University- local news, sidewalk chalk, school newspaper and other school media

 

5:54

 

Comment From Latoriya Young 
Armstrong Atlantic State University-set up booths

 

5:54

 

Comment From Guest 
Stonehill College- chalk around campus

 

5:54

 

Comment From Maeve 
UIUC: We are planning to attach a card to bake sale items in order to promoting our event.

 

5:54

 

Comment From Heather Whitley 
Kaplan--this would be great idea: have a t-shirt sale with the chapter name along with the Autism U logo, it will help raise money and advertise the chapter at the same time

 

5:54

 

Comment From Hannah Khederian 
Miami University - not very creative, but table tents at dining halls. And then one of the shops Uptown offered to paint an Autism Speaks U picture in their front window to help us advertise. So reaching out to local businesses.

 

5:54

 

Comment From Katie Peña 
University of Arizona - Thank you all for the great suggestions! Our chapter is barely getting started and I can already tell that all of your ideas are going to be super helpful!

 

5:54

 

Comment From Kayla Carter - Towson Uni 
Towson - we also formed a Media partnership with Her Campus

 

5:55

 

Comment From Guest 
JCU- use sidewalk chalk!

 

5:55

 

Comment From Latoriya Young 
Armstrong Atlantic State University-Email Head of departments to have them forward your email to other professors and their students.

 

5:55

 

Comment From Elinor Chambers 
Tulane University: Chalking! We have a long pedestrian street that runs through campus that we chalk up with facts and colorful puzzle pieces.

 

5:55

 

Comment From Madison Economos 
make announcements in your classes of relevance. if you ask a professor to speak at the beginning or end of class for just 5 minutes and give some facts about autism, you'll attract a lot of attention

 

5:55

 

Comment From Jessica Smithson 
Slippery Rock- A pamphlet blast at a football game or sporting event is a good way to advertise upcoming events and tie in autism awareness with some fact inside.

 

5:55

 

Comment From Ray Sadri 
Cal State Fullerton, these are great ideas! Thank you everyone!

 

5:56

 

Comment From Philip Bender SUNY Albany 
Put flyers in classrooms chairs the night before!

 

5:56

 

Next Question: Please try to be as specific as possible.

What topic(s) would you like future Facebook Q&As to be on? They will be held once a month from September to April.

 

5:56

 

Comment From Michelle Todd 
University of Minnesota, how to set up successful volunteer opportunities

 

5:57

 

Comment From Nicole Giles 
Easy fundraising ideas for small schools

 

5:57

 

Comment From Meredith Coleman 
Western Kentucky University- Recruitment Ideas

 

5:57

 

Comment From Jigar Shah 
University of California Irvine- Fundraising: what works and what does not

 

5:57

 

Comment From Kayla Carter - Towson Uni 
Towson - I would like more information on Sponsorship. Specifically, what types of businesses are usually helpful

 

5:57

 

Comment From Guest 
John Carroll U: fundraising ideas!

 

5:57

 

Comment From Kayla Chesanek 
USF - fundraising ideas

 

5:57

 

Comment From Aubrey Cooper 
getting sponsers from the community

 

5:57

 

Comment From Madison Economos 
ways to raise the most money

 

5:58

 

Comment From Kaleigh Gontis 
Slippery Rock University - Fundraising and Recruitment!

 

5:58

 

Comment From Maeve 
UIUC: ideas for the light it up blue campaign

 

5:58

 

Comment From Taylor Levicki 
Marquette University, education of students, without soliciting them

 

5:58

 

Comment From Nel-Sylvia 
(WVU) I like fundraising and sponsorship

 

5:58

 

Comment From Olivia Singleton 
Armstrong Atlantic State University- how to get sponsorship

 

5:58

 

Comment From Jessica Smithson 
Slippery Rock- Awareness event ideas

 

5:58

 

Comment From Andy Byun 
penn state: how go gain a foothold in a community/off campus

 

5:58

 

Comment From Mia Rhoades 
Slippery Rock University: As everyone else has been mentioning, definitely recruitment ideas!

 

5:58

 

Comment From Philip Bender SUNY Albany 
Fundraising and sponsorship!

 

5:58

 

Comment From Amanda Ravenstein 
Pittsburg State University. Successful fundraising events.

 

5:58

 

Comment From Jennifer Perkins 
Kaplan, How to set up successful fundraising and provide the awareness to an online university and how to gain more members and interest in the online universities

 

5:58

 

Comment From Madison Economos 
definitely ideas to make light it up blue as big as possible

 

5:59

 

Comment From Ray Sadri 
Cal State Fullerton, How to write a REALLY good donation letter to give to businesses and the most successful way to get sponsors and business owners to help us. So help with getting sponsors to notice us and WANT to help us.

 

5:59

 

Comment From Jennifer Bennett 
Mizzou - Fundraising Suggestions would help alot!

 

5:59

 

Comment From Guest 
Stonehill College- fundraising ideas

 

5:59

 

Comment From Rebecca Cook 
Manhattan College- how to reach out to off campus community

 

5:59

 

Comment From Mo Green 
University of Michigan- How to have an event to promote awareness

 

5:59

 

Comment From Blake Griffin 
UW-whitewater -- what businesses has everyone had the most sucess with hosting events and profit shares with.

 

5:59

 

Comment From Brittany Cochario 
Ithaca College fundraising and awareness events

 

5:59

 

Comment From Megan Pruitt 
Texas Christian University - how to get support from and invlove the community

 

5:59

 

Comment From Amanda 
University of Michigan-_Dearborn--fundraising ideas

 

5:59

 

Fantastic suggestions! Thank YOU! We'll be sending out next month's Facebook Q&A topic soon, so stay tuned!

 

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We’re just about out of time. 

BIG thanks to all of the Autism Speaks U chapters and potential chapters for your dedication and support. You’re all doing an incredible job!

 

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Check out www.AutismSpeaks.org/U for more information!

 

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If we didn’t get to your question or you have a few more, emailautismspeaksu@autismspeaks.org.

 

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Have a great night!