Jill always says that students and youth are literally our future. Young Greens will help building a larger Green Party and more just future in our country. Campus organizing is needed to spread that message. By starting a chapter of Young Greens, organizing and engaging in direct actions in person and online, dialoguing with other college groups who have overlapping interests, you can get the word out to other students and youth.
If you haven’t already, sign up for the Youth Caucus at ygus.org/join-us/
📚 Steps to Organize Your Young Greens Chapter
1. Recruit and Register
2. Get Campus Recognition and Funding
There are benefits to being an official student organization including use of campus spaces, bulletins, and often student activities funding. Official campus recognition may also allow you to participate in student activities fairs and give you great ability to post flyers and have events on campus. It also signals that your group is here to stay to build the revolution even after Election Day. Because campuses often recognize clubs for political parties but not candidates, you should title your group [Your Campus Name] Young Greens chapter.
You can often find information on how to become an official campus group on the student activities page of your school. Sometimes they may require documents like By-Laws or Constitution. Even if not, it can be a good idea to have a basis for how your group functions, especially as it expands way beyond 3 persons! You can use our Example Young Greens Chapter By-laws and Example Young Greens Chapter Consitution and simply plug in the name of your school. If you receive official recognition by your school or have questions on Constition/By-Laws, email email@example.com to let the Green Party’s Youth Caucus know!
Note: Typically, all Young Greens chapters must be recognized by their school. We are waiving this requirement through the 2016 Election if for purposes of expediency. But will expect chapters to seek official recognition after the Election and follow up on your progress with this. We recommend you go ahead and seek recognition, because of the potential student activity money your group may be able to receive.
3. Organize and Hold Events
Spread the word on campus to gain more members and to begin to promote Jill and the Green Party. Use the Campus Organizing Guide 101 to learn the basics. Check out Jill’s Organizing Hub for other ideas on things that your chapter can do such as phonebanking parties or flyering. Make sure to post and find other local events on the Grassroots Events Calendar.
4. Connect with Other Young Greens on Social Media
It can be helpful to see what other Young Greens are doing nationwide. Check out the Youth Caucus Facebook Page, Youth Caucus Facebook Group, Youth Caucus Twitter, Young Greens Rising [for Jill Stein] Facebook Group. You may also want to connect with your state and local coordinator by finding your state information here.
We also have the following and other designated volunteer opportunities:
Young Greens Regional Assistant Coordinator
Description: Young Greens Regional Leads will work with the Green Party’s Youth Caucus Steering Committee designated for a region of the country to reach out to new people interested in starting chapters of Young Greens, provide support while chapters are getting started, and facilitate communication amongst chapter leaders. Time commitment at least 5 hours each week preferred.
How to apply: Send email firstname.lastname@example.org, if interested.