The manifest function of a school is for learning and educating students. This is what society intends this institution to have. However, there’s one latent purpose of school why other than academics, extra-curricular entities such as clubs should exist. That purpose is to provide students the avenue to socialize with their peers, which help them learn things not covered by the intended curriculum.
For most of the time, schools have already existing clubs covering almost all areas of interest. You just basically need to choose one of them and join in order to become a bonafide club member. But students are very diverse and the interest of some specific groups of students may not be covered. The best way to address is to start your own school club. This article will help you guide with some basic steps.
Where to start?
Organizing your own school club is actually exciting, but it’s not that easy. First, your school has a policy that governs the creation of new clubs. Hence, you must start studying this school policy. In most cases, this policy already serves as the general guide as you continue the formation process. Second, you must have an idea about the type of club you are organizing and your interest must fall in it, otherwise sustaining it can be very challenging.
Build a Team
Once you fully understand the policy of your school and the type of club you are planning to organize, you may now begin creating a core group consisting of the pioneering members. A club isn’t a one-man team, it is composed of several people. So before you proceed on the planning phase, make sure you’re with the best people to work with. Organizing a school club must be a shared endeavor. Below is the recommended management composition which you may revise:
• President – overall leader
• Vice-President – assistant leader
• Secretary to record meetings
• Treasurer to plan and keep a record of financial reports
• Adviser to guide the core group
Make the Vision & Mission
The vision of the club speaks the beliefs of the members. Further, it serves as the direction of the club. Meanwhile, the mission defines the works of the club. Having a well-defined vision and mission statement build the identity of the club and it’s a key element to getting a good reputation in the entire school. Compose your vision and mission in a way it reflects the common interest of the members.
Identify Key Advocacies
The vision and mission are too broad to be the basis of your future projects, programs, and activities of the club. You must have specific objectives that lead your club to your vision and mission at the same time relate to the common interest of the members. The key advocacies allow the club to have specific focus initiatives to engage with. This also serves as a strategy for running your club with significant social impact.
Organizing a club without considering its sustainability is like building a house without a roof. One way to sustain your club is to make sure that there’s a constant change of club administration in which other members are given the avenue to lead the club. In that way, the club has a greater chance of survival when the time comes for former members leaving the campus.
Once you have applied the basic steps above, you may now start recruiting members of the same interest. Above all, don’t forget to engage them on the club’s focus initiatives. A productive club is one which involves their members into a holistic engagement of life-long learning.