Chapter Resources - Pro-Social Events One-Pager
What are they?
Pro-social events are designed to be a means for which chapters can recruit members, as well as spaces that showcase we can and do have fun in recovery!
Why do we do them?
We host pro-social events because it is a great way for you to engage with the community. Organizing a chapter is hard work, and it takes time recruiting and developing a leadership team. Facilitating pro-social events on a regular basis will help to engage with people and get them involved with your chapter.
How do you do them?
- Decide what type of activity you think your peers/community would enjoy. Remember that the more people you have involved in the planning process, the more opportunities you have to reach others.
- Find a venue that is suitable for your activity. Begin researching places like public parks, recreational centers, gymnasiums, etc. You will want to keep expenses low for events. List your supplies and plan out whether or not you will seek donations, fundraise, or purchase said items.
- After you have selected the activity, purchased any necessary items, and secured a location, it’s time to schedule your event! Do your best to plan the event at least one month out. Business Operations needs 30 days to process requests for funds. Develop a plan of action to coordinate outreach efforts, i.e. a week to week strategy for your members to do some of the following: pass out fliers, create an event page on your Facebook group and share, create an event on eventbrite.com, engage with community partners and supporters. Here are some templates for your pro-social social media posts and/or flyers.
- While you are working to execute your first pro-social event, decide if this will become a regular occurrence such as monthly, semi-annually, or annual basis, or if this will be a one-time event. Discuss with attendees if your chapter continuously hosted this activity, would they come out and support. Your chapter and it’s activities are dependent on participants. As such, our mission is to create opportunities that will engage the community to get them involved in your chapter.
- Always make sure you are capturing the event data by submitting your event in YPR community. Here’s a helpful guide on how to do that.
Here are a few examples you can use to build from:
- Athletic activities, such as ultimate frisbee, basketball, dodgeball, kickball, and more ● Community clean-ups at parks, public spaces and more
- BBQ’s & food-based events
- Board Game & Playing Cards Tournaments