Summer is here and with it comes a great opportunity to make a difference here and now, as well as to set yourself up for successful
1) Connect with NCLN.
This is a great time to:
- Talk to your Campus Coordinator about your hopes for next year, so we can help you set and plan to meet your goals.
- Get NCLN’s help in starting up a new club on campus.
- Have NCLN Skype into your meeting or a Google hangout with your club members.
- Remember: Applications for the NCLN Symposium open at the end of June. Talk to NCLN for template fundraising letters and your travel options!
2) Get involved now.
- Take part in NCLN’s Summer Semester activities.
- Join in community pro-life activities (postcarding, Choice Chain, and events run by your local pro-life society! Use the summer as an opportunity to reach out to these local groups and explore what they have to offer!).
Run a clipboarding event with your friends (it’s easy and – almost – free!) with friends.
- Give an appeal at your church or have a bake-sale with friends to fundraise money for your club this fall (money to help you attend the NCLN Symposium? hint hint. Applications open at the end of June.).
Being involved now will:
- Give you more experience in outreach, giving you more confidence and expertise to bring back to your campus in the fall.
- Help keep pro-life activism as a regular part of your life.The summer shouldn’t change whether or not we’re active as pro-lifers, just where and with whom and how we’re active. Pro-life should be a lifestyle.
3) Connect with your club
Stay in touch over the summer. Start a private FB group for your club members and post updates on the Pro-Life movement, as well as updates about your life, jobs, stories about sharing the pro-life message. Keeping up to date with your club members now will help you work better as a team in the fall!
If you’re in the same geographical area, plan a meeting and social soon for your club members! Debrief from the past year, if you haven’t already, and share hopes and goals for the next year. Plan some ways to be active this summer (see number 2).
Plan a minimum of one meeting/month this summer to help you get the ball rolling for the fall. Even if you don’t live in the same city, you can still connect via Skype or Google Hangouts!
4) Expand your knowledge base.
CCBR’s Pro-Life Classroom has must-read/watch resources, broken down into bite-sized pieces. And consider adding a few books to your summer reading list to help you grow as a leader and as a pro-lifer.
Some of our favourites?
- The Case for Life, by Scott Klussendorf
- The Unaborted Socrates, by Peter Kreeft
See a whole list of favourite books by Canada’s Pro-Life leaders here.
Following these 4 tips will get you on a great head start for September!
Photo by Joshua Earle, CCO
Christine Helferty has been a strong leader on her campus at Queen’s University, and we are so thrilled to welcome her to the team this as our 2015 Summer Intern in Toronto! Christine will be helping us this summer with pro-life activism, planning campus campaigns for the fall, and much more. We find her so inspiring – we know you will too!
1) How did you get involved in pro-life campus activism?
Pro-life campus activism found me before I stepped foot in a university classroom! During my first year at Queen’s my older sister was the president of the pro-life club on campus, which meant that I was helping her recruit new students for the club before my classes even started. My parents and siblings fostered in me an appreciation for the beauty and sanctity of human life from a young age. I have known since elementary school that I want to dedicate my life to ending the injustice of abortion. University life has given me a million opportunities to embrace this mission.
2) How did you get to know NCLN?
My first encounter with NCLN was during my first year of university when two of the staff members came to Queen’s University to assist our club with a pro-life event. Following this I attended NCLN’s annual symposium in my second year of university. From this time I have been in contact with various NCLN staff members and have been impressed and grateful for their encouraging words, sincere care, and motivational challenges to succeed on campus as a pro-life student.
3) Why did you apply for the NCLN internship this summer?
I applied for NCLN’s internship because I believe in the extraordinary value of this organization, and I want to contribute to the mission of spreading the pro-life truth one student at a time, one seed at a time.
4) How do you spend your weekends and free time?
In my spare time I love to sing, play the piano, walk through beautiful trails, read, play volleyball, and spend time in the company of friends and family. My latest discovery has been swing dancing, which I have sincerely enjoyed and hope to continue to improve at!
5) Who inspires you?
So many people inspire me, and the list only gets longer each day! I certainly am inspired by my parents who have laid down their lives for their children every day, the great martyrs throughout history who sacrificed their very lives for a greater good, and the people I encounter in my every day life who fearlessly give all they are for the good of others.
NCLN Western is pleased to welcome Ashley Bulthuis as our 2015 Summer Intern! Ashley has been a member of the University of the Fraser Valley Life Link club, and will be heading to Capilano in the fall to start a pro-life club on their campus! Ashley is very talented, compassionate, and continues to be a driven leader in this movement. This summer, she’ll be coordinating our Western Summer Semester, designing fresh online graphics, helping us create new resources for campuses across Canada, and many other great projects.
To introduce you to this wonderful woman, we’ve asked her a few questions!
1) How did you get involved in pro-life campus activism?
I was a student at the University of the Fraser Valley. There was a pro-life club on campus that my friends were members of. Naturally, I was curious, and sat in on a few meetings. One thing led to another and eventually, I became President of UFV LifeLink.
2) How did you get to know NCLN?
I first became familiar with NCLN by attending their Annual Symposium and sitting in on the motivational speeches and workshops offered there.
3) Why are you looking forward to your NCLN internship this summer?
I am MOST for designing my heart out this summer, planning events like the Symposium, and organizing fundraising parties!
4) What do you hope to get out of your internship this summer?
What I hope to get out of this internship is the ability to deliver a motivational pro-life presentation to my peers, to expand my knowledge on the abortion debate though extensive reading and research, and to utilize my knowledge and training to kickstart a pro-life club at Capilano University.
5) What are some of your interests?
I’m obsessed with art, philosophy, poetry and music. Oh, and did I mention that I’m a total font-a-holic? Say “NO” to Helvetica!
We’re looking forward to working with you this summer, Ashley! Thank you for giving so much of your time and talent to this movement!
This post was written for Youth Protecting Youth by
ypyvicepresident. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.
For many of our club members, the summer term has started. Maybe that means summer courses. Maybe that means working. Regardless, our pro-life work cannot stop just because we’re on a break from school. My challenge to you is to not shy away from the situations, even if they may seem awkward, that give you the opportunity to share the pro-life message with people.
Sometimes it just happens in conversation that the topic of involvement in the pro-life club or positions on life issues in general arises. We need to be ready at all times to articulate the pro-life message, and answer the questions people may have.
So what is that message? Simply put, it is that all human beings, born and unborn, have inherent value and dignity, and that killing human beings is morally wrong. One must then be ready to answer all sorts of other questions that come up, but the answer generally boils down to “Would we kill a born person for this reason? No? Then why should we accept the killing of the unborn for that reason?” It all comes back to the fact that the unborn are human, just like you and me.
If you need to brush up on your pro-life apologetics, check out
- http://www.caseforlife.com/ – a website devoted to clearly and concisely laying out the pro-life position on abortion.
- The section entitled “The Case Against Abortion” at www.abort73.com – the case is laid out point by point with considerable detail and many references.
- The section entitled “Defending the Pro-Life View” at www.unmaskingchoice.ca – conveniently laid out in a question and answer format.
Read the comments at the Youth Protecting Youth website.