Start a Chapter
Start a chapter of SSDP and join the student movement to end drug prohibition.
Not sure if your school already has a chapter? Find out!
For additional questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to start an SSDP chapter at your school
Our Outreach staff is available to help with everything outlined below and with anything else involved in building and maintaining a chapter. If you have any questions about the chapter start-up process, please email us.
Submit a New Chapter Application
Learn about SSDP and our available resources
- Read SSDP’s mission and values statement.
- Check out our extensive collection of resources for student activists, including sample chapter constitutions, printable flyers, press release templates, and more!
- Read our Student Organizing Manual for tips and best practices on building and managing a successful chapter.
- Read our blog to see what we and our chapters have been up to.
- Attend one (or all!) of our leadership webinars to hone your skills in lobbying, fundraising, chapter management, leadership transitions, and more.
- Talk, connect, and share wisdom with SSDP chapter leaders all over the world in the SSDP chapter leaders Facebook group and on the SSDPtalk listserv.
Earn official student group status from your school
- Look into your school’s requirements for new student groups/clubs/organizations.
- Usually this process involves some paperwork, such as submitting a constitution. Find samples and templates to help with this on our website. If you don’t know where to start for finding your school’s requirements, try searching the web for “[your school] student organizations”
- Typically, schools will require new groups to find a faculty advisor as well. Start by asking professors you know who might be sympathetic to the issue. You can also search your school’s website for professors in related subject areas such as criminal justice, sociology, political science, and economics. Your Outreach Director can also help with finding a faculty advisor.
Put information about your chapter online
- Create an email address for the chapter. Ex: email@example.com
- Create a Facebook group, twitter, website, or other online resource to start recruiting interested students.
- Create a chapter listserv or google group.
- Make sure to let us know when you create your Facebook group, Twitter, etc. so we can add it to your chapter’s page on the website.
Start holding meetings and events on campus
Send us your first chapter roster
- Once per semester, we ask that you send a list of of your chapter members in this format to the national office.
- This is so we can accurately measure the size of our student membership and effectively activate all of our supporters for action alerts.
- Run or participate in a campaign to reform marijuana policy at the campus, local, state, or federal level
- Advocate for a 911 Good Samaritan Policy on your campus or in your state
- Get drug policy reform in the mainstream by getting your elected official on the record about marijuana or other drug policy
The student movement to end the war on drugs is expanding rapidly, and we’re happy to welcome you into that growing movement. Talk to you soon!
– SSDP’s International Staff