Hello everyone, a happy Labor Day to you all! Welcome to this week's installment of #membershipmonday!
Let's talk about building a pledge/new member education program. To newer brothers in the role of educator, it can feel very overwhelming to essentially be the one to prep the next generation for LFS. How much service should they do? How many projects should they attend? The pledge manual is huge, what information should be harvested from it? You also want to consider what previous educators have done to ensure the information is consistent. There are so many things to think about!
We can't tell you how often we receive questions about the best ways to build a solid program. But if you're tasked with being the program's creator, you probably have those questions and more. Here are some answers to questions you might have asked yourself:
1. How much time do I have to teach them?
According to the National Pledging Standards, 6-10 weeks. Some campuses might have a different time frame (say, 5 weeks for example). If that's the case, follow what your school requires. [Note: also check to ensure that if there's anything else your school requires, be it special workshops, events or the like, that they are incorporated into your program.]
2. What do they need to know to understand APO as a whole?
The pledges should at least know the basics, our history, our insignias, our toast song. They should also know about the chapter, section, and region. They should also get more than a glimpse into how your chapter operates (see questions 3 and 4).
3. What do they need to do to build the bonds of friendship between each other and the brotherhood as a whole?
LFS! It's all about working side by side with the brothers doing service, laughing and creating memories at fellowships, and building trust with the brothers through the projects they do. This isn't limited to within the chapter! Encourage everyone to get to know the brothers and pledges at other chapters too! The brotherhood we're a part of is so diverse and widespread. Your pledges (and brothers for that matter!) should have chances to experience APO outside of the chapter. Keep in mind that pledges should never have greater requirements than the brothers.
4. What do they need to know to become an invested, engaged leader in the chapter?
They need to see the chapter lead! They should be planning projects, learning about the different positions in the chapter (or taking on projects and positions in the pledge class), and seeing the brothers hard at work.
5. Why do they need to know what they're learning to understand APO as a whole?
We want to hear from you about this! Comment below with what you think are the reasons why they need to know what you're teaching them.
Note: Don't forget that any program you create needs to be approved by the chapter.
Have any further questions? Want some follow-up on anything here? Post in the comments below and share your thoughts with us or email email@example.com!
Pop in next week as we talk about recruiting. (We've already seen some amazing, creative themes this semester, keep it up!)
As always, be excellent to each other!
Until next week, in LFS, YOUR Region 1 Membership Squad