8 Ways Active Minds Chapters Can Get Ready for the Fall Semester

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With September right around the corner, now is a great time to start planning for your chapter’s success in the 2016-2017 academic year. Here are some of our top tips for getting the year off on the right foot:

1. Study up on the new ratings criteria. We heard your feedback on ratings, inventories and more. Check out the new ratings to make sure you’re on track to be a five-star chapter!

2. Start planning Suicide Prevention Month. Share a post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr from September 10 to October 3 with #ReasonsISpeak and the reasons you combat the silence surrounding suicide and mental illness. Feeling inspired? Submit a post to our Suicide Prevention Month blog.

3. Check out the new and improved Fundraising Resources, including brand new chapter fundraising pages. Will your chapter be the first to raise $1,000 and get on our leaderboard?

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Congratulations 5-Star and 4-Star Chapters!

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The Active Minds Chapters Team is thrilled today to announce our 5- and 4-Star Chapters from the 2014-2015 academic year. The ratings process was developed based on what we have learned is necessary to make chapters strong, long-lasting student groups as well as effective mental health advocates.

Chapters that fulfill all of the criteria are rated as five-star chapters, indicating that they have met all the recommendations for developing strong chapters. Five-star chapters earn special recognition on the Active Minds website and at the Active Minds National Mental Health on Campus Conference, and are privy to one-of-a-kind opportunities throughout the year.

Congratulations to our top chapters!
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See below for the schools awarded 4- and 5-star ratings.

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Chapter Ratings: Strong Membership is Key

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This post is part of a series on our Chapter Ratings system. Read more blogs in the series.
UnknownThere’s strength in numbers. When it comes to running a steady and active chapter, a solid group of members and leaders is absolutely necessary. Chapters need to have leaders who are passionate about fulfilling the mission of Active Minds and who are capable of helping their chapter to grow for future members. For that reason, chapter membership is a key component of chapter evaluation.

Active Minds has no requirements about the make-up or structure of student leadership within a given chapter; however, we recommend that a student executive board or a small group of student leaders exists to support the chapter president.

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Chapter Ratings: Lets Collaborate!

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Establishing partnerships and allies is crucial to running an active, integrated chapter on campus. A part of the mission of Active Minds chapters is to act as a referral service and channel for students to utilize the mental health services on campus. Having a strong partnership with the counseling center helps Active Minds fulfill this mission.

In addition, having a wide range of partnerships on campus helps makes sure that the message and influence of a chapter is far-reaching. For these reasons, the third major criterion the national office uses to rate chapters is collaboration.

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Chapter Ratings: Communication Starts a Conversation

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UnknownWe want to hear from you! Communication between chapters and the national office is critical to ensure that every chapter has what they need to carry out the mission of Active Minds. The national office uses information shared from chapters to assess overall challenges and successes in the network and to create new resources for best supporting your work.

For that reason, communications is the third major criterion of chapter evaluation.

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Chapter Ratings: Five-Star Fundraising

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UnknownFundraising is crucial to boosting mental health advocacy on campus and sustaining a chapter over time. Each dollar earned makes a chapter — and a chapter network as a whole — that much stronger. For that reason, fundraising is the second major component of chapter evaluation.

Feel like your chapter is struggling to raise funds? You are not alone! 72% of chapters reported fundraising as a challenge in the most recent inventory.

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Chapter Ratings: The Purpose of Programming

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UnknownProgramming is the principal method through which chapters educate, advocate, raise awareness, and promote mental health on their campuses. For that reason, it is the first criterion the national office uses to rate Active Minds chapters.

Overall, Active Minds chapters are seeing success in their programming on campus — 61% reported strong programming in the most recent chapter inventory, and most chapters (73%) have participated in an Active Minds national program in the last quarter.

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Chapter Ratings: What’s the Big Idea?

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UnknownEach summer, the national office uses data reported by chapters in quarterly inventories to evaluate the strength of the chapter network on five major criteria of development, advocacy, and sustainability: Programming, Fundraising, Communications, Collaboration, and Membership.

Based on what has been learned over more than 10 years of experience working with chapters, the national office can then help chapter leaders identify their strengths and areas for growth as well as develop new programs and resources to support areas where the chapter network may be struggling.

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