A few months ago, I worked with a friend to create a student-led campaign called “No Chance to Say No” against sex trafficking during the Superbowl. You can find out more about our campaign by visiting us on Facebook.
This week, we hosted an event on campus to inform students of what they could do to fight sex-trafficking in the Rockland area. At this training, we stressed the importance of raising awareness, spending time in prayer, and financially supporting organizations who were fighting to make a difference. To help students get involved, we had time for worship and prayer, an informational training, and an opportunity for them to give financially. It was a really great event, and I am honored to have been a part of hosting it. If there’s something that you’re passionate about, I would encourage you to host an event on campus and share your passion with others. Hosting an on-campus event was a lot harder than I expected, so here’s a few tips I learned from my experience.
1) Delegate, delegate, delegate. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! I guarentee that, as a college student, you will not be able to pull off an event single-handedly while trying to manage school work and relationships. Find people you trust who are just as passionate about your cause as you are and let them get involved.
2) Make the most of your resources. Be as informed as you possibly can be. Before sharing your passion with a large slew of people, be sure you are able to answer questions. Make yourself aware of the different views on the topic and be ready to discuss them.
3) Be clear. Remember, not everyone is as informed on the topic as you are, so keep it simple; you don’t have to tell them everything you know. Give them lots of basic knowledge and encourage them to ask questions. Also, present them with an opportunity to get more information afterwards.
4) Get out of your comfort zone. Present information in a way that is comfortable for you, but you should also be aware of the different ways people learn. Familiarize yourself with different learning styles and come up with creative ways to present your information that will appeal to different people.
5) Get God involved. Soak your event in prayer. Before the event, pray that God will bring the people He wants to be there. During the event, pray for open hearts and minds. After the event, pray that what you presented will impact the lives of those who were in your audience.
Now go! Share your passion!