Social Action Clubs
Social Action Clubs are usually the vehicle through which schools design and carry out their social action strategies. A teacher or administrator oversees the club, first by seeking out students interested in becoming members. Obviously, the more engaging and dynamic the club activities and description, the more students it will attract.
Once the club has been established, it is up to the teacher and students to decide their course of action. With so many options out there, it can be hard to choose which approach is the best suited for an individual school, which is one reason ASAC was founded. In addition, many teachers are simply not aware about the wealth of resources out there to assist teachers and student to develop a fun, engaging and impactful project.
Most international schools have already established a social action club of some sort. ASAC welcomes schools to submit their experiences and strategies to assist other schools in deciding which approach is best for them.
In general, the basic steps for a social action club to follow are:
Learn about the issue and identify a specific problem within that issue on which to focus.
Identify stakeholders and needs/resources of the community affected by that issue.
a. Stakeholders are the people involved in an issue – those impacted by the issue, those who can influence or create change, etc.
b. Assess the needs and strengths of the community related to your issue. Are other organizations working on the same issue? Are there needs in your community not being addressed?
Assemble a team.
a. Partner with other organizations or recruit friends to help plan and implement. Find out what everyone's strengths are and then design a project to utilize those strengths.
4. Choose an action and then create a plan to carry out your project
5. Implement your action project
6. Monitor and evaluate your action.
a. Keep data, survey participants, and track the results of your project.