How To Bring It To Your Campus
How do we make this happen on our campus?
Each campus is different, but here are some general ideas.
1. Pick a spot on campus to hold event (book/reserve space ahead of time)
2. Reach out to the on-campus student against sexual assault groups, (i.e., Title IX, Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA) and Rain Against Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)).
3. Reach out to administrators (including Fraternity Advisor, Greek life advisor, the school officials in charge of student groups) to inform them of your plan, put on school calendar, and help your efforts.
4. Reach out to the Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Association to get other chapters involved.
5. Ask the groups that have agreed to be involved (whether by sponsoring with monetary donations or volunteering) to help promote the event.
6. Ask the other groups/chapters to encourage their members to attend.
7. Create a sign up (Google doc) to keep track of contact info and assignments and to make sure people are informed of locations, dates, and tasks.
You’ll need brothers to do the following:
- Email Meredith Jacobs at JWI (email@example.com) and Jason Horowitz at ZBT (firstname.lastname@example.org) – let them know your school is participating so you can be added to the Green Light: Go! website. They are also available via phone to help with your plans.
- Fundraising: Decide how you are going to fundraise and then set appropriate tasks/schedule (buy t-shirts, get sponsors, etc). Set up a chapter team on zbt.org/greenlightgo.
- Promotion: You can download logos and social media images and messages on zbt.org/greenlightgo. Consider making a video like the one on the GLG site. Email it to us and we’ll post. We’ve also given you sample press releases to reach out to local press (both on campus and off)
- Education: Run the ZBT table. Make sure the Safe Smart Dating/positive consent messaging is included as part of the program. (You can download flyers and consider distributing them with t-shirts or handing them out as participants enter the field.)
- Partners: This brother would be in charge of communicating with the partnering groups—make sure they are involved and helping and provide them with tables at the event
- Counters: You’ll need at least two guys with hand-held tickers to count the number of participants. More than 1,136 and you’ve won the World Record!
- Set up
- Event staff: Crowd control, keeping site clean, extra helping hands
- Clean up
- Speaker: To welcome participants and talk about the project—sample script is included in this guide
- “Traffic light”: To call “green,” “yellow,” and “red.” Depending on size of field and crowd, he may need a mega phone or microphone to amplify his voice.
- Video/Photos: If possible, have some guys wear GoPro cameras as they play. Be sure to take plenty of pictures and video. Push out on social media, but also send to email@example.com for the Green Light: Go! website.
Advice from students who've run successful Green Light: Go! events
"The first thing to figure out would be the primary logistics of the event. Booking a large space through the University is important so you can ensure you'll have whatever space you want reserved. Also keep in mind some backup locations, and a rain site."
"Pair with other resources on campus that can help with other aspects of the event. We worked with It's On Us and they were able to help get more people to the event. They also had volunteers come and be judges during the games."
"Depending on where your event is set up, it would be very helpful to get a DJ booth set up. We did this and it was one of the places where everybody congregated around. We also used their speakers to blast announcements out for when we were starting new games, etc."
"We called local food trucks to come set up shop nearby the event. Having profit shares with them was a big aspect of our event."
"The first time doing any event is always stressful, so just be willing to be flexible with it!"