School Club FAQs

Welcome! We’re so glad you’re here. Thank you for your interest in the “Global Youth Against the Ivory Trade” School Clubs program. The goal of this program is to get youth involved from all the countries that are key players in the ivory trade and to individually and collectively come up with strategies for ending the ivory trade. It sounds like a big challenge, and of course, it is, but youth are the world’s future, and we believe that youth are creative, smart, talented, passionate, and can and will find a way to create change on this very important issue! If change doesn’t happen soon, African elephants may be extinct in the wild within 20 years, and that’s just something we can’t let happen.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Purpose of A School Club?

The purpose of a school club is to give you a structure for making an impact. It is hard to try to change the world on your own. Much better and easier to do it with other people who share your passion. You can pool your different talents and resources to achieve more than you could on your own. Plus, it’s fun! You get to socialize with people you like. And, it gives you an opportunity to take on leadership responsibilities, which if done well, will give you more confidence and skills, and help you advance further in life and your career.

What Do School Clubs Do?

School clubs can do whatever they want to do! Sky is the limit on being creative. Of course, your school has to approve of it…

Ideally, you want to achieve a measurable impact. In other words, you want to identify a problem of some sort (too many people want to buy ivory), then do some sort of activity (like a public awareness video), then show that of the people you interviewed originally who wanted to buy ivory in the next year, after watching your video, they would NEVER buy ivory again! That means your video had a measurable impact. You have to think in advance of measuring the problem, so you can measure the improvement!

School club activities may vary tremendously depending on what country you are in and what type of ivory trade issues you have there. For example:

In demand countries, like China and the Philippines, it means creating massive public awareness about the consequences of purchasing ivory (i.e., elephants may go extinct for ivory) and pushing for stronger laws and law enforcement. To reduce demand means changing people’s hearts and minds. Sort of like the anti-fur campaigns or blood diamond campaigns that made people realize that they didn’t want to buy these things that harmed others.

In supply countries, like Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda, it means creating massive public awareness about the national value of elephants, both for wildlife tourism revenues and the health of the overall ecosystem relating to wildlife and agriculture. If elephants were to go extinct, these countries would be harmed in unexpected ways that most people aren’t even thinking of yet. It also requires a greater commitment to resources for fighting poachers and cracking down on ivory trade criminals along the supply chain.

In transit countries, like Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, it means stronger law enforcement.  The United States also has ivory being sold legally and illegally.

Club members can talk about what is going on their own country and then hone in on a problem they would like to address.

Will Clubs Be Able to Communicate With Other Clubs?

Yes! One of the coolest things about the “Global Youth Against the Ivory Trade” School Clubs is that there will eventually be youth participating in lots of countries. Since the ivory trade is an international problem, it would be fantastic if clubs all along the ivory trade routes communicate and collaborate with each other. There is strength in numbers with unified goal and voice!

There is a JulietteSpeaks Forum that clubs can use to communicate. It’s brand new, and now we need to fill it up!

We will also host international Skype video calls. It can be tough with different time zones, but we did one already between Hong Kong (10 PM), Tanzania (5 PM) and Los Angeles (6 AM). Where there’s a will there’s a way, even if you’re sleepy!

How Will JulietteSpeaks Help Our Club?

Here is what we envision providing clubs. Much of it is already on the website, and some of it we will add in the future.

    • Lots of online articles and videos for your club that address how to run a club, how to become an effective activist and leader, and educational materials on the ivory trade issue itself.
    • An online forum where you can communicate with JulietteSpeaks and other clubs about your ideas, challenges and successes.
    • Templates for materials you can use – posters, letters, speeches, etc.
    • Support and guidance through email, phone and Skype to help you get your club started, come up with goals, and strategies for achieving your goals.
    • We encourage clubs to do their own fundraising, but we will also provide mini-grants to help needy clubs achieve a specific, well-defined goal.

I’m Ready. What Should I Do Now to Start A Club? 

Fantastic! We were hoping you would ask that!

First, contact us to let us know who you are, what school you go to, what grade you’re in, what inspired you to start a club, and how/when to contact you. We will respond with an email and then, if you like, an initial phone call to go over everything and answer your questions. One of the first things you’ll need to do is get a teacher who is willing to be the club sponsor. We can also communicate by email or phone with that teacher.

Second, do a little reading, both on how to run clubs and on the ivory trade. See our Recommended Reading List below. We can also give you a more extensive list of articles and videos.

Third, start inviting fellow students to join the club. Maybe you can convince them by just telling them about the ivory trade issue in one-on-one conversations. Or, if you want to reach out to more people at once, you could reserve a room and invite students to come learn about the ivory trade by watching some of the really good YouTube videos on the subject and then discuss if they would like to join you in starting a club.

Fourth, once you get a handful of students who are interested, get yourself a club sponsor, a regular time to meet, elect officers, and you’re off to the races!  See the blog How To Start A School Club below for more details.

Fifth, stay in regular contact with JulietteSpeaks to  talk about what you are planning to do, what questions you have, what information or education you feel you need, and what other types of help you need. We are here to help you get successfully launched and humming along.

Recommended Reading List for Getting Started

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Contact us today to get started!

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