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Who should start a chapter?

  1. Prospective members should demonstrate a genuine interest in the mission and objectives of Spectrum Empowerment.
  2. Prospective members should be able to commit time and effort to actively participate in meetings, events, and ongoing initiatives.
  3. Prospective members should be ready to engage themselves with the Spectrum Empowerment National Initiative.

Starting a Chapter:

Starting a new chapter for a student-led autism awareness non-profit like "Spectrum Empowerment" can be an exciting endeavor.

Click here to confirm your interest in starting a chapter. Our team will reach out to you to discuss next steps:



Here's a guide to help you get started:

1. Clarify Your Vision and Mission: Define the purpose and goals of your new chapter. Clearly articulate how your chapter's activities align with Spectrum Empowerment's overall mission of raising autism awareness through STEAM and sports events.

2. Gather a Team: Recruit motivated individuals who share your passion for autism awareness and your commitment to organizing events. Assemble a team with diverse skills such as event planning, marketing, outreach, and project management.

3. Research and Planning: Conduct research to understand your local autism community's needs and preferences. Develop a comprehensive plan that outlines your bi-weekly or monthl events, including STEAM and sports activities. Define your target audience, event formats, and desired outcomes.

4. Collaborate with our team: Collaborate with the parent organization, Spectrum Empowerment, to align your chapter's activities with their broader initiatives and to ensure consistent branding and messaging.

5. Seek Sponsorships: Sponsorships can provide crucial financial support for your events.It's easiest to get sponsors out of local businesses rather than corporations.Follow these steps to secure sponsorships:

  • Identify Potential Sponsors: Research local businesses, corporations, community organizations, and educational institutions that have an interest in supporting autism awareness and STEAM/sports activities.
  • Craft a Compelling Pitch: Develop a sponsorship proposal that highlights the benefits of partnering with your chapter. Emphasize how sponsors' contributions will positively impact the community and align with their values.
  • Personalize Outreach: Tailor your pitch to each potential sponsor's interests and objectives. Show that you've done your research and genuinely believe in the value of their support.
  • Offer Benefits: Clearly outline the benefits sponsors will receive, such as brand exposure at events, social media shout-outs, and acknowledgment in promotional materials.

Follow Up: After sending your sponsorship proposal, follow up with potential sponsors to answer any questions and express your gratitude for their consideration.

6. Promotion and Outreach: Spread the word about your chapter and its upcoming events:

  • Social Media: Create social media accounts to share updates, event announcements, and relevant content related to autism awareness, STEAM, and sports. Create a username in this format:
  • Collaborate with Local Media: Reach out to local newspapers, radio stations, and online platforms to feature your chapter's initiatives and events.
  • Networking: Attend community events, fairs, and meetings to connect with potential supporters and participants.

7. Event Execution: Organize your bi-weekly events with attention to detail:

  • Planning: Create a detailed schedule, secure event venues, arrange necessary equipment, and plan for any special accommodations that may be needed for individuals on the autism spectrum.
  • Logistics: Ensure you have a team responsible for each aspect of event execution, from setup to registration to activities.
  • Inclusivity: Make sure your events are accessible and inclusive, providing a safe and welcoming environment for individuals of all abilities.

8. Measure Impact: Regularly assess the impact of your chapter's activities. Collect feedback from participants, volunteers, and sponsors to understand what's working well and areas for improvement.

9. Continuous Improvement: Based on feedback and experience, continuously refine your events, outreach strategies, and sponsorship approaches to enhance your chapter's effectiveness and reach.
Remember, starting a new chapter requires dedication and hard work, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. With a clear vision, a dedicated team, and a strategic approach, Spectrum Empowerment's new chapter can make a positive impact on autism awareness in your community.

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives
of individuals on the Autism spectrum? Join us in making a change.