by Jamila of For the Fabulous and Frugal
Skyy writes, I would like to start a natural group on my campus, but I don’t know where to start. So just looking for a little bit of direction.
Know what you want: Most groups start with a mission, and as cliche as it might sound, it’s not a bad place to start. Figure out what you want to get out of this group on a large scale, and then come up with specific things that will help you get there.
Figure out who’s interested: Starting a Facebook group or having a quick meet and greet at a coffee shop is a way to get some support as you start. It’s also a good way to figure out what people want out of an organization like this: is it totally social? Do they want product swaps? Styling tutorials? Discussions about the culture of natural hair? These are great questions to ask. Gauge the interest of the people you wish to serve, and go forward from there.
Strength in numbers: Reach out to another established organization and see if they’re willing to co-host or co-sponsor an event before you start your own group. It’ll help you get a sense of what goes into planning and executing a successful event. Starting a group alone is a huge responsibility for one person to take on. Get a core group of people who are willing to put in the time and effort and combine forces.
Have resources: People are going to expect you to have answers to all of their hair problems, so make sure that you’ve done your research. There’s nothing worse than the blind leading the blind. There’s a lot of information out there, and people will look to you as expert. Make sure you have a clear idea of what you are going to offer… and follow through.
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Be patient: You’re taking on a leadership role, and it requires a lot of time and energy. Make sure you’re doing it because you love the cause, and things will be a lot easier.
(E-How has some helpful tips on to start a college organization.)
That’s what I got. Any suggestions?
I love this idea! I'm 26 and I wished I had enough courage to do something like this when I was in college. I work for a large corporation now and have some reservations (I'm at 50% courage now) I've been wearing my hair in braids and weaves for awhile now. I feel like an imposter; so if ladies can start in college and accept themselves now – more power to them!
You could set up a "meetup" also on meetup dot com.
I think you've covered the gamut.I like: "Get a core group of people who are willing to put in the time and effort and combine forces." I would just add "dues," it always takes a little money to continue the organization long-term. peace
The FB group is a great idea. Two girls at my university started one that's devoted to black hair care. It now has 240 members. We share pictures, product info., opinions on salons near our campus, etc.