Gathering people (physically or virtually) for a common goal can be a great way to draw local attention to your issue, gain new supporters/followers, or connect with others throughout the nation. See Resources & Partners for details on national dates, such as Through with Chew in February, Take Down Tobacco in March, Red Ribbon Week in October, or the Great American SmokeOut in November.
- Find a national event that fits your goal.
- Research the theme, promotion materials, and resources for your chosen event.
- Make a plan to promote the event and schedule presentations or informational booths.
- On the day of the event, present on the topic, set up educational tables with give-a-ways (visit Local, State or National Resources or Wearables & Shareables), schedule press releases, and take and share photos.
- Use national resource campaign webpages for ideas and themes, but customize them to fit the needs and culture of your local community.
- Use the national hashtags (ex. #TakeDownTobacco) and tag other events using the organizers handle (ex. @TakeDownTobacco) on social media to get wider coverage.
Čaŋlí Coalition Example
We invited youth volunteers to record a radio PSA promoting the Great American SmokeOut.
To include cultural lifeways, we… used two of the Lakota values (honor and respect) in our event local poster.