Many schools and universities are experiencing waves of different illnesses – Covid-19, flu, and respiratory syncytial virus (R.S.V.) – impacting student attendance (San Diego Union-Tribune, CBC, NY Times). As a result, schools and universities are challenged with balancing both in-class instruction and supporting the extracurricular student clubs that young people need.
We are sharing two previous resources that may be helpful during this time.
Tips for Hosting Virtual Student Club Meetings
Creating a community is vital for students’ mental health and will help them be more engaged with school and their peers. Student clubs are crucial as they typically provide community, joy, and space where students can be themselves.
It’s important to maintain that connection even when students are unhealthy. Offering virtual student club meetings – or a hybrid model – ensures that students can still attend meetings when they are sick or have been exposed to illness.
To support these efforts, we created a social media slideshow that shares tips on hosting virtual student club meetings. This resource includes guidance on consistency, online meeting etiquette, meeting agendas, icebreakers, and additional resources.
How to Keep Your Virtual Clubs Engaging
For student clubs that have been meeting virtually for some time, it can be challenging to continue engaging young people in student clubs. We’ve created an additional resource to help you keep your virtual clubs engaged.
The resource includes tips on building community, sending updates, organizing events, encouraging casual conversations, and additional resources.