Each year, we take time at our national conferences to recognize our student group’s greatest achievements. This past year, we hit a huge milestone by reaching over 1,000 Students for Life groups on middle school, high school, college, med, and law campuses. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to spreading the pro-life message at your school and contributing to this nationwide cultural change. We are the most pro-life generation to date and you are the ones responsible for this amazing accomplishment.
Congratulations to our 2017 College and Pregnant on Campus Groups of the year!
EAST COAST NEW COLLEGE GROUP OF THE YEAR: BOBCATS FOR LIFE AT OHIO UNIVERSITY
This New Group of the Year wasted no time getting to work changing hearts and saving lives on their hostile campus this past semester. Bobcats for Life at Ohio University hosted a wide variety of events including baby item drives, SFLA training’s, protests, rallies, guest speakers, and campus displays. When met with hostility from their peers and campus faculty, this courageous group of pro-life heroes only increased their activism events. They also participated in several days of sidewalk counseling outreach and had the amazing opportunity to see TWO women turn away from the abortion facility because of their presence.
COLLEGE GROUP OF THE YEAR RUNNER UP: AVA MARIA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS FOR LIFE
Ava Maria University’s Students for Life group accomplished so many great things in 2016. Just this past semester, this group organized bimonthly trips to the abortion facility, organized a pro-life gala with over one hundred students in attendance, and trained 15 of its students in sidewalk counseling with the help of Sidewalk Advocates for Life. They continue to shape the culture of life on college campuses and outside communities, and we look forward to seeing what they accomplish is the semesters to come.
COLLEGE GROUP OF THE YEAR: UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA- LINCOLN STUDENTS FOR LIFE
The recipient of this award blew us away with all they accomplished last year. Students For Life at University of Nebraska-Lincoln started in 2015, and within the past couple of years they have continuously been courageous by standing up for LIFE on their campus and that certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed. They’ve hosted a Cemetery of the Innocents display, held an overnight presence in front of Planned Parenthood, advertised for their on-campus pregnancy help center, and every semester they chalk their campus with pro-life messages in high traffic areas. This group is actively involved with the Pregnant on Campus Initiative as well. They started raising money for an endowment fund, and have already reached the halfway mark of their goal at $25,000.
IVY LEAGUE GROUP OF THE YEAR: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
This group is an outstanding group of pro-life leaders that do not back down in the face of controversy. This year, Princeton University’s group hosted Ryan Bomberger for an event titled “Black is Beautiful” to address abortion and racial injustice. Being at an Ivy League school, this event received much scrutiny and critique, but they remained courageous and represented the pro-life position with grace and sophistication. Princeton Pro-Life hosted a Respect Life Week with many activities which included open dialogue with their peers on when human life begins.
PREGNANT ON CAMPUS GROUP OF THE YEAR: CLARION UNIVERSITY’S PREGNANCY AND PARENTING RESOURCES INITIATIVE (PPRI)
Clarion University’s PPRI brought together their community—students and administration—to create unique, effective solutions for the pregnant and parenting students. Thanks to their persistent efforts, this group hosted a Feminists for Life Resources Forum, worked with the university to create a comprehensive school webpage and Facebook page for all available resources, and published a diaper changing station map. Additionally, PPRI started a babysitting share, hosted family friendly parties for students and their children, and established lactation rooms with diaper changing stations on the main and branch campuses of their University.
We are proud to award this 2017 Pregnant on Campus Group of the Year Award to Clarion University’s Pregnancy and Parenting Resources Initiative!