YABer Yak

Welcome to YABer Yak! This is an opportunity for SAVE members and advisors to ask questions to our National Youth Advisory Board (YAB).  This group of experienced SAVE members are from across the country and would love to share their experiences with you. Enter your questions below, and they will get back to you soon!


  • mccrossanboysranch February 13, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Hello! We have just recently joined SAVE and are looking for ways to get guys excited and involved in SAVE. What kick-start events have you all done, or heard of, that got high school guys interested and excited for SAVE?


    • Marjorie lam February 15, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      I find it best to have pictures and announcements about the club and what we stand for. Displaying pictures around the school, you may have someone recognize one of his friends in a picture and that could encourage him knowing he will have a friend in the club if he joins! Another way is to find someone on a sports team and introduce SAVE to his teammates!


    • Taleek Harlee February 16, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      Great question ! What we have done in the past we have had refreshments at our meetings, we would also make the meeting interactive. We made Chapter shirts and wore them on Thursdays and other students would ask questions about our organization. Our SAVE chapter also teamed up with our school FFA and FBLA chapter and had one big meeting, we planned community projects together. From that event we gained many members from both of those organizations. Last year we went to different class rooms and did the Grime Ripper skit and our chapter had fun with that. I hope I offered some insight to the question you were asking.


  • 1516SAVE December 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    What is some more ways to get members to join save


    • Maggie Adams December 1, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      My SAVE club at Chapel Hill faced this same issue at the beginning of this year, most of our members had graduated, so we were left with 5 seniors, including myself. One thing I did is I recruited freshman from my sports team. I told two freshman on my cross country team all about SAVE and the service projects my chapter did, and they really wanted to join! I asked the two freshmen to tell all of their friends about SAVE and get them to join, and they did! Now our club has about 25 active member, mostly freshman! Basically, a great way to get members is to make a personal connection with one or two people, and to get them really excited about joining SAVE, then you have them get their classmates to join. I hope this is helpful!


    • Jenny Suwanmanee December 3, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      In the beginning of the school year, my school has a week called “club week”. It is essentially a week for clubs to set up tables and welcome new people who want to join. Setting up a SAVE booth in the beginning of the school year is a great way to provide information about SAVE for the students at your school and getting people to join your club. Throughout the school year my SAVE Chapter does many activities with the school that gets people involved with SAVE and encourages them to join. Just get out there and spread the word! Whether it be through activities or flyers/posters or just talking to your friends. Spread the word about SAVE and what SAVE does and encourage people to join!


  • 1516SAVE December 1, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    What would be a good way to prevent bullying on buses?


    • Maggie Adams December 1, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      It can be hard to prevent bullying on buses, because most buses only have one adult supervisor, which is the driver. One thing your SAVE club could do would be create a buddy system on buses. If you know a specific person is being bullied on buses, then you could try to find them a buddy to sit with. If you know a specific bus is targeted for bullying, then you could have older members of your SAVE club ride the bus to watch out for bullying. If your school has a serious problem with bullying on buses, then you could have students sign a banner promising they will not bully on buses, or you can put up a sign about the effects of bullying on buses. Another idea is to hold an assembly for students, which would take lots of work to plan out, but would raise a lot of awareness. At the assembly you could show stories/videos about what happens when people are bullied on bus, or you could have a guest speaker. I hope this is helpful!


  • Kaleigh Wright November 17, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Good question! As a SAVE member i know it is hard to come up with new ideas for more service projects. Easy and smaller ones are doing little fundraisers, canned food drives, toys for tots, and Christmas angel projects for the holidays. Also, if you have a women’s shelter near you they would probably love if you contacted them to go help out, whether it’s just watching the children while the moms take a tiny break or just going there for support and help. A bigger project you can take on would be doing a sponsored walk or run at your school, they usually have huge turn outs and raise money for worthy causes while bringing the community together. Our SAVE chapter also talked to our school deputy and we are trying to set up an assembly for him to talk at which is a great idea to reach out to students about SAVEs messages. Hope this is helpful! Always remember you can ask us questions, we are here to help!


  • 1516SAVE November 17, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Question? What would be a good way to help stop bullying on buses?


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