Suggested Activities

There are many ways your chapter or council can participate in NSLW. Here’s one we’d like to suggest:

#OurDream18 NSLW Contest

Contest Open: April 1-30, 2018

Has your chapter or council ever wanted to complete a project to help a favorite cause but didn’t have the money to do it? Here’s your chance to get the extra funding you need.

Just give us your best pitch! Several councils and chapters will each win $250 to finance your project if it is selected in our contest. Here’s how to get started:

Dream. Imagine a project your chapter or council would like to undertake and how you would use a cash prize to complete it. Some examples of projects include starting a community garden or staging a concert to fund a school improvement need. Present your concept in a pitch and share it with us on social media using #OurDream18. See “How to Enter” below.

Lead. In your pitch, explain or illustrate how your chapter or council would lead the completion of the proposed project.

Serve. In your pitch, define how your project will answer a specific need. Who will you serve? What problem will you address?

How to Enter

Create whatever will help you communicate or illustrate your dream. Here are some examples:

  • Shoot a video with your pitch then tweet us a link to it. Or post the proposal directly to Instagram using #OurDream18.
  • Draw a storyboard or poster and take a picture of it. Post it to Instagram or Facebook to share. Use the post or caption space to provide more detail if needed.
  • Use your imagination—Claymation, poetry, diorama, a song—you name it. Just be sure to share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube using #OurDream18.

IMPORTANT! Make sure we know you’ve entered by filling out a submission form here:

See official contest rules here.

More Ways to Get Involved in NSLW


Awards Ceremony. Schedule an awards ceremony, banquet, luncheon, or breakfast to honor students, advisers, and administrators for their work in student activities at your school. Record the event and post on social media using #NSLW2018.

Elections. Conduct elections for class and student body officers during NSLW; alternatively, install the newly elected officers if elections have been completed. In their campaign speech, ask the student leaders to express how they can “make their mark on the world.”

Community Leaders Event. Invite prominent community members to address your group, focusing on the things they learned from being involved as student leaders in middle level or high school that they find useful now in their careers.

Community Service Flyers. Post flyers including short “community service” profiles of student leaders in the halls and in classrooms. The short profiles (with headshot, name, school year) should include the theme “Make Your Mark on the World: Dream. Lead. Serve.” and a one to two-sentence blurb about a service activity the individual participates in regularly. Ask for general student submissions during NSLW using this statement or a variation of it: “Tell us how YOU are making your mark on the world.” Post as many as you can during NSLW and keep updating and adding profiles as long as you wish.

Positive Social Media Search. Conduct a social or other media search to find positive messages and/or reports on good deeds from around the world to tweet or post on social media. (This is also a good lesson on the effects of sharing positivity using these channels.) Use #NSLW2018 when you post.

Community Service Clubs. Promote school clubs dedicated to community service. School leaders can profile the clubs in the school newspaper or post about an upcoming club activity via social media.

Student Poll. Create and distribute a poll asking the student body the most important problem facing the community and seek their suggestions to solve it. Based on the results, draft a proposal for a year-long student-led volunteer project addressing the most popular issue. You can also use Twitter polls if your chapter or council has a large Twitter following!

Donation Drive. Organize a food/money drive to help a community center or cause in the community.

Cleanup Day. Organize a school cleanup day where student leaders tidy the school grounds and help to organize classrooms.

Community Service Wall. Create a “wall of community service” where student leaders begin posting their acts of kindness and challenge their fellow students to do the same.

Climate-Building Activities

NSLW is also a great opportunity for your council or chapter to show leadership and organize an activity or event that builds a positive environment in your school. Here are some you might consider:

Dress-up Days. Designate a different type of apparel each day, for example, color days, ugly sweater days, favorite sports team days, etc.

Class Competitions. Often, competitions are staged for food collection drives, with the winning class earning a special treat like a pizza or doughnut party.

Spirit Rally. Why limit the spirit to homecoming activities? Have a pep rally just because! Bring the entire school together in the gym for music, lip sync battles, dance, and cheering from your cheer squad.  Let your imagination run wild and think how your council or chapter can take the lead in building cohesiveness among all students.