The process of starting a chapter of Actively Moving Forward (AMF):
1) Student learns about the organization from the internet, media, or a supporter;
2) Student visits the website, specifically the Start A Chapter page and fills in an inquiry about starting a chapter;
3) Director of Programming Kiri Thompson (Kiri-AMF@HealGrief.org) holds a call with every interested student;
4) After the intro call, the student accesses the Chapter Toolkit, which provides steps for how to create a strong, sustainable chapter, step-by-step instructions for leading a peer-to-peer support group, important training materials on coping with grief; step-by-step instructions for leading a service project; and lots of tips from other student leaders!
5) The AMF Director of Programming contacts key personnel on campus (Campus Ministry, Counseling Center, Dean of Students, Student Health, etc) regarding the organization.
6) AMF holds conference calls once a month with all of their chapter leaders which are devoted to a specific topic. During these calls, AMF shares best practices from our experience and the individual chapters share with one another about what they have done.
9) AMF hosts a national conference annually called the “National Conference on College Student Grief,” which brings together chapter leaders, leaders in college student mental health, experts in bereavement, and interested college students, faculty, and staff. AMF pays for complete travel and stay costs for 1-2 student leaders per chapter. During this conference, chapter leaders break-out for specific instructions and direction about how to start a chapter.
Additionally, if there are any issues on campus with campus personnel, the Director of Programming troubleshoots, along with campus leaders, and members of the Board of Mental Health Professionals become involved with advocating for the group, if necessary.
As an official Actively Moving Forward (AMF) chapter, your school will:
Have a student-only environment where students grieving the illness or death of a loved one can meet and interact with others in a similar situation
Be part of a national network of campuses and students that address the specific issues that arise with grief during the college years
Have direct access to our national staff and volunteers, including other current and former chapter leaders
Have the opportunity to send chapter leaders to our national conference, with travel and lodging expenses subsidized
Receive up-to-date information on chapter best practices, bereavement support resources, and partner organizations
Provide opportunities for chapter members to gain valuable leadership skills in a variety of areas