The mission of the CKG Foundation is to fulfill Cameron’s dream
and legacy by being a positive force that works to cultivate awareness and
understanding of teenage depression and anxiety.
We are excited that you want to be a part of
Cameron’s dream team to normalize the conversation
about mental wellness and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
We are here to help answer your questions, provide guidance and support you. At the same time, this is YOUR club, and we encourage you to think outside the box to meet the needs of your school and community.
The mission of a SpeakUp Club is to increase awareness and understanding of teenage mental wellness, including anxiety and depression, and to show support for those who are struggling. This mission mirrors that of the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation and supports the vision Cameron began.
To start a club, you need to follow the guidelines set
forth by your school administration.
Typically, you will need a faculty sponsor.
Below is a quick start-up guide and questions to
ask yourselves to begin.
Who should you ask to be the faculty club sponsor?
Is there a teacher that students are comfortable talking with, does the teacher have a personal connection to the mission, which teacher do you
trust to share your
Frequency of meetings – once a month, twice a month?
How long will the
Who will help
lead the club?
How will you promote and encourage membership in
Can members receive community service hours for attending meetings or volunteering at CKG events?
Will you have fundraising events or charge a minimal fee for club dues to pay for supplies?
create an action team
Create a team to help organize programs, set up events, help provide food items if you want snacks at the meetings.
MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT IDEAS
Personally invite individuals – everyone likes to be asked.
Create a booth for school club fair or setup during lunch periods.
Create a big, inviting poster to attract people, hang them around school.
Ask CKG for swag to hand out. (bracelets, quote cards)
Hold meetings, communicate with CKG Facilitator, propose activities, and open discussion for club members.
Help facilitate activities and support the president.
In charge of communications to club members and documenting meeting outcomes.
If the club will be raising funds, the treasurer would be responsible for collecting and disbursing funds.
hOw to run your club
Members of SpeakUp Clubs are asked to commit to being ambassadors of kindness each and every day, so that they may lead by example and support ending the stigma associated with mental health.
SpeakUp Clubs are to hold regular meetings during which
members of the club are reminded of the mission and importance of creating an environment of kindness in their school community and beyond.
A mission moment is a simple story or account of when someone went out of their way to brighten the day of someone who was struggling, or just a simple act of kindness to a stranger, student, faculty, or community member.
Discussion of issues or topics of concern (depending on each school environment and overall wellness of students).
Planning of upcoming activity or events.
Art or service projects undertaken, as needed.
Close meeting with an inspirational quote.