I Want my TradYouth: A DIY Guide for New Chapters

civil-engineer1So, you think you’ve got what it takes to be TradYouth?  Here’s how you can do TradYouth at your own campus and community.  If you’re a college student, or just a regular Joe who pays attention to the world and wants to make a difference– here’s how to do it.

As a college student, you will get the most bang for your buck by becoming a registered student organization.  To register as a student group, you will need to contact your student union office.  The name might change from one college to the next, but there should be one central office which is responsible for filing the necessary papers.

Some universities may have a requirement for a minimum number of students before you register as a student group, and others may have a requirement that all student groups have an adviser.  Obviously, you will have to talk some people into joining.  Additionally, most universities will not “assign” anyone to be your adviser.  If you are required to have an adviser, you will probably be required to go and find someone who wants to do the job. There are also, sometimes, benefits to having advisers.  Those benefits will vary from one college to the next, so take a few minutes and see what is available to you.

Some universities may require that you take classes on money handling and accountability or reporting procedures, but these things are almost always contingent upon whether or not the student group plans to hold fundraisers or collect money for any purpose.  If you don’t plan to collect any money from students or hold organizational events to raise money, you most likely won’t be required to take those classes.

You will also be required to have a constitution for your chapter.  Your university will almost certainly have specific articles which you will be required to have.  Check with your student union administrators for what these required sections will be.  If you are looking for a model for your constitution, ask your student union office if they have a template.  Most of the time they will, but if not– don’t despair.  We can help you with that, too.  Contact us here on the site if you need some help, and we’ll send you a template.

The Traditionalist Youth Network exists to provide the resources and materials to college-aged individuals who are learning about the Traditionalist school of thought, and that means you will have to provide those materials to your members.  The good news is that most of the reading materials are accessible for free online.

A good primer for the Traditionalist school of thought, and a defense of Orthodoxy will be Julius Evola and G.K. Chesterton, respectively.  The good news is that most of these readings are available online for free.  The writings of Corneliu Codreanu are also available with a short internet search, and his writings help provide a unique insight on the requirements for starting a radical youth group.  Codreanu’s For My Legionaries is a helpful text to read over, and it is almost certainly a requirement for anyone aspiring to be a leader within a youth movement.

The readings are essential if you wish to have a firm grasp on the Traditionalist school of thought, but you don’t need to do all of them at once.  It’s a lot of reading, but there’s no way around it.  So knuckle down and get yourself educated on the foundations of Traditionalism.

While working on the readings– there is something else you can work on: Street activism.

The Traditionalist Youth Network believes in the importance of street activism, …but only if it’s done correctly!  Once you learn our style guide, you’ll be on your way to making some waves.  Here’s a style guide for you social media fans.  As the tutorial says, “If TradYouth’s managers and outreach associates deem your mash-up to be vulgar, incompatible with our vision, or riddled with typos, we reserve the right to throw you under the bus. If in doubt, contact us to confirm that your activist mash-up is cool with us.”

If you are interested to learn more about how to be an effective activist, I would strongly recommend reading Rhetoric of Agitation and Control.  You can buy them used on Amazon at fair prices, and you might also be able to find a couple of copies at your local book store.  On second thought, you might do best to just get it on the cheap from Amazon.

For all you folks who like to get outside and go chalking or hold demonstrations, there are a lot of different ways to “do it.”  Here is a quick guide for how to make some demonstration signs, and I would recommend that you apply the same principles to your chalking.  Make your chalk tags large and easy to read.  Leave a comment here if you have a specific question about this topic.  Also, be sure to get the largest sidewalk chalk you can find.  Do not under any circumstance use the type of chalk which teachers use for writing on chalkboards.  If I catch you using blackboard chalk, I will be the first to throw you under the bus.  Don’t do it– you’ve been warned.

If you’re a college student, you will also want to look into any university regulations which restrict where you are allowed to apply chalk.  The same goes for fliers.  You might not think it’s a big deal or something to be concerned about, but the university takes those things pretty seriously.  So, read the university regulations and follow the rules about where and how you’re allowed to chalk or distribute fliers.

Above all else, don’t forget to register your chapter of the Traditionalist Youth Network with us.

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