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Starting an NSHSS Chapter

Starting an NSHSS Chapter

Congratulations on taking the first step in starting an NSHSS Chapter at your high school. The process is simple and easy! You will also have individual guidance from a designated NSHSS Staff Member to help you navigate starting a new club at your school. Simply complete the steps below in order to begin the journey. 

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How To Start A Chapter

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The chapter process may be led by a student, educator, parent or community leader; however, a student member working to develop skills in communication and organizational processes would be the ideal candidate.

A: There are four requirements in order to start a chapter. A checklist can be found here

1) Complete a Charter Application Form

2) Recruit Chapter Advisor(s) and have him/her complete an Advisor Profile Form

3) Recruit Chapter Officers and have them complete an Officer Profile Form

4) Submit a Signed School Approval Form


A: Speak with your high school administration to find out what the process is to start a new club at your high school.  Begin speaking with your classmates to see who is an NSHSS member and who may be interested in becoming a student leader (officer) with the chapter. Begin speaking to high school educators (teachers, counselors, principals, etc.) to see who may be interested in serving as an advisor to the chapter.  

A: Each chapter should maintain 3-5 chapter officers throughout the academic year. At minimum, the role of President is required along with two additional individuals serving in their choices of Vice President, Community Service Director, Communications Director and/or Treasurer. Additional details regarding the roles can be found here.

A: Each chapter should maintain at least one advisor throughout the academic year. The advisor must be an employee of the high school where you are starting the chapter. His/her responsibilities include providing guidance and support to the chapter officers throughout the academic year, ensuring the chapter is being a good representation of NSHSS and the school and nominating students for membership. Additional details regarding the role can be found here

A: Congratulations, you have been working hard! Please ensure each leader has completed the online Officer Profile Form or Advisor Profile Form for your chapter. This will allow NSHSS to communicate directly with each leader and provide additional information to help lead the chapter.  


A: Start to promote your NSHSS activities and opportunities throughout your school and social media; peruse your NSHSS dashboard for chapter specific resources. Continue to communicate with your NSHSS representative every step of the way. Determine a time, date and location for your Chartering Ceremony. Don’t forget to use the Chapter Standards to help guide your way through your annual plan.


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