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2017 Chapter Leader Academy


The 2017 Chapter Leader Academy consists of a series of web-based interactive sessions teaching key components necessary for chapter leadership success. These events are designed to empower and inspire the SVA chapter base while providing the tools and resources for all our chapters to grow and thrive. Student veterans will learn how to design, develop, and deliver an effective student veteran organization.


Lesson 1 of the Chapter Leader Academy took place in July of 2017. The valuable material that was presented in SVA's prior Leadership Summits remains in Lesson 1 of the Chapter Leader Academy. In it, student veterans learned the critical components of a business plan, such as drafting a mission statement, articulating goals and objectives, building a budget, and planning for long-term sustainability.


Lesson 2 of the Chapter Leader Academy built on the materials presented in the lesson 1. It covered the framework of chapter leadership, as laid out in the soon-to-be released SVA Chapter Handbook, as well as the importance of diverse and regular programming. Lesson 2 also included ways to build partnerships and fundraise your way to NatCon 2018!


Multiple members of a chapter's leadership team are encouraged to attend the webinars to promote collaboration and shared planning in the strategic vision for their chapter during the upcoming year and beyond. The Chapter Leader Academy will motivate students to think broadly about their chapter and explore campus-level concepts that can ease a veteran's transition from the military to higher education and then to the workforce.


Through this web-based content and the sharing of opportunities, challenges, successes, and best practices, we aim to have student veterans fully equipped to bring meaningful and sustainable change to their campuses and local communities.







January 25, 2018 – 6:00PM ET


How to Bring NatCon to Your Campus as a Chapter Leader


This session will focus on ways you can capitalize on the content and lessons shared at NatCon2018 to take your chapter to the next level. Experts will teach you three ways you can take the content learned at NatCon and use it to empower your chapter through the spring semester including growing your chapter and improving your programming. Special guests will include chapter members who were recognized during SVA's Honors Award Banquet. 


In this lesson you will learn:


  • Recap of NatCon 2018
  • The Importance of the Post NatCon Survey
  • Bringing Best Practices Back to Campus
  • Sneak Peak of CLA #4









September 28, 2017




In this lesson you will learn:


  • Chapter Leadership framework
  • How to get to NatCon2018
  • Partnership
  • Fundraising
  • Download Lesson PDF


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July 20, 2017


The session begins with our Director of Programs, Eric Gage concluding his background introduction. Subsequent sessions come from SVA's Barrett BogueVice President for Public Relations and Chapter Engagement, Mark McKenna, Director, Chapter Support & Ambassador Program and David Muir from The Veterans Staffing Network.


In this lesson you will learn:

  • the critical components of a business plan
  • drafting a mission statement
  • articulating goals and objectives, building a budget
  • planning for long-term sustainability 
  • Download Lesson PDF



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