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What is Bedsider?

Bedsider.org is a website dedicated to making birth control easier by giving women and men 18-29 everything they need to find it, get it, and use it well. The program is an initiative of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a privately funded, research-based, non-profit, non-partisan organization.

What is Bedsider U?

Bedsider created the Bedsider U college program to help students get on top of their sex life. College is a crazy, busy, wild time, and we’re here to make sure students understand their birth control options so that they’re able to keep the balance of school and social life without the addition of an unplanned pregnancy.

How do I become a Bedsider U Campus Rep?

If you'd like to bring Bedsider U to your campus—or just get involved—start by visiting bedsider.org/college to get more info. Then all you have to do is fill out our online application. Once you’ve applied, we’ll review the application and, upon acceptance, we will give you access to the Campus Rep website. You’ll be able to find everything you need to start and run your Campus Group from the Bedsider Rep website. We’ll also send your Campus Group Leader a Bedsider U campus swag pack.

When are applications due?

Bedsider U uses a rolling approach to application submissions. That means we accept applications all year long.

If we aren't on your campus yet, we encourage you to submit an application as soon as possible so we can consider your school for the Spring 2017 semester. And please don't worry if the semester has already started. Submit your application anyway. We'll simply add you to the list and look into your campus for the Spring 2017 semester.

Which schools already have Bedsider U Campus Groups?

  • American University
  • Boston University
  • Cal Poly pomona
  • Carleton College
  • Clark
  • Clemson
  • Colby College
  • Converse College
  • Dickinson College
  • Drew University
  • Drexel University
  • East Carolina University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Emory
  • George Mason
  • George Washington University
  • Illinois State
  • Loyola
  • Michigan State
  • Mills College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • NYU
  • SUNY at Fredonia
  • San Francisco State University
  • Stanford
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas A&M
  • USF Morsani College of Medicine
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of Minnesota Medical
  • University of New England
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Utah
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wagner
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • West Virginia University
  • Westminster
  • Winona State
  • Wittenberg University

Where can I find out if I’ve been accepted to join Bedsider U?

Fill out the application on our Bedsider U webpage. We want to know more about you, your interests, and why you’d like to bring Bedsider to your campus. After we receive it, we will email you within 2 weeks regarding whether or not you’ve been accepted to start a Bedsider U group on your campus.

How do you decide who gets to participate in a Bedsider U Campus Group?

We’re looking for outgoing, passionate, well-rounded students who will be able to share information about Bedsider.org around campus. If you’re interested in hosting events and giving out Bedsider materials, we encourage you to apply. We decide acceptance based on the number of students who want to start a campus group at their school.

What are the requirements for being a Bedsider U Campus Rep?

The best Bedsider U Campus Reps are outgoing, social, and creative. We’re looking for students who want to change the perception of birth control from a medical issue to a topic that is discussed openly and honestly (and in a fun way!) with solid facts.

Bedsider U Campus Reps know how to have fun, but also realize the importance of accurately informing and reaching out to their fellow students–both men and women–to let them know about Bedsider.

How much time do I have to spend working on Bedsider U?

You know the old adage: The more you put in, the more you get out? Well, we agree with that. We know your number one priority is school (and there are some other priorities in there as well–hello, love), so there is no specific time requirement.

What do Bedsider U Campus Groups do?

It’s easy–spread the word about Bedsider to your campus! More specifically, Bedsider U Campus Groups will be responsible for generating awareness about Bedsider, starting conversations, and helping college women and men become better informed about their birth control options.

Groups will share fun, exciting Bedsider materials (including posters, stickers, koozies, etc.) at events thrown (or sponsored) by the group, on and off campus. It’s all about having a good time and learning about Bedsider. In addition, Campus Groups are required to plan and execute at least 3 events per semester.

What do I get for being a Bedsider U Campus Rep?

Besides the opportunity to share some awesome resources with your peers, Campus Reps get:

  • Amazing work experience for a well-established and respectable national non-profit on your resume.
  • Knowledge about grassroots marketing, public relations, and community organizing.
  • The opportunity to collaborate as a team with talented and motivated peers.
  • Networking experience and communication skills.
  • Invaluable, real-world learning about change marketing.
  • The opportunity to plan and execute creative events.
  • The opportunity to empower other college students to make BC a part of their sex lives.
  • Fun, free swag to share with your campus.

As a Bedsider U Campus Rep, you will have the chance to be featured as a Guest Blogger on the Bedsider Tumblr and the ability to connect with Bedsider U Campus Reps across the country.

What type of people are you looking for to be a Campus Rep or in a Campus Group?

Some qualities we’re looking for:

  • Involved, ambitious, and always seeking new opportunities.
  • Communicate well with others.
  • Active on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Well-organized.
  • Able to delegate and lead/manage group members.
  • Creative.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Responsible and capable of committing to a (flexible) schedule.
  • Attending an accredited 4 year institution
  • Experienced with graphic design or art (not required, but always a plus to help with making creative materials).
  • Interested in public health.
  • Interested in volunteerism, working with a national nonprofit, and gaining experience as a leader.
  • Involved in a strong peer network or group (Greek ties are a plus).

What is a Bedsider U Campus Group Leader?

Campus Group Leaders will be responsible for the overall management of Bedsider U on campus, including recruitment and campus event management. Leaders will be the main contact with Bedsider National.

Campus Group Leaders are chosen based on application responses, student status, and timing of application submission.

My major isn’t public health or education. Can I still get involved?

Of course! Anyone interested in helping spread the word about Bedsider can be involved by applying to be a Bedsider U Campus Rep or joining an existing Bedsider U Campus Group.

I don’t know much about all the methods of birth control. Am I still eligible?

Definitely! Campus Reps aren’t tasked with sharing medical information about birth control. In fact, it’s the opposite. We just want you to tell people about Bedsider so they know there’s a fun, accurate, and non-judgy resource out there for them.

I’m not active on social media. Am I still a good fit for a Campus Rep?

A large majority of the outreach done by Bedsider and our Bedsider U Campus Reps is over social media, so we request that all Campus Reps be actively engaged on Facebook. You will also be encouraged to provide images and captions for Instagram (which we will upload on your behalf). If you shy away from social media, you can join the Bedsider Campus Group and find other ways to spread the word by staffing a Bedsider table at events or helping reach out to Health Centers. There are a ton of ways to help!

What resources are there for Bedsider U Reps?

After you’ve applied online and been accepted to the Bedsider U program, you will gain access to an online community made specifically for Bedsider U Campus Reps. On the site, you will have access to the volunteer resource guide, poster templates, social media graphics, event flyer templates, your group activities report, and other Bedsider documents important to the success of your campus outreach program.

How many people can be in a Campus Group?

The more the merrier! We see the ideal Campus Group including diverse members with different backgrounds and interests. The ideal Campus Group would have at least four members with the ability to grow over time and continue on each semester.

Can men be a part of Bedsider U Campus Groups?

While we prefer the ladies to take charge as Campus Reps, we’d love for guys to get involved too. After all, both men and women should know about Bedsider and all we do.

Do I have to pay for anything out of pocket if I’m a Campus Rep or part of a Campus Group?

We’ll provide you with all of the collateral you need for events. If you are going to incur costs for planning an event, please email college@bedsider.org to see if that’s a cost we can cover, or if you should be prepared to pay that cost, or make other arrangements. It’s our hope that Campus Reps can focus on planning great parties and getting the word out without digging in your purses to do so.

What comes in the Bedsider U Campus swag pack?

Your swag pack will include everything you need to share Bedsider on your campus: Posters, stickers, koozies, buttons, lip balm, and other fun items. These are all Bedsider-branded and are great for passing out on campus or at Bedsider events.

What if I need more collateral than you send?

If you’re throwing a large event, you can put in a request for additional collateral through the Rep website. (Access is granted when you are accepted as a Campus Rep).

Does a Campus Group have to be an official student organization registered with my school?

Your Bedsider U group doesn’t have to become an official student organization through your school. But typically there are benefits to becoming an official student organization, like using campus buildings for meetings, participating in student activities fairs, and events and the ability to promote your group.

We’d love for you to start a Bedsider U Campus Group as an official or unofficial organization, depending on your school’s requirements.

To become an official group, many schools require students to do the following:

  • Find out if your campus requires filling out a form or applying to become an official student organization
  • Find a staff or administrative representative as an advisor, if needed.
  • Email us at college@bedsider.org if your school requires a letter from Bedsider to start a campus group.
  • Find out if your school has restrictions or requirements on the number of students required to establish a campus group. If so, get the word out to friends and see if they’re interested in joining you in promoting Bedsider.
  • Check with your school’s Office of Student Activities, Office of Civic Engagement, Office of Student Life, Office of Student Organizations, or contact your Dean of Students to find out the requirements for establishing a student organization or to ask any questions related to getting a Bedsider group formed on your campus.

Remember: If you can’t become an official student organization, that’s okay! We still love you! We can still send you Bedsider materials to share with your campus.

What’s the best way to recruit members and promote my campus group?

  • Spread the word at Student Organization fairs and promote Bedsider on your campus along with information on how to get involved.
  • Put your Bedsider swag to work. Wear your Bedsider shirt around campus, post a Bedsider sticker on your laptop, put the Bedsider iPhone case on your phone, or put up a Bedsider poster on your door.
  • Set up an information table at your school’s campus activities fair–let people know about your group by creating a sign-up sheet and passing out Bedsider materials.
  • Recruit people with specific interests. Reach out to your friends in student government, public health classes, design classes, athletic teams, volunteer organizations, and Greek life.
  • Put up flyers promoting your events and Bedsider around your campus.
  • Put an announcement of your campus group in your campus newspaper. Or even better, submit an article about why you think Bedsider is needed at your college or university.
  • Talk to professors of related programs and ask them to share the Campus Group information with their classes.

Who can I contact to learn more about the program?

If you still have questions after reading our FAQs, feel free to email college@bedsider.org.