THE 5 C’s of Getting Products in YOUR school!

 

Community

Stakeholders / Allies

Connect with other passionate individuals who care about the subject. Some places you may find these allies include your PERIOD chapter, social justice clubs, the health center, OB/GYNs on campus, gender studies departments, and Greek life.

    • Petitions

Many of the United for Access schools are using petitions on Action Network to demonstrate community support, but other schools have seen success without petitions.

    • Buttons:  Action Network (1)

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-now-end-period-poverty?source=email&

 

Coordinate

You have the people, now you need a plan. Divide up the action items, and complete all the tasks before contacting your administrators. It is important to be organized, informed, and prepared when you meet with them. These action items include:

    • Schedule meeting

Once you have everything ready, set up an in-person meeting with school decision-makers calling their office or emailing them directly. Elect a few individuals to meet with administration and pitch the project.

    • Read and understand the sample cost breakdown for the administration to provide menstrual products. Look into cost estimates and understand the investment. For example: Here is the cost breakdown for a full menstrual product program in academic buildings with Aunt Flow.


Buttons: Email template, Cost Breakdown (2)

 

Convince

Prepare your presentation or handout.

Look for inspiration in the sample handout, it provides a quick synopsis of what you want and why you feel passionate about this initiative. 

When it is time to meet with your administration, be prompt and dress professionally. Make sure you:

  1. Have hard copies of all materials - we recommend that you use the “school handout” to leave with the administrators when you finish, and ensure that any technological elements in your presentation are working properly.

  2.  Begin by presenting your handout, then move into the cost, as well as your plan for executing the program.

  3.  Listen to the concerns of the administrators, answer their questions, and work with them to come up with a plan moving forward.

    1. Talking points: 

      1. Introduce yourself and share why you got involved with PERIOD and are passionate about the menstrual movement

      2. Before going into the meeting, be sure you're clear on what your "ask" is! Are you interested in starting a pilot program in your school to push for free menstrual hygiene products? 

      3.  "How can we help you?" is a question worth asking your administrators. This may be creating a marketing sheet about the products, stating to not steal them or even surveying your student body. 

      4. Schedule a follow-up meeting with your administrators and make sure you’re clear about what you need to have ready by this follow-up meeting and the tentative deadline for implementing this project.

      5. After your meeting, be sure to send a thank you email to the people you met with.

      6. For more personalized advice and guidance, reach out to policy@period.org

 

Connect

It is vital to meet with your school administration to speak about the lack of menstrual products in your school. Making them aware of this issue and its urgency in which it must be dealt with is the first step towards a solution. When connecting with potential companies who could provide your school with products, it is also important to reach out to a distributor who can fulfill your school's needs and meet the financial budget. 

Follow-up and follow-through:  

    • Aunt Flow

If you choose Aunt Flow as your distributor, connect your school with your Aunt Flow rep to answer any outstanding questions, provide support, and implement.  Aunt Flow will work with your school’s current distribution partner to roll out the product. Contact: Anne Weigand - anne@auntflow.org 

    • Purchasing agent

After meeting with your school administration be sure to follow up with them after the meeting to keep the conversation going. In many cases, you will have to be persistent in order to see action being taken. 

    • Plan of action for next steps.

Work with your school to understand the next steps for the pilot or full implementation, and whether your chapter has any responsibility. If you have any questions about this process reach out to policy@period.org.

 

Continue

Implement the next steps: Implement a pilot program OR prepare for campus-wide adoption.  Keep the momentum going by broadcasting your success on social media and connecting with the school or the local newspaper to write a story.