On colleges nation-wide, Valentine’s Day is often seen as being all about sex.
Many universities use the holiday as an opportunity to run Sex Week on campus (often complete with workshops on sex toys, BDSM, and instructions for “getting the most out of your hookups”). Other schools pass out condoms to students on their way to class encouraging them to practice “safe sex” that night.
Here at the Love and Fidelity Network, we have a tradition of offering students a different Valentine’s message. At dozens of college campuses across the country, students will be plastering quads and dorms with posters that remind peers not to buy into the predictable Valentine’s messaging that dominates popular campus culture. This year’s national poster campaign will encourage college students to “take a chance” getting to know each other by going on real dates, not hookups. The tagline on the posters reads: “People are worth it.” Hopefully this countercultural message will encourage students to build real, authentic relationships.
About our 2018 Valentine’s Poster Campaign
Beginning on February 12, 2018, the intercollegiate Valentine’s Day poster campaign will feature student groups at dozens of colleges and universities, including Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Stanford, Georgetown, Yale, and many more, that will be plastering campuses with posters to encourage peers to start dating—a practice that has been largely lost on most college campuses.
The poster campaign will challenge college students to take a chance on each other, reminding them that people are worth it. Students will be encouraged to keep their relationships intentional by asking each other out (and going!) on dates, while at the same time keeping the dates casual—understanding that a coffee date doesn’t mean an engagement ring is on its way! On social media, students will be encouraging their peers to #TakeAChance instead of simply carrying out the reigning campus expectations for Valentine’s Day, and inviting others to join in the conversation.
Join the Campaign
You don’t have to be a college student to spread the #TakeAChance message!
From coast to coast—Harvard to Stanford—with many schools in between, this Valentine’s Day, our fearless student leaders will be hanging hundreds of posters and hosting lectures and events to engage in conversations with their peers about authentic love and relationships.
But they need your support to make their efforts successful! Here’s how you can be involved:
1) JOIN the movement by visiting Facebook and Twitter every day during the campaign from February 12 – 18 to share what it means to #TakeAChance this Valentine’s Day! Even if you’re not a student, we want the campaign message to reach as far as possible, so make sure you use our #TakeAChance hashtag!
2) SUPPORT our campaign by making a donation that will go directly to covering the campaign costs. A gift of just $20 dollars covers the full cost of sending and hanging 10 posters for one of our LFN groups. A $100 gift covers the full cost of designing, printing, and shipping posters to one entire campus in our network.
$20 – Sends 10 posters
$30 – Sends 15 posters
$50 – Sends 25 posters
$100 – Fully funds the poster campaign at one school