What are the basic requirements to become a Chapter Leader?
The basic requirements to apply to be a Chapter Leader are simple:
What is involved in maintaining an active ICAN Chapter?
All ICAN Chapters must:
Some chapters choose to go beyond these basic requirements and have monthly meetings, hold chapter fundraisers, have informational booths at local events, etc., but these things aren't required. We understand that each area has its own unique needs, and we respect our volunteers' availability. We're really very flexible.
What happens after I pay my Chapter Leader Applicant Fee?
After you pay the Chapter Leader Applicant Fee, you will be emailed the Chapter Leader Guidebook and a form to fill out - the Chapter Leader Agreement. You’ll read the Guidebook, fill out the form, and then return the form to the Chapter Director. The Chapter Leader Applicant Fee is valid for 6 months; you’ll have 6 months from the date of payment to return the paperwork. Once the forms are returned, your chapter’s listing will be added to the ICAN website and you will be an official ICAN Chapter Leader.
What kind of resources are available to Chapter Leaders?
Chapter Leaders receive support from their Regional Coordinator and the Chapter Director. They also have access to a leaders-only e-mail list and a section of the ICAN website accessible only to leaders. There is also a special Chapter Leader Training available at ICAN Conferences along with an Accreditation program (currently being developed). As volunteer availability allows, occasionally there are also Chapter Leader chats and a Chapter Leader newsletter.
Can I have others help me run my chapter? What is required of them as co-leaders or officers?
Absolutely! It is great to get others involved with your chapter! They will follow the same process above except Chapter Co-Leaders must pay a one-time Co-Leader Applicant Fee of $25. When they pay this, they will be sent the Chapter Leader Guidebook and paperwork that they must return to the Chapter Director. They must also be current ICAN subscribers, which they can do directly through your chapter so that part of the subscription funds stay local if you have an established bank account.
Some chapters have other Chapter Officers like a Treasurer, Secretary, Outreach Coordinator, etc. While many chapters do thrive with only one or two Chapter Leaders, many chapters find it beneficial to enlist the help of other volunteers as Chapter Officers. Chapter Officers must be current ICAN subscribers and follow the same process above as well, minus the leader fee.
I don't live in the United States or Canada. Can I still start an ICAN Chapter?
Yes! Our International chapters pay a reduced Chapter Leader Applicant Fee which is determined by country. Please contact our International Director  for more information.
I have other questions about starting and maintaining a chapter. Where do I find out more?
Fill out the application above and either the Chapter Directer or your Regional Coordinator will contact you to discuss the application. You may find that the application process will answer a few of your questions. At that time we can personally discuss your concerns and answer any additional questions. If you would rather discuss a quick question over email you can contact your Regional Coordinator  or the Chapter Director  with any other questions you have. We look forward to talking with you!