During October, which is Respect Life Month, the RLA hosts its annual Respect Life Convention. The purpose of the Convention is to provide a forum for Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to gather and listen to informative and motivational speakers discuss the dignity and sanctity of human life and the latest efforts to build a Culture of Life.
Right START (via The Office of Catholic Education & Formation)
Established by the Apostolate in 1997, the Right START (Students Tackling Abortion Realities Today) program is the archdiocesan respect life and chastity education curriculum. Professional program coordinators and trained volunteer teachers present the Right START curriculum to eighth graders in Catholic day schools and parish schools of religion, operating under the Office of Catholic Education & Formation.
Eighth Grade Creative Writing Contest
Since 1979, the Respect Life Apostolate has sponsored an annual writing competition for 8th grade students planning to attend a Catholic high school or accredited Catholic home school program. Six scholarships and four to nine honorable mention prizes are awarded each year (Catholic students entering public high schools are also eligible for the honorable mention prizes).
Respect Life Parish Committee Network
The Parish Respect Life Committee Network, led by a respect life coordinator at each church, is a vital part of the Apostolate's success in serving the community. Not only does the network provide resources to their parishes on life issues, they also actively evangelize their fellow parishioners and support their pastors and priests in making life issues visible at the parish level.
The Apostolate publishes a monthly pro-life e-newsletter features local, state and national pro-life events, news, service and prayer opportunities, and public policy initiatives.
The RLA offers an unpaid summer internship to incoming high school seniors and college students. Interns engage in program and event planning; drafting pro-life articles; contributing to web and social media efforts; conducting topical pro-life research; and assisting with general office operations. Additionally, interns gain professional experience in an Archdiocesan agency setting and networking with pro-life leaders.
Pro-Life Video Challenge
Each year, archdiocesan youth and young adults are invited to create a short pro-life video in conjunction with the Annual Respect Life Convention and compete for a $500 cash prize.