How to plan a Service Challenge Project

Follow these 8 easy steps to plan the best project out there!

With the 2013 Service Challenge underway, some of you may already be finished with your project, while others may be wondering where to start! Well, don’t worry; this post will walk you through the steps to plan the project that will cater best to your community’s needs.

Looking at the flowchart below, the first step is to find the problem. It is important to remember that while you think you may know about a problem, it does not mean that it is the only one in existence. You should identify a need in your school or community by:
-Talking with students, community leaders, and family members
-Generating a survey to find out what the most popular problem is

The second step requires you to complete additional research andsimplex find more information that you can use to bring awareness to the most number of people. The more knowledgeable you are about the topic, the more credible you will seem.

In order to define the problem at step three, you must know specifics about the type of situation that your project is going to address. For example, if you say that you want to organize a food drive, that’s a great start, but it can’t stop there. By organizing a food drive, you must realize that the underlying problem would be that there are numerous people in your community that can’t afford necessities, such as food and water. The more specific you are with your problem definition, the more successful your project will be.

imagesStep four is the part of the cycle where you get to decide on the method that would best educate others about the problem that you identified with. If your school decides that they want to focus on children who are at risk, and start a mentorship program, that’s great! That same mentorship program would not be as successful if you decided to support a local animal shelter. For step five, you must select the final event, drive, or program that you will organize.

Step six is the implementation of all of your ideas and planning the details out for your project. Details that need to be considered include:
-How soon in advance do you have to get permission from your school?
-Where is the event going to be held and when?
-Have you made sure that the space is available the day you want it?
-Are volunteers involved?
-Do you want to reach out to businesses in the area to sponsor the event or donate food or prizes?
-Do you need to buy any materials?
These are just some of the things that must be thought about when trying to execute your project.

Step seven is the selling of your idea, which means spreading newspaperthe word to everyone in your community! To spread the word, you could:
-Make flyers to hang around school and your community
-Talk to specific classes or homerooms about the project
-Create a Facebook group and invite all of your friends
-Go to a local newspaper and present them with the story

Step eight is putting all of your hard work into action and seeing it accomplished successfully! You must remember that finding a problem in your community and creating a project based on it, is just the beginning. Chances are the problem existed before you discovered it, and chances are it will exist afterwards. That is why these eight steps fall in a circle, because in order to achieve long term success, you must continue to educate the public on the importance of the issue. The steps continue to be repeated, but the goal is that each time around, you will have a different version of the problem you began with. You will then know what worked with educating others the first time, what didn’t, and how you can improve for the future.

If your school has followed any of these steps or already completed your Service Challenge Project, make sure to let us know!  Be sure to tweet using #AMFChallenge so that we can stay involved with your project through our social media sites.

Becky Griesmer
Impact Intern
#AMFChallenge

To see where we got our model from and to learn more about the Simplex Process, please click here.

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Service Challenge Tour 2013

Ready for our AMF Team to visit your school?

YLS is over and Service Challenge projects have begun! I just finished reading over all the submitted projects that we received at the Seminar and you all have developed great ideas. Now it’s time to take the next step and see your service project in action!

Not only are you getting the chance to make an ever-lasting impact in your community by helping others that are in need of help, but you will also have the opportunity to be a part of our Service Challenge Tour! Want to know how? We here at AMF look over all the projects and then pick 5-10 schools we want to go visit this November thru March. During the Service Challenge Tour our Staff will take pictures and videos of the progress/outcome of your project. In addition, we will be accompanied by a special guests such as Anthony Muñoz, Speakers from YLS, or friends of AMF. Make sure your project stands out and makes an impact because if so, we will be seeing you this school year!

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Remember, while working on your Service Challenge projects we will be looking for schools that were able to make a lasting impact, have the most percentage of student participation, and are most creative. Now, let’s take this chance to get “Plugged In” to the community and make a difference. We are excited to see your projects!

If you are making a difference in your community comment below and let us know! We want to hear your stories and be able to share your experiences with others.

Megan Barger
Experience Intern

Final thoughts on YLS 2013

Thank you again to all of you for getting “Plugged In” last Wednesday!

Our October 9th Youth Leadership Seminar was a huge success and we could not have done it without all of you! It was record breaking attendance and #PluggedIn2013 was trending throughout the day in Cincinnati!

groupStudents spent the day at Xavier University learning about how they can make an impact in their communities. By getting “Plugged In” at the seminar, students had a chance to hear speakers such as Nick Jackson, a motivational speaker, April Kerley, a paralympian, and John Herman and Ben Crawford, who were from Epipheo. Participants were able to learn valuable skills through the planning of their Service Project, meeting new leaders from the Tri-State area, and by engaging in their communities and realizing what needs to change to make the world a better place. Here are some things that students shared with us about their experience:

lunch“My favorite part of the Youth Leadership Seminar was having all the guest speakers tell us how we can improve our lifestyle and help others along the way. I really like the idea of your life being a “story” and it is your job to make it exciting!”

“I was able to take away from this event the spirit of “I can.” I can make a change even if I’m one person. I can unite a community and make a difference.”

“Even if you change one life, that’s still a big deal.”

cowCheck out our recap video and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to see pictures of the event, and be sure to tag your friends! Stay tuned to learn more about our Service Challenge tour, where members of our office will actually visit schools to see the projects firsthand. Continue to visit our blog to learn more about how you can stay “Plugged In” this year and make an impact in your community. 

Becky Griesmer
Impact Intern
#PluggedIn2013

It’s Almost Time To Get “Plugged In”

Wow That Was Fast. YLS Is Right Around The Corner.

Can you believe YLS is only 1 day away?! We have been preparing around the clock here at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation to put together yet another successful installment of our annual Youth Leadership Seminar. We hope you are as excited as we are because #PluggedIn2013 is going to be awesome! This week’s blog will give you some tips to get you prepared for YLS.

We want everyone to be “Plugged In!”

  • Start by following us on Twitter and Facebook where we will
  • Bring your smartphones and devices to the event. We will host Twitter and Instagram contests with some pretty cool prizes!
  • Make sure your devices are fully charged because you will be very interactive! There will be a chance to text questions to our speakers!
  • Check out Megan’s Service Challenge Blog so you can begin brainstorming ideas for your school. We have an amazing prize for our 1st place school this year!
  • Bring a positive attitude and don’t worry about lunch (Chick-fil-A has you covered)

Do you feel ready for YLS? Feel free to ask us any questions you may have and we will be glad to answer them.

Adam Berman
Events Intern
#PluggedIn2013

YLS Speakers Revealed!

The Much Anticipated Moment…

While we have kept you waiting, we are now ready to reveal some of our speakers that will help you get #Plugged In! We are excited to have two great community leaders; John Herman and Ben Crawford, from Epipheo, speak at the 12th Annual YLS!

Epipheo is a digital storytelling firm headquartered in Cincinnati. Epipheo created a new industry in 2009 by producing animated explanatory web videos for startups and large brands like Google, Facebook and Amazon.  They help their clients discover the true human value in what they do and use storytelling as the primary means to communicate that value.  Their equation is simple. Epiphany + Video = Epipheo. John and Ben understand the importance of being “Plugged In” to the right sources and believe in sharing words that can change lives. By creating videos in a fun and relatable way, Epipheo allows people to utilize powerful ideas and products. We think they put it best, “There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” Everyone has ideas and Epipheo helps those ideas come to life. Check out how they make this happen!

John was born and raised in the Greater Cincinnati area and received his business degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Delhi.  When John’s not working at Epipheo’s secret lair in downtown Cincy, he can be found driving around on his old, red tractor at his homestead in Burlington, KY and spending quality time with his wife, Renee, and four young children.

Ben is an author, entrepreneur, owner, adventurer, father, and husband. In his pursuit for freedom he loves challenging the status quo and does not stop short in pursuing how the deepest truths impact our everyday lives. He has been featured on the front page of CNN, the NY Times, NPR’s “This American Life”, and been the subject of a full length documentary.

Together, they use their epipheos to share impactful messages that can make a difference in people’s lives. By sharing valuable sources of information with their communities, they give us all an opportunity to “Plug In.”

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, where we will reveal another speaker later on this week!

Adam Berman
Events Intern
#PluggedIn2013