Guide to Project Design | Overview

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The AdCap Project Designer is your opportunity to create a project that inspires and achieves positive health and wellness changes in your school or community. Using the Designer will help you transform your vision into an actual plan for potential investors and mentors to support. Completing the tiles in the Project Designer will empower you to pioneer your project and succeed! Each tile will help spark your BIG idea to become an inspiring and empowering reality.

Successfully completing the Project Designer tiles will highlight your knowledge of three key elements to any successful project – Knowledge of Self, Project Planning, and Getting Support.

Don't Forget!

Revisit, Review, Revise

You can hop between tiles and change information as your Project Design starts to unfold. There might be a great idea in a specific tile that inspires you to go back and improve others!
Once you complete every tile, you’ll be ready to submit your project for approval. Before you do that, review it to see if there are any changes or improvements that can be made. It might also be a great opportunity to get a parent, teacher or friend to review it with you to see if it makes sense!

Guide to Project Design | Knowledge of Self

The most successful projects often depend on how well the project planner knows themselves. What are your passions, inspirations and expectations? What gives you a feeling of accomplishment? What kind of leader are you? Being able to leverage your strengths will not only help you focus your attention where it is best suited, but also empower you to compliment your skills with supporters that have different skills to offer.

Introduce Yourself
In this tile, you’ll tell us what you’re passionate about and give a quick introduction on who you are. This will help you pinpoint what it is about your project that drives you to make changes happen, and will also help you decide what to share with potential supporters of your project. Learn more
What actual changes will you make happen?
In this tile, you’ll decide where you want to implement your project (i.e. at your school, at another school, in your community) and tell us about what that environment looks like now. You’ll also have a chance to envision what this space looks like once the changes you want to see have happened. Learn more
Who will your project impact?
This is a tile where you can dig in to who will be affected by your project. You’ll also figure out what motivates YOU to make change happen, identify what kind of leader you are, think about how to motivate others to support you and how you want to spread the word about your project. Learn more

Guide to Project Design | Project Planning

Creating a plan that includes key deadlines and expectations will allow you to maintain a powerful focus on your project outcomes that matter most. How will you measure the impact of your plan? What are the expectations for change? What logical steps, activities, and events are needed to move your project towards that picture you paint of the future? Potential investors want to know that they are supporting a vision that can become a reality.

What is your BIG project idea?
This tile is where you’ll fill in your actual BIG idea! You’ll explain what your project is about, put together a quick pitch and come up with a name for your project. Learn more
How will you measure impact?
You’ll use this tile to plan out how you plan to show the difference your project will make. You’ll select what qualifications you use to measure your impact and decide how to collect the information to show off that impact to others! Learn more
Checking In
This tile will help you build your timeline for your project and create checkpoints where you can report impact measures back to the AdCap team! You’ll connect with your Project Hub and learn more about the requirements for check ins. Learn more
Budget Builder
This important tile will help you plan out how much money you’ll need to spend to get your project off the ground. You’ll determine exactly what supplies, equipment, etc. you need and how much each of those things cost to determine a budget for your project. Learn more

Guide to Project Design | Getting Support

Support comes in many ways, shapes, and forms. How will you reach out to get what you need? Collaborating with supporters will put your Project Design in motion and allow more people to contribute toward the success of your project.

Building Support
This tile will ask you to provide contact info for your project location and your school, so that AdCap can reach out and make sure you get the support you need for your project. Learn more
The AdCap Seal of Approval
This tile has great information on different types of support AdCap offers, and explains how you can apply to get an “AdCap Seal of Approval”! You’ll also be offered the chance to submit your Project Design to receive funding, a mentor or the chance to attend an experience and tell AdCap what we can do to support you! Learn more

Ah Ha Moment

What is it?

The Ah-Ha moment is that super important moment where you decide to embark on a new challenge, or when the way forward presents itself in a clear way that inspires you. Think about when you first decided that this project would be worthwhile; or when – all of a sudden – the way to turn your idea into a reality finally made sense. Ah-Ha! It’s these moments that pinpoint that exact instance where you’ll see possibility to blaze forward.

Elements of an Ah-Ha Moment:

  • Circumstances of frustration or confusion: Solving problems is complex and as someone inspiring positive change, you’ll find yourself in scenarios where it seems as if a solution won’t present itself.
  • Moment of Realization or Clarity: The very instant that things make sense. You realize what it is you have to do. Whether it’s a greater purpose or the solution to the one issue that has been stalling your project. This usually happens after a time of frustration, confusion or just feeling “stuck”. Why is it important?

As you’re trying to make positive changes happen in your school or community, you’ll find at times inspiration or solutions to problems aren’t sitting right in front of you. It’s often in those challenging moments when the gift of clarity presents itself. It might come from stepping back for a moment to see the project from afar; or maybe a supporter has that missing piece that allows you to see new possibilities. These moments are transformative.

How can it help or inspire you?

Ah-Ha moments are rare. They come when you need them the most. When you get your Ah-Ha moment, capitalize on the momentum it will give you and your project. Those helping you will feel inspired and it will turn into one of the most productive times for your project.

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