Guide to Project Design | Overview
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ah Ha Moment
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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.