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.
Creating And Managing A Budget
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What is it?
As you seek support from potential investors, a plan to use those funds is vital to ensuring that their support is put to good use. Materials, event space, technical support, and refreshments are just some of things that you might account for in your budget. What things are needed in order to make your project successful?
Key Considerations for Creating and Managing a Budget:
- Use your Project Design as a foundation for determining the items you need: Your design, deadlines and timelines will all assist in generating an initial list of financial needs.
- Research approximate costs: Look into the costs of the materials associated with your events, deliverables and other supporting items. Remember these may change! It might be helpful to put aside extra funds when planning for an event or deliverable that costs money. That way if something costs more than you expect, you’ll be prepared. If you have leftover funds, you can do something extra to wow your investors!
- Manage your budget efficiently: Using spreadsheets or other programs or tools that will help you keep an accurate accounting of funds in real-time is vital to keeping your costs in check.
- Be transparent: Your investors trust you and believe in your project. They will appreciate knowing exactly how you’re using their support.
Why is it important?
An accurate budget helps define the possibilities of your project. Managing funds allows you provide support to the priorities that will create positive change in your school or community.
How can it help inspire you?
Your budget is your opportunity. It’s the lens to view your activities and events that will mold your ideas into something special.