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

Starting A Project

What is it?

Starting a project is one of the most difficult steps. Confronted with so many tasks, you might ask yourself; “Where do I begin?” That’s a natural part of this process. It’s anticipation. It’s the inspiration of your vision waiting to be realized. It’s an opportunity to logically plan how your expectations will lead to positive change. There are a few key elements to beginning every successful project.

Key Elements for Starting a Project:

  • Define the vision of your project: Why is your school or community in need of this project? Who will it impact? How do you see your project causing positive change?
  • Research the elements of your project: Knowing the history behind the need for this project and the current conditions of your school or community is essential for designing a project that makes the biggest difference in your proposed environment.
  • Establish Ambitious but Achievable Outcomes: One of the best ways to establish outcomes is to begin with the end in mind. Define Success. What does it look like? How do you envision the change positively impacting your school or community?
  • Develop benchmarks to track progress toward expected outcomes: Once you’ve defined your overall vision; create checkpoints to track your progress. These can revolve around important events, key communications, and essential deliverables.
  • Build your team: Every successful project is the product of a great team. It’s well worth your time to construct a plan for the configuration and responsibilities of your team.

Why is it important?

Abraham Lincoln once said “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Getting a well-organized and strong start to your project will make a huge difference in making your vision a success.

How can it help inspire you?

Having a plan and getting started will allow you to experience early successes that inspire you to move forward with confidence. Potential investors will be excited to see your team pushing forward and making your vision a reality. Get started!

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