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

Working With Mentors

What is it?

A mentor is a great resource for all leaders. The experience and support that a great mentor can provide will aide you through the challenges and successes of your project. The relationship between mentor and mentee is wonderful, and when it is cultivated all parties feel valuable and supportive of one another.

Key Considerations for Working with Mentors:

  • Define Your Needs: Be clear with your expectations. There are areas where you might feel you need more support. Be inspired by their expertise and ask for assistance in those areas. It’s also valuable to share your strengths. A quality mentor will appreciate knowing what your natural strengths are and the successes you’ve experienced.
  • Expand Your Horizons: There is no need to limit yourself to one mentor. In many ways, the support a leader needs might not be able to be addressed by a single person. Seek out support and an experienced voice wherever you find value.
  • Build Trust and Openness: A great mentor is there to help and guide. Be frank with your challenges and concerns so they can provide the most actionable feedback and advice. It’s also a great opportunity to learn about them and how they’ve handled challenges and successes in their endeavors.
  • Show Appreciation: Your mentors will want you to succeed and they’ll also want to know that you value their support. A great mentor invests in you and ensuring that they are appreciated and acknowledged is a wonderful personal and professional courtesy to share.

Why is it important?

Leading a project for positive change will guide you ahead of those waiting for change. Establishing a strong support system of people that can be there for you to listen and guide you along the way is vital.

How can it help inspire you?

Mentors are people that have been down similar paths. They’ve experienced their own successes and failures. They’ve overcome obstacles and learned how to get things done. Their knowledge and experience is invaluable when your project needs and extra bit of wisdom.

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