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.
Working With Mentors
Think something is missing? Let us know and we’ll work on adding it in! Shoot us an email at info@AdCapYOUth.org and tell us what else you want included in the AdCap Handbook!
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.