BEGIN WITH A VISION OR DREAM
- To solve community issues or problems it is best to start with an action plan.
- Action plans are easier when you identify a problem or issue to solve by asking a question. An example would be “Should schools be allowed to monitor cyberbullying from any computer in school and at home?”
- To help you get started, first describe what you want to do that will bring you closer to your vision(s) or dreams for your community. Include in this plan, any individuals who might be able to help you.
IDENTIFY YOUR GOALS OR OBJECTIVES
CREATE OR DEVELOP YOUR PROJECT
IMPLEMENT/CARRY OUT YOUR PROJECT
REVIEW AND EVALUATE THE PROJECT
- Evaluating a project is a key part of action planning. Make a list of the things that you want your project to accomplish. What changes do you hope will take place in the community? What do you personally hope to learn? What people do you hope to meet and work with?
- After the project has been completed, bring out your list and review it. Some questions to consider include:Has the project been successful? How do you know? What can you do to improve the project the next time you do it? What do you hope to learn from participating in the project?
DOCUMENT THE PROJECT
Keeping a record of the project is important. Here are ways to preserve the project:
- Write articles for the school newspaper, local newspapers, or on-line news sources
- Produce a video.
- Post on U-Tube, School Tube, Instagram, Facebook, or your school/class web site
- Produce a public service announcement (PSA) for radio or television.
REFLECT ON WHAT HAS BEEN LEARNED
- What are you learning or what have you learned about your experiences?
- What differences have these experiences made in your life?
- What differences have these experiences made in your school and community?
- What has happened to make you a more informed and more involved citizen?
CELEBRATE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS!!!