Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Build a Project in Your City


Building a Possibility Project program is a demanding – and rewarding – enterprise. It requires a lot of time, energy and talent. It also requires a team approach. If you and your team would like to bring the power and promise of The Possibility Project to your community, we would welcome hearing from you.

Before you contact us, however, we want to clarify a few things about what we do not do and share how the process for building a project works.

What we DON’T Do…  

The Possibility Project does not “parachute in” to communities. We know that you know your community, and you live there, so you are in the best position to build a program that works there. That means that we can facilitate the creation of The Possibility Project in your city, but we cannot do the work for you.

The Possibility Project does not “target” cities. Wherever there are young people, The Possibility Project can be a means for creating safe, peaceful and productive communities. Within the limits of our capacity, we work with those communities who are ready for the challenge of The Possibility Project and committed to its purpose.

The Possibility Project is not temporary. Because our aim is to build programs that last, we only work with organizations that want to build sustainable programs.

The Possibility Project does not accept letters of intent or applications from individuals, only non-profit organizations, schools, or community-based organizations. Why only organizations? Because The Possibility Project is truly a team effort and requires the resources and infrastructure that existing organizations have. If you are an individual, we recommend finding a non-profit in your community who would be interested in working with you.

How Building a Project Works  

If you want to engage in the work of building a Possibility Project, here’s what you do:

  1. If you are an individual, connect with a non-profit, school, or community-based organization and gain their commitment to bringing a Possibility Project to your city.
  2. If you are a non-profit, school, or community-based organization, gather a project leadership team to get started.
  3. Gather your organization’s team and decide why you want to bring The Possibility Project to your community, how you think you can do it together and what each team member’s role will be.
  4. Contact us and let us know of your interest. We have a few questions for you and a few suggestions, too. You can e-mail us at info@the-possibility-project.org or call us at 212-924-2300
  5. Write us a letter stating your intention. We want to know why The Possibility Project is important for your community, how you plan to make it happen there, and what resources you think you can bring to the effort.
  6. Your letter will be assessed by our staff and Board of Directors. If we all agree that your organization has what it takes, then you will have the opportunity to complete a full application to build a Possibility Project in your city.
  7. The application is a rigorous set of requirements – from conducting a community assessment to building a local Advisory Board to engaging youth to raising funds – that are the pillars of building a successful, sustainable Possibility Project.
  8. Once you complete the requirements, our Board of Directors then consider final approval. If they give their approval, you can then start the first Possibility Project program in your community. If for some reason you are not approved, we will communicate what you need to change and you will have the chance to try again.

Our aim is to build a national – and international – network of Possibility Projects that develop a cadre of youth leaders creating safer, more productive, and more peaceful lives and communities. The next generation can make a better world possible and we aim to be the catalyst for that achievement.

If you want to work with us, we want to work with you to make your youth and your community a part of this exciting venture. So contact us any time.

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