When The Possibility Project began to expand its effort to include other cities, our youth began to also expand their ambitions for change. We consistently heard from them through program evaluations and other forums that they wanted to make a bigger impact on the world around them.
Our response was the development of our Community Action Projects, one of two challenges taken on by our youth each year (the other being the creation of an original musical).
Youth participants decide on issues of concern for them. They then form themselves into several teams, each focused on a specific issue. They design a “challenge” focused on raising awareness or practicing advocacy on their issue. Teams then have 3 to 4 weeks to research, design, and implement their project. The only constraints are that the project must be interactive, and must be doable in one day.
After they complete their projects, each team presents its experience and results to the rest of their cast, gaining pride in their accomplishment and feedback from peers.
To see examples of Community Action Projects, click here.