Change the World Project
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed
citizens can change the world. Indeed,
it’s the only thing that ever has.”
In an effort to help you find and nurture
the “thoughtful, committed citizen” inside of you, you will be participating in
a yearlong Change the World project.
This project should be based upon a topic or issue about which you are
passionate. Is there an injustice in the world that you think needs to be
fixed? Is it pollution, deforestation, animal abuse, homelessness, world
hunger? What is it that really makes you
mad? Why wait for someone else to fix it?
Your project must
run for the entire year (September – June).
This must be
non-profit. (You may not get paid for your work.)
You must work a
minimum of two hours per month.
There must be an
aspect to your project where you educate others about your issue. (Posters,
presentations, radio, television!)
You may work by
yourself or in a small group – no more than 4.
Each group member
must keep a journal with monthly entries. See below.
must answer the following three questions every month:
1. What is your project? What did you do this
month? Be specific! With whom did
you work? Where did you go? How long did you work on your project?
many students spend too much time on this part of the journal entry. Though I
am excited to read about what you did, this does not require a lot of thinking
and reflection. The next two questions are far more important.
2. Why did you do this? Why is this
project/activity important? Yes, you
must answer this question each month.
What did you
learn from your project? (About your issue, the world, yourself?)
Note: You must answer each of the three sub-questions. “Yourself” is the most
difficult because it requires a lot of reflection, but this is where you grow
as a person and I am most excited to read what you say in response to this
Journal entries should be at
least 1-2 typed pages long. Use the format shown below. Journals are due at the
beginning of each month.
Date of service: