Creating Social Action Projects to benefit others in the community or around the world enables young people to foster connections and collaborations, find meaningful purpose and effect positive social change.  Through our simple framework – student generated, mentor guided – team members are given a voice and a platform for creating the world they want to see. Creating Social Action Projects to benefit others in the community or around the world enables young people to foster connections and collaborations, find meaningful purpose and effect positive social change.  Through our simple framework – student generated, mentor guided – team members are given a voice and a platform for creating the world they want to see.

Mentors should be affiliated with Partner Organizations (schools, community organizations, civil society organizations, nonprofit organizations) that are devoted to youth development, leadership and empowerment.  Together the Mentor and the Partner Organization provides support to help a team find common ground on deciding what problem or challenge they would like to tackle and the benefit they hope to deliver to their community or in another community.  This is the discovery process for your team.

Below are a few questions to brainstorm as a team, guided by your Mentor.  This exercise helps your Team come together by understanding what is most important to them.  

  • What are things we value in our lives?  Do others share these same values?
  • What issues are important to us and would motivate us to take action?
  • What can we offer so that others might benefit from our actions?
  • What possible community needs or problems, challenges, or issues can our Team identify that we care about?
  • Can our Mentor help us make contacts and identify experts as well as other community organizations that can help us discover more about what we care about or want to change?

Following this discovery process, guided by your Mentor, your Team members will identify possible community needs, problems, or challenges in the world that they wish to change.  Throughout the process, your Mentor will help you identify social issues or environmental challenges that are most relevant, meaningful, and actionable to your Team.

This brainstorming activity is meant to provide a path for the Team members to discover and decide collaboratively which issues they want to consider, without necessarily determining a solution.

No matter what topic is ultimately chosen, the Team’s dedication and commitment will be shaped by what they believe is the most important to them and to the other Team members.