Adults: How to Help Youth Projects Succeed

Adults: How to Help Youth Projects Succeed When it comes to designing and completing youth projects, adults may have their own ideas about how a project should be run or what the best project idea is for a young person to pursue. Although adults may have good intentions, adult-led projects miss the point of youth projects through The Peterson League. At The Peterson League, we believe it’s extremely important youth play the starring role in a project. This helps them gain independence and develop problem-solving skills. By leading the project, youth become self-directed agents of...

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How to Create a Youth Project Budget

How to Create a Youth Project Budget Creating a project budget may seem like a difficult task. When looking at The Peterson League grant guidelines, you may be thinking “Proposed budget? How do I do that?” Maybe you’re not sure exactly how much materials cost, or maybe you’re worried the budget will change as you work through the project. When thinking about creating a budget, there may be a lot of worries going through a grant applicant’s head. That’s understandable, as the feat can sound overwhelming. Creating a budget shouldn’t keep a young person...

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How to Start a Youth Project with a Group

How to Start a Youth Project with a Group At The Peterson League, we support a variety of ways for youth to become involved and make a difference in their community and the world beyond. That’s why we allow groups of less than 15 youth to submit project grants. We acknowledge that not every young person wants to start their own project. Youth who don’t want to be in the driver’s seat can still participate by being part of a club. Or, the child who wants to drive an important project and enjoys managing others can organize a club project. Some youth may feel more comfortable working alongside...

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Creative Ideas for Recruiting Volunteers

Creative Ideas for Recruiting Volunteers Sometimes finding volunteers can be hard. People are generally busy and might be unwilling to fit your project into their schedules. Recruiting volunteers can take some creativity. It’s all about convincing people this is a project they should make time for. Once you plan days for volunteers to gather and help with your project, you need to get rolling with recruiting. Start recruiting volunteers early. This gives people time to plan their schedule and increases the chances people will save the date. Here are some creative ideas to try when...

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Building a Youth Project Action Plan

Building a Youth Project Action Plan Now that you’ve picked an idea for a project you want to tackle, the next step is to create an action plan. First, what’s an action plan? An action plan is exactly what it sounds like: a plan for action. An action plan involves taking the end goal (what you’d like to complete by the end of the project) and breaking it into pieces that detail how you will accomplish this goal. This makes the larger goal easier to tackle. Developing an action plan is important for a successful project. It’s the base for your entire project. If you...

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