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 peers. Also, the group setting has many advantages.

By working in a group, youth can combine talents and transform helping into a fun, social activity. It’s also possible to accomplish more by working together. In a group, the power of youth to create change is maximized.

Gather Friends

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The first step to starting a group project is to find a group. This group can be close friends or kids from your class. It can be a sports team, art club, or school environmental club. Whatever it is, the group should have less than 15 members.

This size helps ensure each young person has a meaningful experience and plays a role in the project.

The project group can be an existing club in Colorado Springs where all members are under 21 years old. It could also involve creating a club that doesn’t exist yet.

 

Choose a Leader/Organizer

Your club needs someone to organize the group. If this is an existing club, the project leader can be the president of the group.

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Now, you may be asking, “Why does my club need a leader?” Without an organizer, the project is less likely to be successful. This is because one person must be responsible for making sure every piece of the project is planned and that someone is doing it.

If this doesn’t happen, the project can quickly fall apart because no one is aware of the big picture.

To pull off a successful project, a leader may have to organize volunteers, gather supplies, and delegate tasks. A leader also needs to organize the process of submitting the project grant. They don’t need to do everything or make all the decisions, they just need to represent the group.

If someone in the group wants to lead, this can make this step easier. What if no one steps up or more than one person does?

If no one expresses interest in leading, it might be best for the group to vote on who they think would do well in this role. If more than one possible leader emerges, youth in the group can vote on which person they think will do a better job.

Or maybe two people act as co-organizers for the group. This will not only lessen the responsibility for each leader, it can make youth more comfortable.

Pick a Project Idea

Once you’ve put together a group and nominated a leader, the next step is to come up with an idea for a project.

Coming up with a project idea in a group follows the same course as individual projects (see Part 1: How to Brainstorm Youth Project Ideas and Part 2: Picking the Perfect Youth Project Idea).

The only difference is, it’s incredibly important to make sure every member of the group contributes ideas. If only one person has ideas, you might not get important input from everyone else. Ideally, everyone in the group should be excited and inspired by the potential project.

If not, you run the risk of starting a project all members of the group don’t stand behind.

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Submit a Grant to TPL

The last step is to submit your grant to The Peterson League. Go to our grants page to figure out what age group your club fits into and check out our frequently asked questions!

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