“Minga” encourages youth to stop everything to assist others, for no personal gain except for the satisfaction of knowing they’re making a difference.
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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)
How long has your solution been in operation?
Operating for 1‐5 years
The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?
Minga addresses the issue of youth and civic participation by empowering youth to be champions of civic engagement. The calling of the word “Minga” prompts people stop everything to assist those in need, for no personal gain except for the satisfaction of knowing they’re making a difference. Children and youth need exposure to real-world issues, and they need to be engaged in actively working to solve these issues - not as bystanders but as informed, knowledgable, and citizens.
The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!
The solution is simple: aim high, give back, and make a difference. As a service-learning initiative, the Minga project encourages students to identify community issues that they can help to solve, empowers them to implement meaningful interventions, and fosters meaningful relationships with community stakeholders. The result of this process is the creation of a culture of informed, empathetic civic leaders.
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities
Students begin by meeting in interest groups and discussing issues that concern them. They then seek out organizations where they can use their helping skills to address these issues make a difference. Students work closely with this organization throughout the year, volunteering their time and service, and periodically meet to discuss their progress and the value of the impacts they are making. One central component of this process is the reflective service -learning approach which encourages students to think critically about their role in addressing community issues. The student-centered approach engages students by empowering them to identify and take action to address issues that concern them. The reflective component of the service-learning process and activates empathy by encouraging students to think about their roles in in the local and international social fabric, and by nurturing and validating their knowledge, skills, and willingness to contribute and build relationships.
The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?
Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]
“Minga” encourages youth to assist others, for no personal gain except for the satisfaction of knowing they’re making a difference.
Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]
Minga shifts the focus from youth as bystanders to active citizens who identify problems, implement solutions, and create change.
This Entry is about (Issues)
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
Tell us about your partnerships
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list