Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve
I want to help others to help others. I would like to create a ripple effect where the work I do with the leaders of these organizations is translated to the work they do with their communities and causes. I want to empower small and medium sized organizations and individuals so they can achieve their goals and make a positive impact on the world.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
This program is in the idea stage. But I have extensive experience as a workshop facilitator. I have worked with undergraduate students and professionals in Mexico, Argentina, Ghana and Canada, aboriginal communities in Canada and locally with the Green Streets Games project in Vancouver.
What is your projected impact over the next five years?
I would like to create a strong network with local charities and non-profits. While it would be great to take this across Canada I am more interested in building a strong foundation in BC first. It's important to measure the results of the workshops and build strong case studies, so the workshops become stronger each time and their impact is visible to the communities involved.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
The two main barriers are cost and continuity.
Cost implies the expenses involved in the planning, promoting and execution of the workshops. I will address this by initially covering the costs myself, and look for external sources of support, such as grants and sponsorships. Volunteers and partnerships are also key elements of this section.
Continuity refers to what happens after the workshops are finished. It's very important to ensure that participants are able to apply the skills they have learned in their own organizations. This will be addressed by establishing a follow-up plan and a resource kit accessible to participants, as well as a social media strategy that allows communication between stakeholders and display of success case studies.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Launch project. Create a network of participants/collaborators. Teach workshops. Follow-up.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Create website and establish key partnerships.