Phase 3: Define Your Project.

Use your area of interest to brainstorm a specific project and create a plan for implementing it. Fill out the following questionnaire to narrow down the scope of your project.

Which area of poverty is most interesting to you?


1. List 3 possible issues within this area of poverty that you would like to explore further.

HIV · Breast Cancer · Malaria

Cindy was particularly struck by the facts she read on this website about HIV, breast cancer and malaria. After talking with her mother and female teachers, she discovered that breast cancer is a health issue that her community is particularly concerned with.

2. Choose 1 issue that you would most like to develop a project to address. Think about things such as relevance to your community, feasibility, and your personal interest.

Breast Cancer

Cindy knew that all three of the issues were important, but she felt the most knowledgeable about Breast Cancer because she knew of teachers and mothers undergoing treatment. As it turned out, her local hospital had a well-known cancer center.

3. What is a goal that you can set to address this area of interest? In other words, what would you like to accomplish in a broad sense?

Help Cancer Center provide treatment.

Cindy decided her goal would be to help the local cancer center provide breast cancer treatment.

4. What is the contribution you would like to make to achieve this goal (money, awareness, specific items/donations, etc)?

Fresh flowers for every hospital room.

After talking with a volunteer coordinator at the hospital, Cindy learned that the center was very well funded. However, they are always looking for ways to improve the patient experience. Cindy decided that it would be nice to provide fresh flowers every week for the hospital rooms.

5. What should the project's scale be? Think about who you want to reach, and how much time and resources you will need to to reach this group, keeping in mind that these should be feasible.

25 flower deliveries

Cindy learned that the cancer center had 25 beds. This helped her realize how many donations she would need to collect.

6. What exactly will you do to achieve this outcome?

Donated flower bouquets to hospital rooms.

Cindy decided to engage with local and large-scale flowershops and convince them to donate a few bouquets of flowers each week so that all 25 rooms would be stocked with fresh flowers.

7. Is this plan ethically responsible? Does it suit your community?

Hospital approval

Before going ahead with the plan, Cindy spoke with the hospital volunteer coordinator and a doctor at the hospital to get their approval. She wanted to make sure that nothing she contributed got in the way of patient care. Everyone she asked was excited!

8. When, where, and how will this project take place/happen?

Tuesday weekly flower deliveries

Cindy planned to call every flower shop within the area served by the hospital and request a small weekly contribution. She found that most stores dump some inventory early every week and were willing to drop off bouquets on Tuesday afternoons.

9. How will you measure the success of this project?

Track donations and hospital follow up

Cindy kept track of how many bouquets each establishment donated every week. She followed up with hospital employees every month to see if the flowers were being noticed and if they were helping in any way.

Hit submit to generate a printout of your answers, and continue on to phase 4, where you will find essential resources such as how to manage a team and pitch your project to potential funders to help get your project started.