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Take Action

Defining Community Service Projects
Community service projects often address an immediate need in the community: girls organize a book or clothing drive, paint walls to cover up graffiti, or hold a one-time march or fair to highlight a community problem. Although these projects address a need in the community, they do so for only a short period of time.

Defining Take Action Projects
A Take Action project picks up from where a short-term project leaves off. For example, the girls organizing the book or clothing drive could make their project a Take Action project by getting a sponsor to advertise and organize the drive every year. The girls who painted the walls to cover up graffiti can create a club that travels around the city painting beautiful murals on buildings that were defaced. 

When girls pursue Take Action projects, they take time to identify and understand the root cause of the issue they are addressing. Girls must also ensure that each project is sustainable and that the impact is measurable.

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Measurable: The success of the project can be determine based on the number of people the project helped, the number of people who were involved, any reduction in the community’s need, and other concrete numbers.

 

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Sustainable: Girls must make arrangements (such as collaborating with community leaders and/or organizations; building alliances with mentors) to ensure that the project creates lasting change and is not a one-time event.

 

Take Action encourages girls to think bigger and to address problems in such a way that they do not reoccur. And, perhaps most important, a girl’s Take Action project changes the world in a meaningful way.

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Girls are resourceful problem solvers. Undoubtedly, there will be roadblocks along the way, which means that girls will need to come up with creative ways to solve the problems that arise.

 

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Girls advocate for themselves and others, locally and globally. As they learn about the issues in their communities and work to solve them, girls stand up for issues they believe in, strategize, and identify ways to continue their project goals into the future.

 

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Girls educate and inspire others to act. By spreading the word about their experiences, girls educate others about issues that are important to the community and inspire others to act. This approach cannot help but have a positive effect on their communities.

 

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Girls feel empowered to make a difference in the world. Girls develop leadership skills and use the knowledge they gain through their experiences to improve their community…and the world!

Seven steps to a successful Take Action Project

  1. Map It: Investigate community needs and problem causes
  2. Plan it: Prepare a Take Action plan
  3. Do it: Act “with” the community
  4. Think About I: Reflect on the project’s impact
  5. Advocate it: Demonstrate the importance of the issue to others
  6. Be Proud of It: Celebrate the accomplishments
  7. Keep It Going: Think about how the project could be sustained