This program is designed to develop a sense of belief in the kids that the sum is greater than its parts and together, they can have a tremendous impact. In other words, they as a team, working as one unit, can create and accomplish things which as individuals wouldn’t seem possible. The project challenges their collaboration and organizational skills. It teaches them to bring out a single vision or point of emphasis in their work.
One of the key principles of Hope Torch is to realize the impact that you can have upon your family and your community. Self-worth exists for this purpose. The projects the kids design should have a clear theme which impacts a specific audience. Only when theme and audience match is the Hidden Treasures project a success.
What is a Hidden Treasure?
- A Hidden Treasure project needs a theme.A theme is a one sentence statement of what the group wants to convey. It cannot be a topic. It must be a sentence.For example, “the solar system” is not a theme. Valid Themes could be “the solar system is beautiful” or “the solar system revolves around the sun”.
- A Hidden Treasure project needs an audience. An audience is the group of people who you are trying to impact by the theme. It cannot be simply the readers. It must be the group who need to hear this paper. For example, “your classmates” can only be the audience if your theme is meant to make a difference in their lives. The audience shapes the project because it means your project has to find a way to reach your audience in an impactful way. If the audience is “All of India”, then hanging a sign on the school wall is not enough.
- A Hidden Treasure project needs a motif. A motif is a single material item that makes the project unique. Intended to encourage the students to think creatively, not simply in paper and pencils. It must be a creatively unique item which is part of the materials central to the project.
- A Hidden Treasure project needs a project type. A project type is the overall format for what is being created. A Project Type can be a scrapbook, collage, cloth-based item, a model, a play, artwork, greeting card, a calendar, bookmarks, etc… or anything else that inspires the students. A Project Type must be complex enough to have multiple components.
- A Hidden Treasures project has sub-teams. A team must be divided into 2 or more sub-teams. Each sub-team is assigned their own portion of the project. All sub-teams must integrate their work in each page or component. For example, if the project is a calendar It should NOT be one sub-team takes six months, the other takes the next six. Instead, possible that one sub-team work on the date grid (holidays, numbers, grid, etc…) and the other sub-team work on the artwork for every month. In this way, both sub-teams must come together and integrate their work.
This program spans 3 terms or one academic year. The first 9-week term is focused on the proposal for the project. The second 9-week term should result in the delivery and execution of the Hidden Treasures project. The final term is focused on evaluating the results of the project.
Students can participate if they choose. If students wish to join the program in the middle of the term, they may participate on the side, but they cannot join a team until the next term.
First Quarter – July-September
In this quarter, the kids will put together a project proposal which addresses all the aspects of the project. The intention is to submit the project for funding by the end of the quarter. The Program Admin acts as a consultant and facilitator, encouraging the kids while still critiquing the quality of the proposal.
The students will deliver the proposal by the end of the quarter.
- The students should address the following areas in their proposal
- Need, Problem Statement, and Audience
- Solution – Their project which includes how it will be executed to reach the audience.
- Feasibility – A study on whether they can actually do it.
- Budget and Schedule
- Resources (Material and Human)
- Expected Results and Data Collection
- The students should NOT be shown a regular proposal for an NGO. We do not want the kids to limit themselves to a Word Document.
- Kids should creatively prepare each section of the proposal.
- Kids should be sure they have thoroughly addressed the questions that could arise.
- This proposal needs to be presented to the HT Mgmt
- The material should be collected and delivered.
- The kids need to present their proposal through a video recorded by the Program Admin
- Week 1-2 – Form the teams and ask them to choose a theme and audience.
- Leaders should be appointed
- Week 2-4 – Design the solution to the problem, State the motif / project type. Split into 2+ sub-teams, each with a role in the project.
- Sub-Teams should be formed, but each sub-team should have a hand in every section of the proposal.
- Week 3-5 – Prepare Budget and Schedule
- Challenge anything which seems excessive (or not enough).
- Ask the children to explain how the project will represent the theme. Challenge them.
- Weeks 4-7 – Call the leaders and ask for status in all sub-teams
- The leader should know all the status even if they are not in one of the sub-teams
- Coach the leaders in leadership and motivation skills.
- Week 5-7 – A surprise presentation is forced upon the leaders. They must give a video status update to the HT management..
- The Program Admin must observe which kids come to the aid of the leaders, and which kids shy away from supporting.
- Later, the Program Admin should have a discussion with the team to see how they Advocated and Aided each other.
- Week 7-8 – Finalize and deliver the Hidden Treasures project.
- Complete all materials due to sub-teams
- Record the video presentation
Evaluation of the Hidden Treasures Proposal
- Need, Problem Statement, Audience
- Are these three clearly defined?
- Do the kids understand the importance of the need they are addressing?
- Do the kids know the scope of their audience?
- Solution – Feasibility, Budget, Schedule, Resources
- Did the solution address each aspect of the problem statement?
- Did the solution consider the audience and how they can maximize the impact to their audience?
- Is their solution feasible?
- Is the budget and schedule reasonable?
- Do the kids understand the material they will need?
- Have the kids identified any resource people that should be arranged?
- Do the kids include data collection as a part of their project?
- Expected Results and Data Collection
- Do the kids have clear objectives for their project?
- Do the kids know what data they will need to prove their project was a success?
- Do the kids know how to collect the data they need?
- Did the kids present their proposal in a unique and captivating way?
- Do all the kids participate in the presentation and proposal?
The Program Admin is to push the kids towards a unified team portraying the ELE principles of Advocacy, Recognition, and Aid.
- Conflict Resolution
- Encourage leaders to facilitate healthy discussion.
- Use voting to make decisions.
- Use surveys to gather opinions.
- Equally Relevant and Respected Participation
- Ensure sub-teams are given equal importance
- Recognize the impact of each sub-team
- Assigned Supporters
- Each kid is assigned to one other kid for support.
- They watch the other kid.
- Their role is to give positive feedback messages of recognition and support for their contribution.
- They do not criticize the kid they are assigned to.
- They learn to act as motivators and encouragers.
- If there is any need, they come to rescue (not replace) their assigned kid.
- They find ways to help in the little things.
- Surprise Presentation – See the description in Week 5-7 above.