Problem

With the focus on individual performance and evaluation, the development of children within team and community is insufficient.  While children are taught team skills, they do not see the value in teams beyond just a shared workload.  Children must not only learn the necessary skills of teamwork, but the added value that occurs through teamwork.  Hidden Treasures instills the benefits of teamwork made possible in functional teams.

Vision

To instill an understanding with kids that the sum is greater than its parts; that teamwork isn’t simply adding together independent work, but combining independent skills and experiences to create one functional unit which is capable of much greater things than can be imagined.

1      Program Objectives

  1. Creativity – Creativity exists where the possible and the “not possible” co-exist. This is different than impossible.  Creativity takes place when practical, reality-based thinking is unbridled by perceived limitations.
  2. Group Dynamics – A group must not only collaborate but the value of the group as a sum of skills and experiences, not results, is experienced.
  3. Leadership – Group Leaders must empower team member skills and experiences to drive a solution and implementation.
  4. Cooperation – Cooperation is not each person completing their tasks, but each person taking a vested interest in the interdependence between tasks for the benefit of all.
  5. Patience – This soft skill becomes evident when individuals are valued merely for their output and not for the creative value they bring to the team through their unique combination of skills and experience. Patience is made possible when individuals believe in the value of the individual team member, not merely in the value of their result.
  6. Setting Targets/Goals – Targets and goals are drivers towards excellence. Excellence is in fact an unknown and cannot be attained, but in striving for excellence in a systematic way, new unimaginable heights are attained.
  7. Responsibility – Responsibility in a team is found in the ownership of the overall solution and the desire to maximize that solution to the total contribution of the team.
  8. Organization and Setting Tasks – Leadership that sets targets and goals must ensure the team is capable or empowered to identify the steps necessary to reach those targets and goals.

2      Self-Worth Objectives

  1. Applying Oneself – Individuals must see themselves as a contribution of skills and experience, not merely a result-delivering machine. Applying oneself in Hidden Treasures requires total application.
  2. Exploration – Creativity is an exploration of what is deemed “not possible”, this is how the limits of new frontiers are challenged.
  3. Self-Determination – The theme is chosen by the team as a message worth delivering. This message gives the Hidden Treasure purpose and must remain at the heart of the team unity.
  4. Belief in Team / Community – The theme must be a message that is relevant to both team as well as the community and context. If either is lacking, the belief in the purpose of the project will wane.
  5. A Sense of Contribution – Understanding that it was one’s whole self, which includes skills, experiences, interests, and personality were beneficial to the delivery of the project.

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