1. Aim: Your project should address some aspect or challenge you in some aspect of your leadership or your personal development. Your project should challenge you as a leader or allow you to develop your personal leadership style and capabilities – as long as it is something that is connected to leadership and is meaningful and challenging for you it is all systems go.
2. What can I do?
What you or your team does is completely up to you. Your project could focus on your own personal development, or relate to your personal life, family, school or local community. It may even be the start of a global initiative. Dream and act local or global!
The most important points to consider are:
-it is your project and you or your team work on it; you can and are encouraged to should seek advice and guidance from others at times but you should be leading the project (making the decisions and taking the action you decide to take);
-the project should be something that is meaningful and challenging for you;
-you or your team’s health and safety should be your number one consideration at all times;
-your projects do not require any new resources or funding.
3. Health and Safety
You or your team should ensure that in any project consider and protects the health and safety of all members of your team and the community. It is important part of the project to ensure you speak to your parents/guardians weekly about your project and what you are doing - and follow their advice about any safety or health issues. You should also update the coordinators about your project through the blog or directly at least every two weeks - and also follow their advice about any health or safety issues.
4. Team or Individual
Why not build a team? If you enjoy working as a member of a team or with a partner then start putting together a line up of inspiring friends. There will be acknowledgement of ‘team projects’ as well as ‘individual projects’.
5. Journal or Record of Project
You need to keep some type of journal or record of your experience - video, writing, photos, voice notes or any other creative approach you can think of are all ok!
6. Parent/Guardian and Coordinator Communication
It is important part of the project to ensure you speak to your parents/guardians weekly about your project and what you are doing - and follow their advice about any safety or health issues. You should also update the coordinators about your project through the blog or directly at least every two weeks - and also follow their advice about any health or safety issues.
Throughout the Challenge there will be plenty of opportunities to access and reach out for support. The WELS team will be there to support you through our website, blog and regular webinars. You can also reach out to the WELS community and other challenge members by making comments on this page. You can ask questions and see what fellow challenge participants can come up with. Through the challenge we aim to create a community that supports one another as we reach for the stars. Help is you there – don’t be afraid to ask!
Adult & Peer Mentor
We also recommend you consider trying to organise an adult mentor or guide to help you throughout the course of the Challenge. This person will be an advisor to you and a sounding board for your ideas. They might be able to help you with your planning, time management and help you access the resources you require to bring your challenge plan to fruition. They are there to support you as a backup but you should be leading your challenge. This could be a parent or family member or a family friend. Talk to your parents/guardians about if you would like to do this and who might be a good mentor.
We also encourage each person or team to have a peer mentor who is not working on your project. They are their to encourage, support you and provide feedback.
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