Leadership Inspirations Activities

Community Benefit Project

Take steps as a group towards bettering the communities that you serve

Duration

45+ minutes

Team Stage

Norming, Performing

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity

Materials

Poster paper, markers

SUMMARY

Take some time to reflect on the different communities that you serve and how to serve them better with an event or project.

SET UP

  • This activity may take multiple meetings or classes to complete in it’s entirety. It is meant to help groups apply some of the leadership lessons that they have learned to a real event or project.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Ask each member of the group to define what the word community means. Once everyone has taken some time, ask a few to share out.
  • Once everyone is on the same page about what community means, ask group members to think about all of the different communities that their organization serves.
  • Choose one community that the group members believe they want to serve better in the upcoming weeks, months, etc.
  • Brainstorm different ways to fulfill the needs of this community.
  • Note: If group members are having a hard time thinking of projects to fulfill the needs of the chosen community, it will be beneficial to take a step back and actually brainstorm what the needs of the community are.
  • Once the group has decided on a project, create an action plan to make sure that the project is on track for success.
    • Key elements of an action plan include:
      • Description of the Event
      • Goals
      • Date
      • Time
      • Location
      • Task/Action Item List w/ Deadlines
      • Publicity
  • Then, implement your project! Remember to conduct an evaluation afterwards to celebrate your successes and determine what could be improved for next time.

VARIATIONS

  • The community benefit project can be done on an internal or external level. Pushing the critical conversations about what communities the organization serves is critical.
  • This can be used to help change or restructure how any event is held. Define the needs that are being met and are not being met by the event, and then change something to fulfill more needs.

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Alignment

  • Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
  • How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
  • Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?

Project Planning

  • What has worked in other projects you have done? How have you dealt with setbacks?
  • How do you connect with the process of planning? Do you like it/not like it? How does this impact you/your group?
  • How do we manage our time? How does that affect our ability to complete our projects?

Teambuilding

  • When has your group worked well together in the past? When have they not worked well together?
  • When has (something that happened in the activity) happened in the past with your group?
  • What habits or actions make a successful or effective team? What are your group’s opportunities for growth when working together?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?