2017-2018
  
Student Service Above Self Program
 
HIGH SCHOOL DETAILS
2017-2018
  
 
Attention: See the instructions for Required Applications 1 & 2 highlighted below in yellow.
 If you have questions about submitting these Applications, contact: Rick Studer, Program Coordinator: rickstuder@columbusrotary.org 614-915-8149
 
HIGH SCHOOL TIMELINE (Some dates may change. All will be final by 10/1/17)
 
 
September, 2017: Principals and Career & Community Resource Coordinators kick-off the Student Service Above Self Program with their students and staff. The Program Coordinator shares information to help the kick-off such as: the link to this website; community organizations willing to work with students; and other potential resources for assisting student teams.
 
September 20, 2017. 1st annual High School Community Service Planning Meeting. 8:30-10:00a.m. Linmoor Education Center. A group of students and faculty from each high school will participate in this structured project planning exercise led by an experienced strategic planner with a background in public education. 
 
 
October/November, 2017: Create and launch student community service projects. Some continue from the previous year. Most are new.
 
October 2017 – May, 2018: Implementation of Community Service Projects.
  • Ongoing coordination among students, teachers/project advisors, principals, Program Coordinator, and community resources as students work to achieve their projects’ goals.
  • Capture key project events in photos and videos (if possible).
  • Students wrap up their projects, finalize project display boards, and prepare for presenting projects during the Review/Reinforcement/Selection process. (FYI - Spring Break is March 30-April 8)
  • Students and advisors review requirements for Applications 1 & 2 and prepare to meet the submission deadlines.
 
December 13, 2017: Final day (3p.m.) for online submission of Required High School Project Application Part 1 – The Project Preview.
 
April 23, 2018: Final day for online submission of Required High School Student Project Application Part 2 – The Executive Summary.
 
May 2 - May 10, 2018: Review/Reinforcement/Selection process. 
 
May 14, 2018: High School Service Above Self Fair at the Valley Dale Ballroom.
See the High School Fair page for details.
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS INFORMATION
Through participation in community service projects, hundreds of Columbus high school students experience the value of service for others and themselves. In addition, diving into service/project-based activities stimulates interest in their academic work. The goal is for students to apply the value of service and leadership skills throughout their lives. 
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS
  • May be conducted by student teams or an individual student.
  • Must be conducted with the official oversight of one or more of the following: Career & Community Resource Coordinator, school administrator, teacher, school counselor, school club advisor.
 
 
ELEMENTS OF A SOLID, HIGH QUALITY COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
 
Overall – the project is student created and led as much as possible. Student ownership.
 
Elements
___ Student Involvement. High quality involvement by as many students as possible given the nature of the project. Issue selection, planning, implementing, measuring impact.
___ Problem/Issue Relevance. Of all the things going on, the problem students are working on is serious and important to the people or group(s) served by the project.
___ Student Knowledge/Understanding. Students demonstrate knowledge of the issue their project is addressing and an understanding of how the issue affects the people they are serving.
___ Partnership/Collaboration. Students explore the possibility of working on their project issue with one or more community organizations to maximize the impact of their service and increase their knowledge and skills through this relationship.
___ Service Learning. If possible, the project connects with one or more teachers and academic subject area so that the students’ service work is informed by the subject area and adds to student classroom engagement and learning.
___ Contact With Service Recipients. If possible, during the course of their service activities the students have direct contact with the people being served by their project.
___ Impact/Results. Immediate, strong impact of the project on the target audience(s). Project has the potential for impact that lasts over time.
___ Impact/Results. Strong, positive personal impact on the participating students and, possibly, their schools.
___ Student Knowledge and Skill Building. Participating students grow their knowledge and skills in a variety of areas that are important for them in post-high school education, and/or careers, and life overall. Critical thinking. Creativity. Communication. Collaboration. Leadership. Teamwork. And many more.
___ Project Presentations. High quality student project presentations in a variety of settings – including project display materials. Presentations demonstrate that the students are informed, engaging, focused, prepared.
___ Project Applications 1&2. These required applications are ideally submitted by students. Answers are clearly responsive to the questions and show strong attention to the elements of a solid, high quality community service project.
 
 
 
CLICK HERE to see the 2017 High School Fair Program with descriptions of the 2016-2017 community service projects.
 
 
 
REQUIRED STUDENT PROJECT APPLICATION PART 1 – THE PROJECT PREVIEW
Online Submission Due by 3 PM, December 13, 2017
 
If you've read the instructions and are ready to submit, or to preview Application Part 1, click herehttp://fs30.formsite.com/ColumbusRotary/form1/index.html  (Available November 2017)
 
NOTE: immediately upon submitting Application Part 1, the submitter and the Program Coordinator will receive emails with a copy of the completed Application. Please keep this for future reference.
 
Instructions
We encourage one or several students to complete this application with a review by the project advisor before submission. Use this submission as one of many ways to practice business-like thinking and writing skills.
 
  • Answer the questions with sufficient information for the Coordinator and Rotary Reviewers to understand your project at this stage of its operations. This information may result in the Coordinator or others suggesting resources that could be useful to help meet project goals.
  • In preparing Application Part 1, check out the information about Application Part 2 so you can see what you will need to complete by April 23, 2018.
  • You will distribute copies of your Project Application Part 1 to the Rotary Review team members who visit your school.
  • You may include support materials for Application Part 1. Examples include: photos and videos of the project in action, descriptions of the group(s) served, testimonial letters. Submit these materials to the Program Coordinator by email or in a folder sufficient for keeping them safe and so that materials can be returned to you.
 
Application Part 1- Project Preview
  1. School name.
  2. Project name.
  3. Name, title, phone and e-mail of the project advisor.
  4. Type of project. Select one or more of these descriptions:
    1. (A) Conducted by an individual student. If so, provide name and grade level.
    2. (B) Group of students. If so, list names and grade levels of students in team leadership positions and each student’s main responsibilities.
    3. (C) Related to a specific high school course or curriculum area. If so, provide the name, phone and e-mail for the teacher(s) whose course(s) is connected to the project.
    4. (D) Associated with a school organization. If so, provide the name of the organization and the faculty advisor.
    5. (E) Conducted in partnership with one or more non-school organization. If so, provide the name of the organization and the contact information for the person at the organization working most closely with the students.
  5. What one or more issue/problem/need are you addressing with this project? Brief statement about “why.”
  6. Top 3 project goals.
  7. Main activities you are doing to achieve each goal.
  8. How you will know if you achieved each goal. (Another way to say this is: how will you measure your impact?)
  9. Biggest 1-3 challenges you anticipate you will have to overcome to succeed.
 
REQUIRED STUDENT PROJECT APPLICATION PART 2 – THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Online Submission Due by 3PM, April 23, 2018
 
If you've read the application instructions and are ready to submit,
 or if you want to preview Application Part 2, click here: Available November, 2017
 
NOTE: immediately upon submitting Application Part 2, the submitter and the Program Coordinator will receive emails with a copy of the completed Application. Please keep this for future reference.
 
Instructions
The Executive Summary is a professional way to provide essential information to everyone interested in your project. We encourage one or several students to complete this application with a review by the project advisor before submission. This is one of many ways students can practice business-like thinking and writing skills.
 
By the time you get to this point you have done lots of work to meet your goals, served a worthy cause or causes, learned valuable lessons, and created memories that will last a lifetime. You should be proud of your efforts.
 
  • You will distribute copies of your Executive Summary to the Rotary Review team members who visit your school.
  • Because this is a summary, you will have a limited number of words to use in describing your project. It is a valuable skill to concisely communicate important information. Practice that skill here.
  • You may include materials to support your Application Part 2. Examples include: photos and videos of the project in action, descriptions of the group(s) served, testimonial letters. (Submit these materials to the Program Coordinator. Provide the materials via email or in a folder sufficient for keeping them safe and so that materials can be returned to you.)
 
Application Part 2 - Project Executive Summary
 
Project Review
  1. School name.
  2. Project name.
  3. Project advisor’s name, position, email address.
  4. Approximately how many students participated in this project?
  5. Approximately how many hours were devoted to this project?
 
Project Reflection & Evaluation
  1. What was the impact of your project? How do you know you achieved this?
  2. What were the biggest challenges you faced? How did you deal with them?
  3. What went well in your project?
  4. What would you have done differently, if anything?
  5. What did you learn from doing this project?
  6. What made your project personally meaningful to your team members? 
  7. Would you recommend your project to other students?  Why or why not?
  8. Final, summary comments. (Not required.)