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.
 
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 are conducted:
  • By an individual student or a group of students.
  • As an “independent” project or in conjunction with a classroom activity.
  • Always under the overall guidance by a teacher, club advisor, other faculty member or a Career & Community Resource Coordinator (CCRC).
  • By the students alone or in cooperation with one or more community organizations.
  • With a focus on issues that impact their fellow students, schools, communities and even people in other countries.
  • In ways that bring the students in direct contact with people served by their project when possible. 
 
Review/Reinforcement/Selection Process
In May 2018, teams of Rotarians will visit every high school to hear presentations by each student project team. The goal is that all projects presented to the Rotarian teams are selected to participate in the annual High School Fair. After reviewing and reinforcing each project with the students, the Rotarian teams meet to select one project at each school for additional recognition.
 
Desired qualities of community service projects include:
  • Student involvement: significant time and quality of student participation in project topic selection, planning, implementing, measuring impact, etc.
  • Significant issues: sufficiently serious service needs to justify time and effort given by everyone involved.
  • Relevant activities: the students’ work has clear relevance to the people served.
  • Partnership exploration: the project team investigates community organizations that may be helpful in meeting the project’s goals.
  • Partnership effectiveness: student teams and their community partners, if any, determine how well the partnership worked in meeting the service project goals.
  • Impact 1: immediate and potentially ongoing positive impact of the project on the people served.
  • Impact 2: positive personal impact on the students plus improved student knowledge and skills resulting from project participation.
  • Presentation quality: written and verbal presentations that are well prepared, informative, engaging, creative, and focused about the project’s scope, goals, student activities, impact, etc.
  • Solid project applications 1&2: responsive, thorough, and informative with student involvement in completing the applications.
 
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.)