Introduction The project proposed is a student organization by the name Pay It Forward - dedicated to doing good deeds and spreading happiness and kindness, beginning with the UNH campus and extending beyond.
The purpose of Pay It Forward will:
To bring individuals interested in community services, those who want to make the world a better and more positive place to live, and anyone else, together.
Be a think tank of change.
To encourage members to let their ideas be known and create initiatives that will match the principles of Pay It Forward, in that with each good thing we do for someone else they will go out and do something for someone and the process will continue, on and on and on.
Work with many other student organizations on campus in support, whether it be sharing service projects, co-sponsoring events, etc.
Establish the Pay It Forward student organization with a minimum membership of 5-10 members
Be recognized by UNH as student organization
Have at least 9 meetings over the course of the semester
Be published or mentioned in the TNH at least once
Work with at least one other student organization
Hear word of mouth mention of Pay It Forward (whether it is directly related to the student organization or not)
Have at least one major event or activity the organization is apart of
See measureable success with the givinggame’s tracking system
Have a positive relationship with Liberty Mutual
See Pay It Forward pass into the next semester as an organization and on the road to being a student organization that stays around for a long time
Used templates and resources provided by the UNH SOS (Student Organization Services) website and physical office and staff.
Met with project partner Lisa Ciccotelli of the Office of Community Service on regular basis.
Held weekly meetings with organization members.
Utilized timeline to help mark milestones and rate progress.
Used agendas and meeting minutes to maintain a record and flow in meetings.
Used communication tools such as e-mail, facebook, and phone to address and send reminders membership.
Implemented ‘the ask.’ Do you need help? How can we get involved? Does this story interest you?
If you don’t ask it won’t happen.
Have a solid foundation in the Capstone Proposal to build upon
Average attendance at meetings is about 5-8 students
Officially a recognized UNH student organization
The 10 th meeting of the semester is being held on 4/21
Story on Pay It Forward published in TNH on February 9, 2010
Working on creating collaborative partnerships with other student organizations
Info table sessions getting the word out
Have done some small acts of paying it forward as an organization
Helping support the Waysmeet Benefit Celebration 4/30
Giving Game cards are activated
Relationship with Liberty Mutual positive and signals good things to come
Making plans for the next semester
Improve on this semester
Connect with resources of the Office of Community Service, Student Organization Services (SOS) and Leadership Center on a deeper level and make other connections with University Offices.
Mission Pay It Forward @ UNH is a student organization dedicated to acts of spreading kindness. Members are empowered to engage in action steps of implementing kindness in their lives and brainstorm, design, and act upon their own ideas with the help of caring peers. Members and friends of Pay It Forward help plant the seeds of kindness.
Vision Pay It Forward @ UNH aims to become one of the premier service organizations at the University of New Hampshire. It is the organization’s hope to connect students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members in powerful flow of kindness in a community and see tangible results of that impact of kindness throughout.
Leadership is a challenge.
The Pay It Forward student organization allowed me to use and/or reflect on such skills and knowledge from previous and current coursework, as facilitation, public speaking, meeting management, organizing and supervising volunteers, fundraising, promotion, publicity and advertising and event management.
This project gave me to proof that I can be a leader and that with the skills, knowledge, and experience I have assembled over the past two years are great foundation for further growth.
I learned that I have a lot more to learn and a lot more room to grow.
My course work gave me the confidence to pursue my passion in a leadership position, now it’s my turn to develop and work on my knowledge and skills to become a better leader.
Leading Pay It Forward, was a honor. But it hasn’t been perfect. It has been hard to delegate tasks, assess commitment and motivate attendance
Kouzes & Posner’s The Leadership Challenge, among other written work on leadership are resources I value greatly.
I am interested in Modeling the Way, Inspiring a Shared Vision, Challenging the Process, Enabling Others to Act and Encouraging the Heart but I need to work to be able to excel at these practices.
My goal is to continue to grow as a leader through absorbing knowledge and then putting that knowledge to practice.
I think that is, what is so powerful about community leadership, you must absorb, understand, and establish a relationship the community around you in order to lead effectively.
Project Sunshine Cards
Thanks A Million Cards for the Troops
Kristen Mosher Tim Barretto, Faculty Advisor Community Leadership Program, University of New Hampshire, Durham NH