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Target 2020 Florida Summit Award Competition Guide

  1. 1. Target 2020 FloridaSummit Competition Guide Miami, Florida June 1-3, 2012
  2. 2. 1875 K Street NW, 5th Floor Washington, DC 20006 Office: 202.642.4320 Fax: 202.729.8100 Summit Competition Guide “We [Millennials] are uniquely positioned to foster community engagement through social networks of all kinds. It is our responsibility to use information and technology to upgrade democracy, transform communication and advance political engagement and civic participation”All Target 2020 Florida Summit applicants are invited to submit their ideas for Awards; financialinvestments up to $7,500 and a year of expert support from our staff and extensive partner network. Winnerswill also participate in the Fellowship program; a 12-month skill-building curriculum that preparesstudents to successfully implement their projects on their campuses, in their communities or online. Projectsare based on these four principles: potential social impact, creativity and innovation, sustainability, and use ofnew and social media communications. Prior to the summit, will select up to 15 proposals andinvite the individual or team who proposed to compete in the Summit Competition.The Summit Competition is held on the final day of the summit and each competitor has five minutes topresent their idea to summit participants, who use their personal interactive keypads to vote on each projectaccording to the following criteria:  Potential Social Impact – how well the project addresses a particular student issue or academic barriers students face in a local community.  Creativity and Innovation – how well the project is customized to address a community’s need in a new or unique way.  Sustainability – how likely is the project to last long enough to fully address the student issue/ academic barrier identified in the proposal.  Use of New and Social Media Communications – how well the project uses technology and social media as a catalyst for social impact.The five projects receiving the top votes will win Awards and one project will win the Viewer’sChoice Award, selected via interactive online voting. Competitors are encouraged to invite their peers andclassmates to tune in and vote at the Fellowship ProgramThe Fellowship Program is a 12-month virtual and in-person leadership development program thatequips Millennials with the skills and resources they need to become civic entrepreneurs. Throughpartnerships with civic leaders, civic organizations and community institutions, the FellowshipProgram trains and prepares winners from each summit to successfully launch and implementcivic entrepreneurial ventures in their communities and on their campuses. --- empowers and invests in Millennials to create and implement solutions to social problems.
  3. 3. 1875 K Street NW, 5th Floor Washington, DC 20006 Office: 202.642.4320 Fax: 202.729.8100 Tips for Planning a ProjectGetting Ready:  Research the background and demographic of the problem you would like to address.  Solicit opinions/advice from colleagues and relevant administrative offices on campus.  Research organizations doing similar projects on the national, state or local levels.  Create a list of experts in the field.  Identify tools or support you can find in similar organizations as well as potential partnerships/ mentorship opportunities.  Decide what makes your idea unique.Optimizing the projects potential: Potential Social Impact  What is the project’s goal? Who will it impact or help?  Why is the project important? (Identify the reasons, purpose and benefits for the project)  How will the project affect the community? Creativity and Innovation  How does the project uniquely address a local community issue that state or national organizations do not already address?  What elements will inspire others in the community to support and join the project?  How does the project build on the creative and innovative strengths of the team or individual? Sustainability  Who is involved with the project?  What does success look like for the project?  What does sustainability mean for the project?  How can the project be sustained until the goals are achieved?  How realistic/obtainable is the project?  When will the goals be reached? (Create a tentative timeline of what the project looks like)  What will the budget look like? Remember that the Award will give a maximum of $7,500.  How will other funds be obtained if needed Use of New and Social Media Communications  How will you market your project?  What technological or social tools will you use to reach your audience and increase the projects potential for success?  How will you build your brand?Articulating the Plan:  Avoid titles that are overly cutesy/clever. The title should reflect your project’s goals.  Determine a clear and articulate mission  Avoid padding your proposal with jargon and buzzwords  Be real: provide context to your project  Set clear and tangible expectations for what summit participants will take away. empowers and invests in Millennials to create and implement solutions to social problems.
  4. 4. 1875 K Street NW, 5th Floor Washington, DC 20006 Office: 202.642.4320 Fax: 202.729.8100 Application ProcessAll Target 2020 Florida Summit applicants are invited to submit a proposal for the Summit Competition.Proposal groups are typically 2-8 students, but there is no minimum or maximum requirement. Students areencouraged to collaborate with their peers and a partner at their college or in the community to develop theirproposal. Your partner should be an institution that can also act as your fiscal sponsor (a 501c3), should youwin an award.Proposals are due in the same date as the individual application deadline. Please note that proposal groupmembers who are accepted to the Summit Competition must also complete an individual summit applicationto be officially accepted to the summit.The Team will select up to 15 proposal groups as finalists who will be invited to participate in theSummit Competition on Sunday, June 3, 2012.The application is made available online at Paper applications are available,but submission via the web form is preferred. To prepare for your proposal, please consider the followingquestions:  What student issues/ academic barriers does the project address?  What is the proposed solution?  How will the solution be implemented?  What steps will be taken to reach the goal? Dates + Deadlines FormatProposal Monday, May 7th at 12AM Midnight EST Online via Web FormFinalist Notifications Proposals accepted to the Competition will be Email notified by Friday, May 18thFinal Presentation June 2nd at 10:00PM EST USB or Disc at Information Table in Hotel LobbyYou are encouraged to collaborate with your peers to develop a complete presentation before the summit (ex.PowerPoint, video or speech). A sample PowerPoint presentation will be shared with the Finalists prior to thesummit.Finalists should bring their completed proposal and presentation to the summit. A workshop will take place onSaturday, June 2nd in the evening where you can practice your presentation and receive feedback. You willhave the opportunity to make final edits to your presentation before submitting it to the Team.Presentations will be checked for technological compatibility and uploaded for the Competition beginningSunday, June 3rd in the morning.To see an example of a previous Target 2020 Summit Competition visit and watchthe Target 2020 Webcast. To see examples of past Award Winners visit and read about our current and past investments. empowers and invests in Millennials to create and implement solutions to social problems.