Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what you're going to do and just go do it. --Marilyn Grey

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what youve got to say, and say it hot. --D. H. Lawrence

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. --Carl W. Buechne

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. --Winston Churchill

A passive and ignorant citizenry will never create a sustainable world. --Andrew Gaines

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. --Kyle Chandler

GOAL settingGoals

Congratulations on identifying your passion! Now it’s time to design a project that either helps your passion or allows you to share your passion with others.


Each of us is equipped with different talents and skills. How can you best utilize
your strengths to help others?

Step 1: Take a moment to write down all of the adjectives that describe your personality.
Do the adjectives you listed suggest you are an outgoing or shy person?
If you answered “yes” to being outgoing, then you are probably an extrovert- a person who tends to relate easily with people and external events. If you answered “yes” to being shy, then you might be an introvert- a person who gets their energy from internal thoughts, feelings and reflection.
Leadership looks different for different kinds of people. Both introverts and extroverts can be great leaders and advocates.

Step 2: Take a moment to write down your academic and extracurricular strengths and interests.
Your job is to pair as many of your strengths and interests with your passion as possible. That’s where the best service projects stem from.

For example:
1. You fill out the passion worksheet and come to the conclusion that you love dogs for lots of different reasons.
2. You brainstorm how you can help dogs or share your passion with dogs for others. You do some research online and learn about your local humane society. You decide to do something in your local community to raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering and want to raise money for your city’s animal shelter.
3. You write down adjectives that describe your personality and your academic and extracurricular strengths and talents. You really like to play soccer and organize things. You decide to help dogs by designing a 3v3 soccer tournament that will raise funds for your local humane society.

Now you know roughly what kind of service project or campaign you want to do. How do you set realistic goals?

Step 1: Brainstorm some short and long term goals.
Take a look at your short term and long term goals. Are they SMART: smart, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound?
Step 2: It’s time to break up your goals into manageable tasks.
For example:
Short term- I will create an awareness campaign about spaying and neutering and will introduce my 3v3 soccer tournament to members of my community.
Long term- I will design and implement my 3v3 soccer tournament to raise money for my local humane society.

For my short term goal I have 3 tasks:
1. Design- writing the posters and letters to the editor
2. Distribution- emailing my letter to my local newspaper, posting flyers in my school, library, community bulletin boards
3. Communication- making presentations to schools, environmental clubs and soccer teams about spaying and neutering

For my long term goal I have 5 tasks:
1. Design logistics- I will figure out the who, what, where, when questions for my soccer tournament
2. Partnerships- I will identify partners that can help me achieve my goal like my local animal shelter and sports complex
3. Distribution- After figuring out the physical logistics of the events and recruiting volunteers, I will invite all of the soccer teams in my league and my school's team to participate in the tournament
4.Outreach- After getting participants for my soccer tournament, I will pitch my event to local news outlets to generate more awareness and funding
5. Application- I will work with my team of volunteers and partners to carry out my event, with clear jobs for everyone involved

 MA If you decide that you want to do a group project make sure that you put together a team that is: focused on the same goals, diverse, supportive, respectful and includes members with different perspectives and skillsets. It is your job as the group leader to be receptive of feedback, support your teammates and help designate clear jobs for everyone in the group.

A project planning worksheet can be found on the Roots&Shoots website.