Small Actions Big Impact
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Start-Up (first few activities have happened)
1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."
I am stepping up to make a change because I've noticed a high demand for volunteers in our community. I feel that everyone has the power to make a difference, but some people may not have the motivation that they need. I personally have seen my peers work hard to achieve the community service hours required for graduation, then stop engaging in volunteer work due to lack of motivation. That’s why I created Small Actions Big Impact, an organization that encourages members to make a change in their community by logging volunteer work they participate in. Being able to transfer real world service into a online platform will allow people to compete with each other and receive rewards for their efforts. Making a change is possible with a small group of people, but more realistic when the whole world is involved! The power is in the people!
2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
There are so many important causes around the world, and so few volunteers to fulfill the needs of these organizations. My town has the goal of creating an ideal "united community", where citizens are there for each other. To truly create a united community, there needs to be more emphasis on volunteering. There are so many problems in the world today, but if each person helps causes that are important to them, great change can be made.
3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
I'm planning to greatly increase the number of people volunteering worldwide by motivating people to do service in their communities. Small Actions Big Impact is currently partnered with another website to allow a platform for members to log their volunteer work and compete with other members. This turns volunteering into a more fun and game-like activity, knowing that you can receive virtual achievements for participating in real life events. In my experience, many people are interested in doing good in their community, but don't have the motivation or resources. In addition to an online platform, we also list organizations and events on our website. Connecting people to volunteer opportunities they are passionate about is a plus for everyone: the members (they get valuable experience), the organizations/events (they get volunteers), and the world (causes come closer to being achieved).
4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
A person can become a member of Small Actions Big Impact from anywhere in the world. They would first go to "Join" on our website, then create an account on Chore Wars, our temporary membership base until we are able to develop a membership platform on our own website. The person would then be able to reference the list of volunteer opportunities, either on Chore Wars or our main webpage. From feedback we have received, the list helps fuel ideas for ways to volunteer. The person can then perform any of the given services, and log their completion on the Chore Wars platform for XP and gold. XP allows users to compete with each other, while gold is currently in the process of becoming redeemable for rewards. The members we currently have say knowing they will receive XP and gold makes them more motivated to volunteer.
5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
Many projects are focused in on volunteering for specific causes, but I haven't encountered an organization that flips this focus to focus on the cause of establishing volunteers worldwide. Having volunteers is not a well known cause, but a very important one because the success of all other causes is fueled off of committed volunteers. With so many important causes in the world, motivated volunteers are needed more than ever. Small Actions Big Impact is the only start-up that I have found that focuses in on this issue.
6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
We've spent a long time working on the organization before it's launch, so we're still working to advertise the company and build a strong base of members. So far, we've connected the members we have to new organizations that they're passionate about. I think it's really cool to see someone not just volunteer once, but become a lasting member of an organization that Small Actions Big Impact has introduced them to.
7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
1. To create a augmented reality application. This application would be similar to Pokemon Go in a sense, but virtual items would be located at organization buildings and volunteer events. This would eliminate cheating because the users would have to physically be at the location, and it would increase users' motivation because who doesn't want to play an augmented reality game AND help the community?
2. To create a membership platform on our website, so we're no longer dependent on Chore Wars, as navigating between websites can be confusing for users.
3. To expand the list of organizations and events from Massachusetts to New England, then to across the United States to reach a broader audience.
8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?
To create an augmented reality application, I would need funding to create, publish, and run the program as well as to hire app developers/coders. It would be a very large project, but one that I would be committed to making a reality. I also need funding and a programming team to create a website separate of the Weebly domain that would contain a membership platform. Additionally, there are currently 3 team members and this team would need to be expanded to keep events updated in a broader location. To elevate Small Actions Big Impact to the next level, I need to expand the team/hire programmers, receive start-up funding, and find ways to advertise the organization to get members involved.
9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.
Since I've been interested in business and activism since third grade, my friends weren't surprised when I told them I had another start-up idea. When I told them more about the organization, they became really interested in becoming a part of the team. They've helped me develop SABI, from researching volunteer opportunities to helping create our personal journey video. I find hearing their ideas and working with them to be helpful and impactful, and I would be thrilled to collaborate with other changemakers. Youth really are the power of the future, and as I find different ways to make a difference in my community and the world on a daily basis, nothing would inspire me more than partnering with other youth who are just as passionate about turning their ideas into a reality as I am. I agree that working with others is a powerful way to make a difference, and connecting with other young minds would unleash a huge potential for change to be made. Two minds are better than one, and I would love to see how we can change the world if we all work together. In SABI, other changemakers advocating, volunteering, or joining the team would be beneficial in making a maximal difference.
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