Project Development

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy

Justin, a NYC Summit delegate was dissapointed that there wasn't a kayaking club at his he did something about it. And today, over 100 students at Western Carolina University routinely paddle together and organize community festivals,  introducing the broader community to the sport.

In Charlotte, Anthony started an Outdoor Nation Campus Club that has become the model for other campus clubs across the country. Anthony got additional funding at last year's Summit and developed a partnership between a local county park and a Title 1 middle school, starting an outdoor program. The result? Club members built a school garden, went on outdoor adventures and developed a greater appreciation for being outside. Members had a notable decline in misbehavior and fewer unexcused absences. 

Wanting a greater voice in decisions that impact youth and the outdoors, Kris, Palma and Kimberly launched the State Park Youth Ambassador Program; one young leader in every state is selected to increase awareness and support for the state park system. 

Lots of people have great ideas but few are willing to do the hard work it takes to make those ideas come to life. We hope you will. We’ve highlighted five critical steps you can take to turn your idea into reality. 

Additional Resources

Harvard Business Review: Get lost in articles on innovation, strategy and leadership.
Fast Company: Inspiration for success. Check out articles on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership and design.
Do Something U: Learn how to start, grow and maintain your project. 
Dream It – Youth Venture: Learn how to find an idea for a venture, form a team, complete an action plan and succeed in the selection panel process. 
Student Leadership Training Booklet: All you ever wanted to know about how to be a stand-out youth leader.
Ted Talks: Learn just about anything you need to know from the best of the best.

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