Developing your Capstone Project

A S.A.V.E. Capstone Project is all about engaging in a process of cultivating a unique insight, idea, or action that leads to positive social change.

 

Once you become a Serve The City Paris volunteer you might find you have a personal desire to do more for our society and the city of Paris.  Through a creative process and guided framework, the S.A.V.E. program offers a volunteer the ability to work on your own social impact idea, collaborate with other volunteers on ideas for social impact, or improve existing volunteer projects.  You are also given the opportunity to investigate your own personal purpose for volunteering, and your talents for best serving the world.

 

S.A.V.E. Program participants are given a selection of workshops each month to choose from, along with a selection of tools, exercises, feedback from others, case studies, and best practices to help create sustainable social impact initiatives.  You engage in discussions with other volunteers who have similar interests, values and ambitions.

 

The single most important outcome of participating in the S.A.V.E. program is that volunteers  become better volunteers through reflection, collaboration and education on our current humanitarian and environmental challenges.

 


Deliverables

 

Here are examples of deliverables that can result from working on a Capstone Project…

  • Insights and findings resulting from open discussions around a current social issue.
  • The opportunity to share your thoughts and knowledge on social issues that affect our community.
  • The ability to bring a social impact idea or project to reality.
  • A personal assessment and reflection that helps answer the question about our purpose and reason for driving social impact.

 

Guiding Questions

The following are some guiding questions to help you to kick off thinking about the content for your project:

SAVE (Service, Action, Volunteer, Empowerment)

    • SERVICE: Why is service important for our community? What have we learned through participating in previous volunteer activities?  Does our volunteering make a difference?  Why serve?

 

    • ACTION: Why is action important? Why should we work on the front line of humanitarian and environmental issues to solve these problems?   What are the consequences (time, money, other priorities, family, etc) if we decide to take action?

 

    • VALUES: What is our purpose in volunteering. What have we learned about your own values while volunteering and why are these important to us? How do we define success, and how do we define significance?  How can we best use our true values to make an impact and change in society?

 

    • EMPOWERMENT:   Volunteering has created in each of us a level of confidence, a purpose, compassion, and determination. How can we take these attributes and use them to make change and impact?    Where, when, and how do we start driving change and impact and how can we use what we have learned to empower others to take action as well?

 

Submission

The final Capstone project can be a essay, a workshop, a proposal, a visual presentation,  (or in some cases, a peaceful demonstration in Paris).   A Capstone Project can also be a form of expression, such a video, photo-essay, painting, song, a poem, a performance, or any type of expression.

 

The Capstone Project can be submitted to receive a SAVE Certificate and Letter of Testimonial for work credit, school credit or for your CV (for job searching).  Big ideas that come out from the Capstone Projects may be recommended into our SAVE lab program or publicized through our social media channels, and through over 100+ Serve the City International chapters worldwide.

 

 

Publication of works

Serve The City Paris may ask for the publishing of any great Capstone Project to post through social media networks or to be saved in our database for future use.  These ideas and projects can help others with their projects, and to help generate ideas for new future Capstone Projects.   They will also help promote the SAVE program among our followers and donors, demonstrating what this change-agent platform can do for our international communities.