Developing your Capstone Project

Developing your own Capstone Project, or working with other SAVE members on a Capstone Project, is all about engaging in a process of cultivating a unique insight, idea or action that leads to positive social change.  As a member of the SAVE network, you are invited to investigate your own personal purpose and define your mission as a volunteer, or perhaps eventually as a partner/owner in an NGO.


Through the creative process and guided framework of developing your own project or working with others, The S.A.V.E. Member Program offers an environment for you to become a better volunteer and ultimately, be empowered as a change-agent of our world with great influence, clear vision, and grit.


The deliverables of the SAVE Capstone Project allows our members to demonstrate the competencies attained from participating in SAVE workshops and SAVE volunteer activities.   There are three key objectives resulting from working on a Capstone Project.  First, to help identify a SAVE members unique purpose and talents for best serving our communities.   Second,  leverage what the program offers (process, tools, exercises, feedback from others, case studies, and best practices) to create a sustainable social impact project.   Lastly, collaborate with other change-agents to reflect upon the complexity of our current humanitarian and environmental challenges, and learn how to take relevant action. 


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

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


*Supporting formats/expressions such as poetry, video, photo-essay, painting, song, performance and any type of expressions are more than welcome as a final outcome of the Capstone project


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? 



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 Project may be recommended into our SAVE lab program, or publicised through our social media channels, and through over 100+ Serve the City International chapters worldwide.


Publication of works 

With your permission, we will 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 network among our followers and donors, demonstrating what this change-agent platform can do for our international communities.