Community projects are an essential component of the YES Program. These tips may be useful as you plan and complete your projects.
- Get Permissions
Ensure that appropriate permissions are given from the proper authorities (parent, school, city, etc.) to carry out the project.
- Make Back-Up Plans
Things happen, so when the do be prepared. Have your participants think about an alternative project(s) in case your project plans fall through.
- Seek Donations
In the past, donations have been instrumental in the outcomes of community projects. Large chain stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s, as well as local merchants, have participated. When soliciting donations:
- Find the appropriate person to speak with
- Ask for their policies/protocols on donations
- Create a formal solicitation letter. Include a description of YES, be specific on the project, its purpose, the cost, and what you need from them.
- Be prepared to mention your non-profit status (tax exempt information)
- Send a thank you letter signed by the youth
- Remember Your Tax Exempt Information
Have your information together before you go shopping.
Previous YES Projects
Here are some examples of projects that other implementations of YES have used successfully.
Community/School Beautification Projects
- Planting gardens
- Improving recreational facilities
- Creating public art
- Making and donating useful things
- Hosting community events
- Promoting peaceful solutions