Suggested Group Activity
Make “America Let’s Do Lunch” empowerment tray favors to support mental wellness with positive messages. Place on Meals on Wheels trays to show seniors they are important and noticed!
Completing the Wellbeing Advocate Patch Program® is a suggested prerequisite for earning your Wellbeing Delegate Pin. Your advocate experience will help provide you with the knowledge needed to become a delegate for wellbeing of the people in your community. You can also opt to complete the Wellbeing Advocate Patch Program® requirements during the time you earn this Delegate pin.
Requirement 1: Choose It!
Points to Consider When Choosing a Wellbeing Service Project:
- What is Alcohol Use Disorder? Helpful Link: Alcohol Use Disorder
- What is Binge Drinking? Helpful Link: Binge Drinking
- What is alcoholism? Helpful Link: Warning Signs of Alcoholism
- What causes alcoholism?
Helpful Link: 5 Most Common Causes of Alcoholism
- What is drug addiction? Helpful Link: Drug addiction
- What is the opioid epidemic? Helpful Link? Understanding the Epidemic
- Who is at risk for substance abuse? Helpful Link: Addiction Risk Factors
- Find out more about bullying and school violence. Helpful Link: Here’s What Makes Bullied Teens More Likely To Pack A Gun For School
- Find out about teen pregnancy. Helpful Link: About Teen Pregnancy
- What is cutting? Helpful Link: Self-injury/cutting
- How common is self-injury? Helpful Link: One in 12 teenagers self harm
- How many people commit suicide each year? Helpful Link: Suicide Statistics
- Find out more about bullying and suicide. Helpful Link: The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide:
- Create a safe haven where students can go and talk about issues they are having and find solutions for them. Consider online options.
- Organize a community drive to collect tablets and computers for senior centers so their residents can stay connected.
- Establish a ESL team to reach out to students and community members who need extra assistance with language skills.
- Organize a teen job fair at your school.
- Challenge your Board of Education to make changes to increase the high school graduation rate.
- Start a “Say Something” campaign where people can report at-risk individuals.
- Organize a town hall for parents to get information about recognizing substance abuse in their children.
- Join GradNation committee.
- Plan an Event to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Get your school to enforce its anti-bullying policy.
- Host a “Senior” prom for Senior Citizens.
- Start an anti-drama initiative at your school.
- What are your skills and talents?
- Do you need a mentor or adviser? Who will it be?
- Will there be legal or permit issues to resolve?
- How many others can you recruit to help?
- Will your volunteers need special skills or training?
- How many hours can you devote to the project?
- Will there be a project deadline?
- How much money will you be able to raise for the project?
- Can you get a sponsor to help with the costs?
Requirement 2: Plan it!
Setting goals will help give you a long-term vision and short-term motivation. It helps you to organize your thoughts and determine exactly what needs to be done.
- Decide exactly what you want to accomplish and give your project a name.
- Break it down into smaller steps.
- Set up a timeline.
Although smaller projects can be done alone, many projects will require a team. As the project delegate, one of your most important roles will be building a successful team. Helpful Link: 7 Super Steps to Recruit Volunteers.
- Find a mentor with experience in your project area.
- Enlist an Advocate to help you recruit volunteers. Consider using a volunteer release form especially if you are working with children. Helpful Link: Volunteer Release Form
- Decide which jobs you can do alone.
- Will you have teams?
- How many people will you need for each team?
Budgeting allows you to create a spending plan for your project. Sticking to your budget ensures that you will have enough money for the things you need to complete it. If you copied the table above you will see there is a section for budgeting.
There are many ways to raise money. If you are working with an organization such as Girl Scouts* check first to see what is allowed. Helpful Link: A Beginner’s Guide to Fundraising
- Consider GoFundMe, CrowdRise, DonorsChoose, or Kickstarter.
- Organize an event like a car wash, bake sale, or benefit dinner to raise awareness around your fundraiser.
- Host an event such as a walkathon, run, or bike rides.
- Ask local businesses and community members to donate items for a silent auction or a live auction.
- Sales of customized products like tee shirts, pens, and buttons will not only raise funds but generate awareness about your project.
- Invite the local media to your fundraiser or at least supply them with a photo and caption after the event.
Specific ideas for Wellbeing Fundraising
Get clever with your ideas. Think of things related to your cause. It will help bring awareness and set up a “fun” atmosphere, while raising the money you need to complete your cause.
- Raffle off spa gift baskets.
- Make and sell candles.
- Host a candle party.
- Find a yoga instructor to give “free” classes in exchange for donations.
- Find a psychologist to give “free” mindfulness workshops in exchange for donations.
- Find a esthetician to give “free” mini facials in exchange for donations.
- Host a Saturday night drop off for date night babysitting in exchange for a donation.
- Make and sell bath salts.
- Give recognition gifts for sponsorships. Set donation levels such as $20 for an wellbeing pin or $40 for a tee shirt.
- Burn and sell CDs with nature sounds.
- “Sell” hugs from your big cuddly dog at a street fair.
Requirement 3: Do It!
You should now be ready to put your plan into action. Join in during your project to supervise and provide assistance at all levels.
After completing the plan, remember to thank the community.
Ways to say Thank You:
- Personally thank individuals and businesses who helped. A handwritten letter is always nice. Helpful link: How to write a thank you letter.
- Thank the community as a whole with posters.
- Create a follow up press release and include the names of individuals and businesses who participated. Helpful link: How to write a press release.
- Give certificates of appreciation.
- Thank the community as a whole on social media.
Congratulations on completing your wellbeing action project! The Wellbeing Delegate pin makes a great reward for completing your project. It also makes a great gift to program sponsors and mentors.
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