Completing the Wellness Advocate Patch Program® is a suggested prerequisite for earning your Wellness Delegate Pin. Your advocate experience will help provide you with the knowledge needed to become a delegate for better wellness for the people in your community. You can also opt to complete the Wellness Advocate Patch Program® requirements during the time you earn this Delegate pin.
Requirement 1: Choose It!
Points to Consider When Choosing a Wellness Service Project:
- Do teens exercise regularly? Helpful Link: Fitness Benefits For Teens
- What about dieting and teens? Helpful Link: Fad Diets and Teens: 8 Reasons Fad Diets Seriously Suck
- Is being a vegetarian healthy for teens? Helpful Link: Vegetarianism in Teens
- Is strength training a good idea for teens? Helpful Link: Strength Training
- How can teens enjoy better health: Helpful Link:
Dr. Oz’s 25 health tips for teens
- Does spiritual wellness mean going to church? Helpful Link: Spiritual Wellness
- What is emotional wellness? Helpful Link: Emotional Wellness
- Organize a health and wellness fair at your school.
- Get a bike path created in your neighborhood.
- Update a playground.
- Get healthier vending choices at your school and other public places.
- Get new balls, jump ropes, hula hoops and other equipment for your elementary school.
- Have condoms available at your school.
- Get your school to have a date rape awareness seminar.
- Start a healthy weight initiative in your community.
- Create a hiking trail.
- Get a community-wide ban on smoking even in outdoor areas.
- Start an initiative to have students sign a no-drinking, no-drugs pledge before prom season.
- Get your place of worship to have youth-friendly services.
- 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 Wellness 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.
- Host a Jump-Rope-a-Thon a Bike-a-thon, a Dance-a-Thon or a Walk-a-Thon
- Organize a teachers vs. students ball game and sell tickets.
- Create a fitness challenge where people pair up and challenge each other to do the most sit ups, push ups or other activity. Each person pays a fee to enter and the winner gets a prize or a small percentage of the entry fee.
- Create a parent-child field day event.
- Give recognition gifts for sponsorships. Set donation levels such as $20 for a wellness pin or $40 for a tee shirt.
- Find a swim instructor who wants to promote their business by giving “free” swim lessons in exchange for a donation.
- Rent a bounce house. Sell tickets for admission.
- Create a battle of the bands evening at a local park.
- Resell energy drinks with your own label spreading the word about your project.
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 wellness action project! The Wellness 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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