This part of your application is designed to help us better understand your community issue and evaluate whether your idea will serve as one of the eight focal issues for the week. Out of all the applications, we will select the top twelve projects that are meaningful, collaborative, and rooted in your local community to be worked on in peer groups during Elevate. You will then vote on the top eight you wish to see represented at Elevate. Within a group, you will work on one of the top eight submitted issues, plan a project, and compete for seed money to make the project a reality.
What is a meaningful issue?
A “meaningful issue” is one that affects a significant portion of your local community from the inside out, addressing the causes of the problem instead of the effects.
What does it mean for your project to be collaborative?A collaborative project will seek to work with local community members and organizations in order to address the issue. This will help you think beyond your own ideas and provide you with a stronger foundation for resolving the community issue.
What does it mean for your issue to be local?
By addressing issues in your community first, it is possible for you to create a ripple effect that can grow to a much larger scale. Focusing on an issue in your local community allows you to address the core problem—the cause—rather than the perceived problem (the effect). Because Elevate is geared toward actual, practical implementation of leadership, we want you to follow through on your project plan. Focusing on local issues allows you to work on it while you are home and see it through to completion.
*Note: This session may time out after 15 minutes. In order to avoid losing any part of the written application, we recommend that you write your response on a separate document and copy and paste your answers in when you are ready to submit your application.