Pro(ACT)’s signature program is Project>Me. This program’s model encourages each participating youth to evolve through the course of many community service projects and to make a meaningful impact on social issues in Indianapolis.
Early years of participation: Learning and Reflection
For each youth, the first two to three years of involvement will focus on learning and reflection across several social issues. The boys and girls may learn about subjects such as homelessness, immobility, poverty, neighborhood decay and revitalization, art, urban gardening, and access to transportation. Besides meeting for community service projects, the youth will visit college campuses and workplaces once each month throughout the year. These activities will give youth a clear sense of direction and personal potential.
Middle years of participation: Deep Exploration of an Issue
Midway through high school, the youth will choose certain social issue(s) to explore in depth as a cohort. They will create and run a service project expressly to address a social issue of the group’s choosing. They will read about that issue, listen to guest speakers, interview experts in the field, and visit places affected by the issue. In addition, they will design and raise funds for a summer travel experience that will teach them about a community far beyond Indianapolis. They might visit Washington, DC; a famous historical site; a national park; or another distant venue.
Final year of participation: Independent Capstone Project
In senior year, each youth will further examine a social issue of that student’s choosing, culminating in a capstone project that incorporates service, observation, reflection, field and literature research, analysis, and synthesis. Different youth may focus on different social issues.
Each year, students will receive credit from Pro(ACT) for the number of service projects they have completed and for the number of issues they have explored in depth. These credits will help us track the youths’ learning and will make the youth eligible for awards each year. Youth may also receive service learning or academic credit from their schools, depending on the policies of their schools’ teachers and administrators.
Project>me is currently located in Lawrence Township, Indianapolis, Indiana. We meet at the Cottages of Fall Creek Recreational Center (5653 Brendon Way North Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46226).
All children and teens ages 12-18 (7th-12th grades) of any race, faith, or background.
Every Saturday for 12-weeks during the Fall and Spring semesters of school.
We are intentional about building relationships with our youth participants. Our program model focuses on engaging cohorts of 10-20 students in public service. Therefore, any youth participant who wants to get involved with Project>me must become a part of one of our cohorts. “Contact us” for information on the nearest PGTM cohort to you.
You meet us at our meeting place and we will provide transportation to the service project, snacks, and lunch for the day.
If there is no cohort near your location, consider taking charge and starting a cohort in your school! “Contact us” to learn how!
Our programs are designed to cultivate youths’ perspectives, skills, and values. Our effect may vary from one student to the next, but generally speaking, we expect to see these changes in each youth:
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During weekly workshops and service projects, program t-shirts, transportation, snacks, and lunch are provided for each program participant. We ask for $30/semester from each student in order to participate in Project>me.
Scholarships are available for those students needing financial assistance. Please fill out this form to apply for program scholarships.
Important Project>Me documents, policies, and procedures are listed below for your review.