Join an eight-week initiative to connect with other students, design positive service projects, and support your community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 9–May 1, 2021
Approximately 4 hours per week. Hybrid virtual and in-person.
The AMIGOS Community Impact Project gives you the chance to take action in your community at a time when global connection and local action are more important than ever. This innovative initiative enables you to channel your energy into working with other young leaders in the Austin area. You’ll create projects that address pressing local issues and you’ll build a network of like-minded individuals committed to creating positive change.
Take the time to explore how you define community and address issues you’re passionate about. You will leave this program with a tangible service project design, a portfolio of work to showcase on your resume, and a new group of Amigos across the city.
Take action in your own community! Connect with students across the city while you figure out how to address needs around Central Texas. Design and implement ethical, meaningful service projects shaped through cross-cultural collaboration.
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Identify communities you are a part of. Which community do you want to design your project for? Communities can be many things: a club at your school, your block, your class, your neighborhood, your city…the list goes on! Consider the issue you want to address in your community.
Research the causes of the issue you are focusing on. What is your vision for the future of your community? How will your service project help make this happen?
Find out what resources you already have and where you might need extra support. Research resources that already exist in your community that could support your project. Create goals around your service project.
Design a sample project that you can test in a short time frame. Come up with an action plan for testing your prototype.
Put your prototype into action! This is your first chance to see how your project might work. Reflect and adjust your project as needed. Create a final pitch for your project based on what you learned during the testing phase.
Pitch your project to an AMIGOS panel! Get feedback and advice for carrying your project forward.
Is the service project done individually or with a group?
Individually. This program will equip you to design a project that meets the needs of your community. Throughout the program, you’ll collaborate and give and receive feedback from your cohort, but your service project is yours to create!
Do we implement our service project during the eight-week program or after?
After. This program gives you the tools to understand needs and gaps in your community. You will design and test (but not complete) your project during the course of the eight-week program. During the final week, you will present your project pitch to members of the AMIGOS community. It is our goal that you will be ready to implement your project once the program ends, though we understand that due to the impacts of COVID-19, not everyone will be able to implement their project right away.
Can I sign up with a friend?
What are some examples of service projects?
Your service project is completely up to you! That said, here are some project ideas:
When do I need to be available?
The dates are March 9–May 1, 2021. The weekly schedule is TBD.
How do I apply?
Start your application here! Be ready to fill out some information about yourself and answer a couple of short answer questions about yourself and your goals for participating in the program. Financial assistance is available. The deadline to apply for the program is February 16, 2021.
Click here to start an application. The deadline to apply is February 16, 2021. Financial assistance is available and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
March 9–May 1, 2021.
The program fee is $995. Financial assistance is available on a rolling basis.
“Being in a virtual community is never like being face to face with someone, but[…]you still feel that warmth and get that feeling of belonging. It has been a kind and respectful sharing space.”
–Valentina, Colombia (’20)
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