Join an eight-week initiative to connect with other students, design positive service projects, and support your community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 
Program Dates
March 9–May 1, 2021

Approximately 4 hours per week. Hybrid virtual and in-person.

 
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Community Impact Project

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 San Diego 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.

 

Join a movement to connect across borders and take action in your own community! Start your application here.

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What You'll Do

Take action in your own community! Connect with students across the city while you figure out how to address needs around San Diego. Design and implement ethical, meaningful service projects shaped through cross-cultural collaboration.

 

What to Expect

  • Groups of 8–12 students from the San Diego area
  • Eight week session, approximately 4 hours per week. Virtual meetups during the week and in-person volunteering on the weekends.
  • Small group collaboration and live discussions
  • One-on-one meetings with your mentor

 

What You’ll Get

  • Do something fun and connect with other students in San Diego!
  • Explore social impact and entrepreneurship, focusing on issues you care about
  • Earn 20+ service hours while you design your own project that supports the San Diego community
  • One-on-one mentorship with an experienced member of the AMIGOS network
  • Receive a Leadership Certificate when you complete the program
  • Build a new network of friends committed to sharing responsibility for our global community

 

What You Need

  • Age: 14–19
  • Program Fee: $995
  • Technology: Access to webcam and internet
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Final deadline Feb. 16, 2021

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Alumni report:
97% high level satisfaction with program experience
95% would recommend to a friend

In Focus: Service Project Design Thinking

Empathize

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.

Define

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?

Ideate

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.

Prototype

Design a sample project that you can test in a short time frame. Come up with an action plan for testing your prototype.

Test

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.

Feedback

Pitch your project to an AMIGOS panel! Get feedback and advice for carrying your project forward.

FAQ

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?

Yes!

 

What are some examples of service projects?

Your service project is completely up to you! That said, here are some project ideas:

  • Teach sign language and the history of the local deaf community via Instagram
  • Organize a group to deliver food and supplies to elderly and/or medically vulnerable people in your neighborhood
  • Create an online tutoring system for students in your area

 

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. The deadline to apply for the program is February 16, 2021.

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Key Information

Apply

Click here to start an application. The deadline to apply is February 16, 2021

Dates

March 9–May 1, 2021.

Fees

The program fee is $995.

“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)

Program Requirements
  • Interest in community engagement and leadership
  • Be age 14–19
  • Live in the San Diego area

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