Student Initiated Project: Introduction

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance.
  • Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions.

Goal: To create a video where we demonstrate why people should donate and vote for a charity of our choice

What is it?

This project consists in the creation of a video which promotes a charity. This video is between two and four minutes long, and will include us explaining what the charity does and why the audience should donate. This video is part of the “Project for Awesome,” a project organized by the Foundation to Decrease World Suck, Inc. The Project is run by John and Hank Green via a YouTube live stream which runs over the course of the 12th and 13th of December. When we have completed our video, we will upload it to the Project for Awesome website. Afterwards, John and Hank Green pick out different videos to be shown on the livestream. If we’re lucky, ours could be featured! The efforts of all the video creators will raise money, which will then be distributed to top charities.

How long will it take?

Our video must be uploaded to the Project for Awesome website during those 48 hours that the live stream runs. Therefore, we have about 2 months and a half to write the script, film the video and then edit it.

What two CAS components will it combine?

Creativity and service.

Who will be participating and what roles will each undertake?

We, Ainhoa Santos and Nolan Young, will collaborate to create this promotional video. Nolan will contact the charity Alboan and will arrange a meeting or some form of communication so we can get the best information possible to include in our video.  Both of us will work together to create the script for the video and we will both appear in the video itself. Ainhoa will work on post-production, editing the video and uploading it to the website in December. Therefore, we will each have our separate roles, but we will collaborate and work as a team to create the best video possible.

Why do we want to participate in this project?

We want to take part in this project because it combines two incredibly interesting concepts, video-making and creating publicity for a charity we love. Both of us already knew about the charity livestream set up by the Foundation to Decrease World Suck, and we loved the way they shone a light on charities that, otherwise, would not have much publicity to use. With this project, we wish to do just that: create free publicity for a charity, probably Alboan, in a creative and engaging way.

What is our goal for this project?

We hope to create a video where we demonstrate why people should donate and vote for the charity of our choice. Doing this, we will be drawing attention to a good cause, as well as creating free publicity for a charity and developing our filmmaking skills. We will know we were successful in doing this as soon as our video is posted on YouTube and gets some views. Hopefully, this will mean that the video and, therefore, the charity we choose will get noticed. This may lead to people voting for it during the Project For Awesome livestream, as well as donating money to the charity directly themselves.

What steps will we follow?

We will work on the project here in Bilbao from October through to the middle of December. Nolan will contact the charity, Alboan, by the end of October. This charity is a Jesuit organisation which is based in the Basque Country and Navarra. They concentrate on helping achieve quality education for everyone, contributing to sustainable development, providing humanitarian aid in crises and achieving democracy for minority groups. All of their work is based on their three key axes: spirituality as something important for human development, recognising the differences between women and men and working to achieve gender equality and getting the public to participate in social and political events.

We heard about the Student Initiated Project in September and we immediately thought that we could work together. Ainhoa came up with the idea of creating a video for Project for Awesome. We thought of local charities which we could contact easily, and Alboan was our first choice. We both knew about Project for Awesome prior to initiating this activity, so we understand how beneficial it is for society and how much money it raises for worthy causes. We are confident that this year even more money will be raised, and that our contribution can only help this project.

How will we manage our time?

We will be working on this project until around December 10th. Meetings and talks with the organization we will probably be promoting, Alboan, should take place as soon as possible, around the end of October or beginning of November at the latest. The video’s script should also be ready for around this time. Filming the video will probably take us a few hours, so this should take place as soon as the script is ready in order to leave enough time for the editing and uploading side of the project, which could take up to a week to complete. Ideally, we would have the project ready by the end of November or beginning of December in order to leave time to solve any inconveniences that could arise.

What resources will we need?

We do not need too many resources to complete this project. The only event that should take place before the project starts is us meeting or speaking to a representative from Alboan, as they will probably give us some sort of guideline as to what we should talk about in the video. Aside from that, we will only need a videocamera and a video editing program, which are already easily available to us.

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