Power of One: Education Research Paper



Your Final Project is composed of three different categories that will be submitted as a complete unit. These categories include:

1. Designing a multimedia presentation or slideshow created by PowerPoint. The presentation will illustrate the initiative for students, parents, and/or community.

2. Designing visual resources and handouts that illustrate your initiative and contribute to the presentation.

3. Writing an eight page paper that outlines your processes and that can be used to introduce and support your initiative.

Your multimedia presentation or slideshow can be created by Microsoft PowerPoint and should last 5 minutes (10 slides) when presented orally.

Your presentation should include, but not be limited to:

• Create an initiative, vision and mission on how you will make your community better for adults and youth, using a Community Youth Center as the project.

• A definition of the purpose of your initiative, vision, and mission.

• A brief overview that illustrates the 40 Developmental Assets.

• A graphic that diagrams your community based on researched data (Spanaway, WA).

• An illustration of how your initiative will support or create a positive environment and/or enhance an existing program or practice using proven methods with and for young people.

• A reference slide citing all sources using APA format.

Your created resources and handouts should include the final copies of the Student Handout created in Week Three.

Your written paper should be eight pages in length (excluding title and reference pages), and be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Your paper should include the following topics/headings:

• Describe, through a brief narrative, your initiative, vision, and mission.

• Summarize your community’s demographics, including those that are related specifically to the 40 Developmental Assets as outlined in your text.

• Outline the steps that you have taken, or will take, to achieve your vision through a graphics or written narrative.

• Summarize how you arrived at your initiative based on your community needs as outlined in the demographics. Examine your thought process for developing your mission/vision statement.

• Examine the internal and external assets you are focused on and explain why.

• Specify how your initiative addresses at least four of the Five Action Strategies as identified in your text.

• Illustrate, through a short written explanation, how you evaluated the process.

• Defend your plan for growing and sustaining your initiative.

You may use any or all of the instructional materials you have created during our course. Your completed Final Project should include references and citations for a minimum of five scholarly sources in addition to your text book.


Fisher, D. (2003). Assets in action: A handbook for making communities better places to grow up

Fisher, D. (2008). Quick-start guide to building assets in your prevention program