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Processes & Funding Model

Project Leaders

Project Leaders are the two people who have submitted the final proposal and accepted the responsibility for the organization and leadership of a civic engagement trip.

Healthy teams work together and share a vision, responsibilities, and leadership roles. Teams have autonomy in terms of how they want to organize themselves. For example, teams may choose to use a horizontal organizational structure that uses consensus decision-making. Regardless, it is required that a team designate two Project Leaders who assume responsibility for working with the ABP to ensure the success of the team.

Project Leader Responsibilities

We’re excited that you’re interested in organizing and leading a civic engagement project with the ABP! This could be a life-changing experience for you, your team, the community with which you will work, and even the communities of which you are a part.

Organizing and running an ABP trip, however, is a lot of work and responsibility. Below is a list of what will be expected of you, as a Project Leader.

As the group’s organizer and leader, you will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring the group follows all ABP policies and procedures, including adhering to deadlines and attending trainings
  • Working with other ABP project leaders to share ideas, brainstorn solutions to challenges, and provide support to each other
  • Recruiting and developing your team
  • Establishing and completing your team’s goals for the trip
  • Working with the sponsor organization
  • Building and adhering to a budget
  • Securing the funding required for the trip

Funding Model

Student Engagement staff will evaluate each proposal to determine how many team members a project requires and will then purchase the corresponding number of travel arrangements. ABP will purchase international or domestic flights for projects, or domestic rental cars through Hertz. The ABP will purchase travel for teams of up to six people.

Teams from recognized student groups need written confirmation from their group's president that the team can use the group's account in order to deposit or withdraw funds. In so doing, the president acknowledges that the group takes on financial responsibility for the team's actions.

Independent teams must use an ABP account to deposit funds raised specifically to support the project. These groups can also spend out of this account for project-related expenses. 

Nonrefundable contributions must be submitted to the ABP by each team member. The Project Leaders are required to deposit their nonrefundable contributions by the first workshop. Other team members are required to deposit their nonrefundable contributions by the second workshop.  

International projects require a $100 nonrefundable contribution.

Domestic projects require a $50 nonrefundable contribution. 

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