AVID 9 Leadership Project
Leadership: Seeing something that needs to be done – and doing it!
Between now and March 12, you are encouraged to get involved in one or more of the following
Learning about school-wide leadership roles in ASB, Class Council, Talon, Yearbook, School
Site Council: finding out dates/deadlines/application process, interviewing people about what
happens in those organizations and what problems they have, reflecting on what you want to
offer, and applying to join one of the organizations
Creating a visually-compelling poster for our classroom, incorporating each student’s personal
mission statement and also perhaps leading our class in the process of creating a class mission
Making up and performing a skit relevant to issues in AVID students’ lives and facilitating a
classroom discussion on it
Researching a topic relevant to AVID students’ lives and organizing a classroom activity in
AVID or in another class
Creating a newsletter for AVID parents or a guide for incoming AVID freshmen
Tutoring after-school at an elementary or middle school
Doing a community service project at a retirement center, pre-school, or service-oriented
Starting a club
Joining “Student Ambassadors” and going through the conflict resolution training (see Mrs.
Williams in room 707)
Planning and implementing a campus beautification project (be sure you check with the
administration and custodial staff for their ideas and support)
Organizing any other project to meet a need of our class or school or community, provided you
get your teacher’s approval ahead of time
Leadership Project Due Dates
Proposal (who, what, where, when, how) February 5 _____
Leadership Project / Leadership Project Log March 12 _____
Essay Prewriting March 14/15 _____
Draft Essay March 21/22 _____
Peer Response March 28/29 _____
Leadership Reflective Essay April 4/5 _____
Leadership Proposal (due February 5)
1. State and explain the leadership project your group wants to complete. Your explanation should
clearly state what, when, how, and why you want to do this project. Be as clear and as specific as
2. List what needs to be done, step by step.
3. List the resources (people/materials) you need.
4. Make a timeline and designate who is responsible for each task.
Leadership Project and Leadership Project Log (due March 12):
Your leadership project should take a minimum of 3 hours; that’s the amount of time you can work on it
during AVID class. Continue the Leadership Project Log we began in class on Monday, when you
defined “leader” and wrote down the leadership category you want to focus on. In your Leadership
Project Log, keep track of what, when, how, and with whom you work. Also include your reflections on
what worked and what didn’t. In your log, focus on what you’re learning about leadership and how
you’re feeling (excited, frustrated, angry, disappointed, happy, afraid, guilty, relieved). Also include
specific information about the leadership category you circled on the back of your assignment sheet.
Project’s importance/impact – for yourself, others, AVID, LAHS
Teamwork (skill in communicating with others, making decisions collaborating, and getting
the project done in a timely manner)
Obstacles overcome (skill in working through problems, dealing with the unexpected, and
turning lemons into lemonade)
Thoroughness and thoughtfulness of your project log
Note: You may do as many leadership projects as you wish. The expectation (for a “B” grade) is 3
productive hours spent on your leadership project during or outside of AVID class.
Leadership Reflective Essay (due April 4/5):
Purpose: Explain what you are doing to develop your leadership, including your AVID leadership project
(and possibly community service, and involvement in co-curricular activities such as sports, class
council, and clubs). Reflect on yourself as a leader: your strengths, weaknesses, and goals.
Audience: A group of teachers, counselors, and administrators want to understand who you are, what you
have done, and how you’re developing yourself as a leader.
Voice: --Personal: Describe your own experiences, thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Use the word “I.”
--Formal: Explain your ideas clearly and logically. Do not use the word “you.”
--Reflective: Think seriously about what you say, think, and do. Think seriously about how you
can lead your own best life.
1. Introduce yourself as a leader (1-2 paragraphs). What are your strengths? Weaknesses? What
aspects of yourself as a leader do you need to develop further, in order to lead your best life?
(You might begin your essay with an anecdote relevant to your topic to catch your readers’
2. Explain the current leadership project you’ve recently completed – what, when, where, who,
why, how. Be sure to provide enough details so your readers can understand and appreciate the
project and your role as a leader. You may also want to compare/contrast your leadership
experience with your other community service or co-curricular involvement: sports, class
council, and clubs (1-2 paragraphs).
3. Reflect on what worked, what didn’t, and what recommendations you have if you or others were
to do this project another time. You may also add reflections on what you want to keep doing
and what you want to change, in order to lead your own best life (1-3 paragraphs).
4. Close your essay by explaining what you learned from this project, i.e., how this project helped
you develop your leadership strengths; reflect on what’s next, regarding your personal growth as
a leader and what you are doing in order to lead your own best life (1-2 paragraphs).
Expectations: 1000 words, typed, double spaced (Times Roman font, size 12)
Follow the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing/proofreading
Rubric: Organization (Focused and logical paragraph structure; intro; body paragraphs;
Content and Analysis (insightful analysis of your strengths and weaknesses as a leader;
logical explanation of your leadership project, with clear specifics; insightful
reflections about your leadership project and what it means to lead your own best
Style (awareness of formal audience, variety in sentence structure and word choice,
Mechanics (free from errors in grammar, usage, and the conventions of written English)