In my previous post, I presented a grand vision for speaking to every student (K-12) in the state of Montana at all 967 public and private schools. It will take three-plus years to complete.
Here is how I intend to physically accomplish this big task.
- Sponsorship – The schools will not have to pay a dime. I’ll fund the project via sponsorship. My goal is to find a single, primary sponsor who will fund at least 50% of the project. Other sponsors will be brought on board as either regional sponsors or specialty sponsors to fund specific items such as gifts and single-item needs.
- My Job – My job will be pretty simple. Go to each and every school and deliver the message of Gumption to every single student – with passion. Second, and equally important, I will act as the conductor. I need to create the music and dance between the youth, the schools, the sponsors, and my team.
- Team – With such a big task, a strong team will need to be assembled. The two, single-most-critical team members will be my personal assistant/scheduler and a full-service advertising agency. A new network of video, technical, and editing services will be added to complement my existing cadre of designers, coaches, bookkeeper, and accountant. Additional specialists will be necessary to help with the travel and day-of-event logistics.
- Pre- and Post-Learning – While the main event will be my live, in-person presentation at each school, I have plans for both pre- and post-event learning opportunities. The pre-event will consist of a teacher and school planning guide that will allow teachers to have learning conversations with the students prior to the event. The post-event will be both the teachers’ guide for follow-up discussions with students, as well as on-line video and interactive learning modules for the students to acquire additional learning. All are designed to reinforce the messages of Gumption, personal responsibility, and creating your own results.
- Student Gifts – Every student will be given an age-appropriate booklet that further explains Gumption and the themes from the presentation. They will also receive a gift bag with a feather, ping-pong ball, and chocolates. The gifts are designed to be fun, memorable, and a direct reinforcement of the key learning objectives.
- Timeline – Forrest Gump’s run across America lasted for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours … the MT Student Gumption tour will be similar in time. The pilot program will begin in March of 2013. Then during the next three school years starting in the fall of 2013 and finishing in the spring of 2015, I’ll traverse Montana.
All 967 public and private schools will be visited. Every one of the 148,500 students will be spoken to directly. The tour will include the biggest communities of Billings, Great Falls, and Missoula to the smallest communities of Shelby, Ryegate, Plevna, and Lima.
Now how cool is that?
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