Expectations for all Participants
1. Community Service: Individuals must have a genuine passion for becoming more engaged in serving our community and making the world a better place. This program is not just about taking an interesting trip or fulfilling resume requirements for college applications.
2. Service Documentation: Each student is held accountable for completing a specified number of hours of local community service or random acts of kindness before the international trips. Every month students are required to record their community service hours online through a Compassionate Leader Program portal.
• India, Morocco and Philippines students are required 100 hours
• Mexico and Mississippi students are required 60 hours
3. Contemplative Practices: To help individuals in becoming more effective in their service projects and leadership roles, secular contemplative practices are taught on a weekly basis. To gain the greatest benefit from these practices all participants are strongly encouraged to practice these methods individually on a weekly basis either through the support of guided instructions in our audio library or through developing their own personal practice.
4. Weekly Meetings: The Compassionate Leaders Program meets on a weekly basis on Tuesdays at 6pm from October to June. These meetings are essential for accomplishing the service and fundraising goals and all participants must:
• Be able to attend all of the meetings
• Inform the group leaders if there are any scheduling conflicts. If a participant has more than 2 unexcused absences from the weekly meetings they may be asked to leave the program.
• Share ideas and follow through on assigned tasks
• Communicate any problems with the group and/or group leaders
• Be courteous and respectful to all members of the group
• Maintain confidentiality and respect the privacy of others
5. Fundraising: All participants are required to fundraise for their international service projects in the following way:
• India, Philippines and Morocco Students are required to fundraise a minimum of $1,000 before January 10th and another $1,500 before March 15th.
• Mexico and Mississippi students are required to fundraise a minimum of $750 before January 10th and another $950 before March 15th.
• All students are required to participate in organizing, setting-up, and breaking down at community fundraising events.
• All students are required to acquire in-kind donations for the international service projects.
• All students are required to thank personal donors and participant in the end of year community presentation.
In the case of dismissal or resignation from the program Flourish reserves the right to keep all donations from individuals or business, except for donations made by the program participant and by parent/guardian. All personal refunds must be requested in writing no later than May 1st.
6. Participant Led Evaluations: During the months of January and May students are required to self-evaluate their progress in the program and reflect upon areas for improvement. In addition to each participant, one parent may attend each evaluation meeting with the Program Leaders.
7. International/Domestic Service Projects: At the beginning of the school year, Flourish will provide information regarding the destination and criterion for participating in service projects outside the Wood River Valley. By March 15th the CLP Program Coordinator and CLP Leaders will assign students to a service project destination. These assignments will be based on attendance at weekly meetings and workshops, local community service hours, and fundraising. If a student does not meet the aforementioned criterion they may be deemed ineligible for participating in the end of year service projects.
8. Service Project Cost: All international transportation, in-country transport, medical kit, accommodations, food, water, major medical and travel insurance, and chaperone support fees will be covered by fundraising. Individuals will incur the cost of all travel documentation (e.g. passport, visa) and any recommended vaccinations. In addition participants are responsible for the costs of souvenirs, toiletries, laundry, and extra food and beverages.
9. Program Retainer Fee: Three weeks after a participant’s admittance to the program a non-refundable $300 fee is required to hold the participant’s space in the program. This fee is not tax exempt. If this commitment is not made the participant will be dropped from the program. Upon request, Flourish may grant need-based scholarships for this fee. All retainer fees will be applied toward the cost of implementing the CLP program.
10. Photo & Media Release: Flourish Foundation may use photographs/video of participants in the program for educational and publicity purposes.