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Tips & Advice

The Big Bang Theory of Brainstorming Service Project Ideas

Adolescents and young adults around the world, your community needs your creativity to develop projects and trust me, it’ll be very appreciated! Below I have listed two pointers, along with some inspiration drawn from The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper, on creative brainstorming in order to help you create a service project of your own.

“Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock”: Research and Elimination

First thing, research the service projects around your community or at your school. Document or list the groups that hold each event, when the project is and type of activity they do.  In the Big Bang Theory, Sheldon plays Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock to limit the number of similar outcomes between two familiar players. With that said, make sure to note any multiples of certain types of activities. You can find this information by referencing your school’s activity calendar.  Most schools have an abundance of programs that hold events so it is easier to work with that schedule than against it. Take notice of repeating service projects in the year because you’ll probably want to bring a unique project to the table. Now, you should have a general idea of what kind of projects are being offered so that you can introduce your new idea.

*In case you wanted to play Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock here are the rules:
“Scissors cut paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitate lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock and as it’s always been, rock crushes scissors.”

Three Person Chess: Add Perspective

After your research, you may realize certain opportunities that may not be offered in your area. Once you have penciled down a couple of “out of the box” ideas, manipulate them ever so slightly to get as many people (other student groups, charity organizations, parents and friends) involved as possible in each. When Sheldon added another person to his game of chess he was able to expand on the game with new pieces such as the “serpent and the old woman”. As silly as three person chess may sound, it is different and that will harness attention –it certainly got mine. Teaming up with peers will open up more opportunities for you. For example, if most student groups at your school focus on baked good sales for donations then work with the art club to create your own school themed decals for smartphones and laptops to benefit your cause. Allowing more students to be involved in a good cause is a win-win for everyone. Just like yelling, “checkmate” with the old woman chess piece in three person chess.

Take a look at your ideas and narrow them down to a top two. Discuss with your friends a media plan for each idea and consider whom you will be marketing the event to. If you have a budget, list out the most important logistics of each event and calculate which event will allow the most direct donations or volunteer opportunities. If you don’t have a budget, look into funding by attending a student government meeting to get some tips on fundraising. Last but not least, get an advisor or a trusted adult who can help with paper work and be a resource to helping your group succeed.

Never be scared to share your ideas and surround yourself with peers who will support you. If you need help developing an idea please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .