Community Project
Grade 8, Year 3
We are pleased to offer all 8th grade students an opportunity to participate in the International Baccalaureate Middle Year Programme (IB MYP) Community Project. This year, students may volunteer to complete this project.

The goal of the project is to:
  • give students a chance to explore conditions, circumstances, and issues that may negatively affect their community.
  • define a goal to address a need within their community.
  • identify the global context.
  • develop a proposal for action.
  • implement the action plan.
  • share the process and outcomes.

The community project:
  • focuses on community and service.
  • encourages students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community.
  • gives students an opportunity to develop an awareness of need within their communities and address them through service.
  • requires students to engage in an in-depth investigation that culminates into service as action within the community.

Project topics are selected in consultation with the Community Service Advisor who is charged with ensuring that the development of the project is in accordance with the Assessment Criteria which is based on International Baccalaureate Organization guidelines.

Project Journal
All participants are required to keep a process journal for your community project. The journal should contain all information that pertains to your project. It should include initial ideas, drafts, and brainstorming concepts. All of the notes that allows for reflection of ideas, accomplishments, and obstacles should also be contained within the journal.

The process journal belongs to you and can be formatted in any way that you choose, under the provision that it can be accessed and read by your project advisor. Meetings will be held with your advisor in which the journals will be reviewed. They should be a reflection of critical and creative thinking.

Things to Remember about your journal….
  • it is not used on a daily basis (unless this if helpful to the student).
  • it is not written up after the process has been completed.
  • is not additional work; it is part of and supports the project.
  • is not a diary with detailed writing about what was done.
  • is not a static document with only one format
(Information adapted from “Projects Guide: IB/MYP September 14, 2014 and ManageBac)

The four stages of the project are:
  1. Investigation
  2. Planning/ Research
  3. Taking Action/ Getting Involved
  4. Reflection/ Demonstration

The Investigation
Requires you to:
  1. Define a goal to address a need in the community based on your person interests.
  2. Identify the global context for your community project.
  3. Develop a proposal for action for your community project.

A goal that addresses the NEED of a COMMUNITY could:
  • raise awareness
  • to participate actively
  • to research in order to inform others
  • to create/innovate
  • to change behaviors
  • to advocate
A need may be viewed as a circumstance or a situation where something is required or wanted; a duty or obligation; or a lack of something basic, desirable, or useful.

A community may be local, national, virtual, or global. The definition of MYP Key Concept community is:
Communities are groups that exist in proximity defined by space, time, or relationship. Communities include, for example, groups of people sharing particular characteristics, beliefs or values as well as groups of interdependent organisms living together in a specific habitat.
MYP: From principles into practice (May, 2014)

Planning for Action
  • Students may work individually or in a small group of no more than three.
  • Plan implementation is considered the action.
  • Students may engage in a variety of action such as:

  • Direct Service: Action that is associated with providing services to people, animals or something that positively affects the environment.
  • Indirect Service: Actions that will benefit a community or the environment.
  • Advocacy: to encourage action on issue of public interest or speak out for the betterment of an environmental situation or group of people.
  • Research: data collection from a number of sources; analysis of the data and documentation of information that might influence policy or practice.

Proposal: is a detailed PLAN for achieving your community service project.
  • may be submitted in the form of a graph, table, flow-chart, timeline, or narrative form.
  • should include the creation of your Approach to Learning Skills *maybe put at end
  • consider the Global Context in which the proposal may be viewed.
  • include prospective or predictable areas where you will employ specific Approaches to Learning.
  • your project should be linked to one of the MYP Global Contexts.

Taking Action
The plan for action is implemented. It is important to adhere to the proposal submitted to your advisor. Adjustments and alterations may be considered, if your plan is not working as envisioned. Please confer with your advisor, before implementing any changes. Please remember to document all components of your process in your journal.

Presentation of Community Project
  • final step in the community project is an oral presentation to an audience.
  • it is presented at the end of your community project.