The theme of the COW program is making the world better than we found it. We attempt to do that by the sharing of our material, intellectual, and spiritual (non-religious) resources to those young people involved in the program. Although we currently have 30 or less participants each year, the impact of the program can be multiplied exponentially if each participant positively impacted 30 others, and if those 30 positively impacted 30 others.
COW exists only through the great generosity of a very small number of supporters and contributors. These supporters have never made any demands except that the young people give their very best effort, and become more accountable for their own fate. They have never asked that their substantial financial investment in these young people be paid back to them. Instead, their wish is that the investment be paid forward to other deserving young people, so that collectively, we make the world better than we found it.
Therefore, beginning with the 2004 COW session, we will be instituting the COW Pay It Forward (PIF) commitment component of the program. Each participant must commit to, and execute a specific plan of service to others upon completion of the COW program. Each participant must secure an adult sponsor who will commit to ensuring that the PIF commitment is executed, documented, and reported to the COW administration. This will become a mandatory component of the program.