Think of your Torchbearer service project as the best opportunity to show what you have learned thus far as a Lion’s Heart Member. It will show that you continue to go above and beyond in serving your community and Think of Others Before Yourself. Not every Lion’s Heart member will earn the Torchbearer Award. This project will require you to utilize critical thinking, planning, and leadership skills in order to achieve your outcomes for a lasting impact. You will want to share your stories with others, so make it a worthy project!

Some people may suggest how big your project should be, or how many hours should be spent on it, but that is entirely up to you. Service, Leadership, and Impact are the objectives and measurements. Use these as your criteria to consider, select, develop, and evaluate your project.

First, the project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, and Lion’s Heart staff. Your project must present an opportunity for planning, development, and leadership. It doesn’t have to be original, but it could be! There are plenty of project ideas online that you can draw inspiration from. It might be a construction, conservation, or remodeling project, or it could be an event with a worthwhile purpose and lasting impact.

For example, if an animal shelter is chosen and the shelter provides a set of instructions to be implemented with no further planning, such as walking dogs on a Sunday, the planning effort would not meet the test. You may need to meet with staff from the animal shelter and work out an approach that requires planning, development, and leadership. This might involve developing and carrying out or coordinating multiple events.

You’ll first want to meet with the organization of your choice to discuss what their need is and you will need to have a staff member (preferably the person you will be working directly with) look over the proposal and sign for the organization. Have conversations with your Lion’s Heart staff, your teachers, coaches, or the leaders of various community organizations who can help you come up with a few ideas. Just be sure that your project presents a challenge that requires leadership, but also something that you can do on your own or with unskilled helpers, and within a reasonable period of time.
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    Graduation Year
    Group (put NA if not applicable)
  • Organization you plan to serve:
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    Role with Organization
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    *Breakdown your project into phases. Phase 1, for example, could be to complete your final project plan. Other phases might include gathering materials/supplies, volunteer recruitment, preparation, execution, and reporting. You may have as many phases as you want, but it doesn’t need to be overly complicated.
  • *Please upload a scan of your Proposal document or a typed out document WITH SIGNATURES from yourself and a staff member from the organization that you will be serving with this project.

    You will receive a Project Approval email with a copy of this document that has a signature from Lion's Heart staff, or a revision email asking for any necessary changes for your proposal to be approved for the Torchbearer process.