There are different types of Projects in the Educational Program. Some are just “normal” club projects, while others can feature several specific attributes, such as doing work outside the club, doing research, actually leading people that are non members, etc. These characteristics are indicated with the following icons: (note that a single project may feature one or more of them simultaneously)
Most projects involve preparing and presenting a speech in your club, according to specific goals. To help you prepare your speech, you can use our educational manuals and resources and you can ask advice from your mentor. After delivering the speech, you will receive detailed evaluation and feedback that will help you improve as a speaker
Speech Analysis Project
Some projects require analyzing a famous speech from a particular viewpoint, and presenting your analysis to the club. By doing this, you and your fellow club members are exposed to a variety of world-class speeches that can provide role models or inspiration.
As you move to more advanced projects, especially those in the specialized paths, you will find more and more challenging situations, all of them geared to making you a brilliant communicator and a confident leader:
A research project requires not only to prepare and deliver a speech, but also to do some research before and after it. For example, for a Job Interview you would not only have to prepare the job interview itself, but research the company and position you’re going to apply for. For a persuasive speech, you would have to know beforehand where your audience stands, to see if they need to be persuaded in the first place.
In measured projects, you will get not only general feedback from your evaluator, but also a numerical measure of how effective your project was. There’s no “pass mark” or “fail mark”, nor there is any threshold to surpass (other than the one you might set for yourself), but the measure is there to help align your own opinion on how the project went with the reality. Different projects use different metrics.
Real World Project
As time goes by and you participate more and more in your club, you will get used and comfortable to speak in front of your fellow members. Although this is a very welcome development in terms of socializing, it’s not so good when it comes to learning or challenging you. In the advanced paths of the Educational Program, you will find a lot of “Real World” projects. Real world projects require that you leave the comfort zone of your club and deliver speeches or lead people outside of the club environment. Whether it is delivering a sand-up at a comedy club, taking a part in an improv theatre or leading a campaign for a non-profit, these projects will make you fly away from the nest into the real world and expose you to a variety of challenging situations.
All these projects are designed with the goal to motivate and challenge you, and to expose you gradually to the “real world”, where things are not as controlled and predictable as in the comfort of your club.
Improving the world
The final and most challenging (and gratifying) projects of the Educational Program, especially in terms of leadership skills, will not only be a great learning experience for you, but will actually have a positive impact on the lives of real people outside Agora. In “Improving the World”, you will be leading nonprofit or charity campaigns, raising funds, organizing events and in general, learning that even one person - you - can help make the world a better place..