|Module Two: HOSA Chapter Management|
|Assignments - Program of Work Guidelines|
The Chapter Advisor should meet with newly elected HOSA Officers to develop a tentative Program-of-Work for the year. At the first chapter meeting, the program should be voted on by the chapter members.
Before you begin, be sure all officers understand the mission of HOSA, and the diversity of chapter activities. The Program of Work should be a balance of activities that include Leadership Development, Career Development, Community Service, Social Development, Workbased Learning Activities, Fundraising, etc.. Then, the following steps should be used in the planning process:
|Step One: Brainstorming|
Don't hold back on any ideas even if they sound silly or irrelevant.
|2.||The more ideas the better; therefore, don't inhibit sharing.|
all ideas on a flip chart so everyone has access to them.
|4.||Take turns sharing ideas to avoid dominance by anyone.|
|5.||Participants may pass if they can't immediately share an idea.|
|6.||Build upon ideas shared by others.|
|7.||No discussion or explanations will be allowed during the brainstorming session. State the idea only.|
|8.||No one is allowed to judge (praise, criticize or ridicule) another's idea.|
|9.||Encourage every person to share at least one idea or more.|
|10.||Conclude the brainstorming session when the time has concluded or when everyone has passed and no additional ideas are forthcoming.|
|Step Two: Once a list of ideas has been produced, members should discuss each idea by closely examining the strengths and shortcomings of each idea. Does the idea support the mission of HOSA?|
|Step Three: The planners should assign priorities or preferences to the alternatives listed. The priorities should be based on those activities having the most significant value to the expressed goals of the chapter or committee. For example, the Social Development Committee might identify ten activities. The committee should select the most preferred activity, the second most preferred activity, the third preferred activity and so forth|
|Step Four: The planners should then develop an outline of what is needed for each activity including the activity goals, a brief description of the activity, and the preferred date to conduct the activity.|
|Step Five: The planners should then work with the chapter advisor to estimate the cost of each activity.|
|Step Six: Members should learn to use the Program-of-Work Programing sheet. This sheet is used to list, on a separate sheet, each activity, the projected date and site, and the breakdown of estimated costs by each item of the activity.|
|Step Seven: Once the officers agree on the tentative plans for the year, they should fill in the yearly Program-of-Work, identifying proposed activities for each month.|
|Step Eight: Once the membership has approved the chapter Program-of-Work, the planning sheet is returned to the appropriate committee. The committee will assign its members the responsibility for various tasks. Members will set up reporting dates and a schedule which shows when the activity will begin and conclude.|
The following project ideas can be used to attain the goals of the chapter in developing the program of work. Students will come up with a lot of ideas, but when they get "bogged down" the following lists will help you get them back on track.
Some of the activities listed are for the purpose of community service and some are for fund raising. Some are combinations of both. Some of the ideas work as class or chapter projects involving all or most of the members and some of them will work so students can do HOSA approved volunteering on an individual basis. The projects are broken down into several areas to help you with your planning. Most of these projects also provide your students with opportunities for "resume building" details.
First and foremost, HOSA supports the HOE
classroom. HOSA activities can support classroom learning through invited
guest speakers, a health fair, and activities related to the HOSA Competitive
Events Program. In addition, the following service activities may be
|1.||Give A Custodian
|Students get together with the
head custodian or head of maintenance and find out what special things
need to be done that they can do. They then make arrangements to do the
tasks. The tasks may be as simple as helping the custodians clean the
cafeteria or setting up for a special event or picking up trash at the
end of the day. Each student can take a classroom and "clean it up."
|2.||Sponsor an Informational
|AIDS awareness, teenage pregnancy,
substance abuse, scholarships, and bike safety are examples of informational
programs. If an issue is ripe in your school and/or community, it is a
topic for which your students can research and sponsor an informational
program. All of these subjects are part of most schools' daily or yearly
dialogue, but when the information happens because the students organize
the assembly or guest speakers or workshops, it will probably be more
successful. Your students could select a subject that they feel should
be addressed and brainstorm what they would like to do. It is incredible
what positive things can happen when the students tackle these issues
themselves. (Remember, students may need to get permission from school
administration to address some issues.)
|3.||Food Bank Raffle
|This is fun and helpful at the
same time. Get some prizes donated and get a roll of tickets. Students,
faculty and staff, instead of buying a raffle ticket, bring in a non-perishable
food item. They get a ticket for each item they bring in. Tickets are
drawn for the various prizes and the local food pantry gets much needed
|4.||Visiting Nursing Homes
|This project is best done over
a period of time to allow the residents and students to get acquainted.
Some nursing home residents have no visitors. Many of them are still quite
lively and have wonderful stories and history to share. They also like
to play games, such as checkers, cards, puzzles, etc.. Just visiting is
many times a treat. Students can become pen pals with the residents, thus
providing some of them with the only mail they may get. They can also
become involved in home activities, such as holiday parties, outings,
etc. Students can learn a great deal about life, relationships, and even
death and compassion, from this kind of community service.
|5.||Adopt an Elementary or Middle
This is a great community service! High school students who have a hard time with reading, writing or math are really smart when they are working with a kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade student. The health-related topics that can be taught are numerous. Some students who lack confidence become the best students when working with a younger student. And nothing is more rewarding than a hug and a smile from their new little friends.
Offer the idea to your students and then
have them contact the nearest school and make arrangements to adopt
the class. Sometimes they may know an elementary or middle school teacher.
The commitment should be spelled out at the beginning for all parties,
i.e., the school period and the day, how often, etc. Elementary teachers
are extremely busy and have their students all day long. If your school
is close enough this project can be done in one class period. The teacher
might have your students do everything from helping with recess to reading
to helping them with their work, or even teaching a class! Great fun
can be had during holidays and planning an end of the year trip or activity
is also fun.
|6.||Adopt a Grandparent
|Because we live in a mobile society,
many of your students may not have a grandparent who lives nearby. Local
senior citizens organizations have many seniors who would love to be involved
in the lives of young people. They are retired, may have been community
leaders, successful business people, artists, or professionals. Bringing
these people into your classroom and school can be a positive experience.
These "grandparents" can be and are effective tutors, mentors, guest speakers,
classroom aids, etc. They were "doers" when they were young and working
and do not see any reason not to be doing so now. The presence of these
"seasoned" citizens in your students' lives can be a positive, two-way
|7.||Habitat for Humanity
|"Habitat for Humanity" is an
organization that builds homes for people who cannot afford their own
home through regular channels. All the work is done by volunteers. Former
President Jimmy Carter participates in this program and has helped build
several homes. What can be more satisfying than helping a family build
their first home. A project such as this requires a wide diversity of
talent so it offers many opportunities for young people to "show their
skills." It's also a great opportunity learn new skills from the many
volunteers from the community.
|8.||Adopt A Highway
|Students could pick up trash
along a section of a local highway. This is a fun activity and a great
way to get publicity!
|9.||Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund/Blood
|Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods,
earthquakes, and fires all wreak havoc on our communities. The one organization
that is always there is the American Red Cross. The Red Cross relies on
donations to help people in need. Running a fund raiser for them is always
satisfying. Chapters could volunteer to sponsor or work at blood drives.
|If you are familiar with this
organization, then you know the emotional rewards that your students will
receive from getting involved. Your special education department or local
sheltered workshop are good contacts.
|11.||"Make A Wish" Foundation
|This is a national and state
foundation that raises funds to provide children with terminal illnesses
a dream wish. They have sent children to Disneyland, to meet their favorite
athlete or celebrity, or just provided a desired "toy." Maybe your students
know of someone in the community and they want to raise money to help
|12.||St. Jude Children's Research
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is
known throughout the world for its clinical and scientific contributions
to the fight against catastrophic childhood diseases. As a result, people
throughout the world come to visit the hospital to learn about its remarkable
history. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.stjude.org/
|13.||National HOSA Week
|National HOSA week presents an opportunity to promote the
HOSA chapter and provide recognition to chapter
members. For more information, visit the HOSA web site at http://www.hosa.org/natorg/sectb/cat-v/hw.doc
Service Fund Raiser ... A-Thons
An ...A-Thon is doing something for an abnormal amount of time and getting people to pay money for you to do it. Dance-a-thon, rock-a-thon, walk-a-thon, skip-a-thon, etc. The average ...A-Thon is 24 hours in length. They are not overly difficult to organize but can become more involved as you add things to the event.
These fund raisers, when used to raise money for a "cause" can be highly successful and fun. The students get a great deal of satisfaction from doing them and they also have the side benefit of generating positive publicity and community awareness. These fund raisers extend beyond the career association and are wonderful opportunities to get other members of the school and/or community involved.
Here are some brief explanations of some
of the most common ones. Although most are done for 24 hours, many will
also do well for 12 hours. At any ...A-Thon you should have plenty of
food, drink, and a medical person. Usually participants get a 5-minute
break each hour and cannot sleep until the A-Thon is over.
|Participants dance for the entire
time. They need a large room, lots of tapes and CDs, sound system and
clock. Pledges are made for each hour they dance. Admission can be charged
for people to dance or watch.
|2.||Run- or Walk-A-Thon
|Participants form relay teams
of 6, 8, 10 or 12 people. They each run/walk a ½ mile or mile at a time,
fitting as many miles as they can into the 12 or 24 hour period. They
get pledges for each mile run/walked. An indoor or outdoor track facility
and clock are needed for this event.
|Participants form relay teams
of 6-12 people. They each swim two or four laps of the pool, swimming
as many laps as they can fit in the 12 or 24 hour period. A pool is needed.
|Get an all-star team of players
and then invite other area teams to play against them for 12 or 24 hours.
Teams pay an entrance fee to play and admission is charged fans. Facilities
needed are: lighted baseball/softball field or basketball court, umpires,
and equipment. It is a great event to televise over local channels. Local
personalities can do a play-by-play.
|Use your imagination to develop your own ...A-Thon. Chess, scrabble, monopoly, cribbage, bingo, karaoke, aerobics, rocking, laying coins end to end, reading, reciting poetry, counting from one to ..., miniature golf, bowling, tennis, ping pong, typing, etc.|
Miscellaneous Community Service or Fundraising Ideas
|||Provide services--sponsor a work
auction, conduct store inventories.
|||Provide home services--clean
windows, mow yards, walk animals, wash animals or cars, rake leaves, shovel
|||Provide holiday services--sponsor
a Haunted House or Carnival on Halloween or sell ghost-o-grams, operate
a gift wrapping station, sell shamrocks or shamrock-o-grams on St. Patrick's
Day, sell flowers, valentines or sweetheart-o-grams on Valentine's Day,
decorate store windows on major holidays, deliver singing telegrams and/or
|||Provide food-related services--prepare
and serve meals at service/civic meetings; sell snacks (popcorn, soda,
cotton candy, etc.) at school and community functions, auction or raffle-off
gourmet dinners or box lunches; run a food booth at a school or community
|||Sell products--button pins, T-shirts,
baked goods, candy, front-yard signs, logo watches, etc. (If selling products,
be confident about your product and/or any companies that you deal with
for the products.)
|||Potpourri--home tours, ugliest
leg contest, pie throwing contest, ad sales, turtle race, hold-ups (placing
community leaders in jail until a "fine" is paid), film festival, dunking
|||Career preparation activities--Career
Fair, company tour, scholarship workshops, post-secondary education tours,
"dress for success" workshops or demonstrations, guest speakers from various
Day Party, hay and sleigh rides, roller skating party, ski trip, parent/grandparent/teacher
appreciation day, alumni party, homecoming party, masquerade dance, talent
show, pizza party.
in school government/council, leadership workshops, state leadership conference,
guest speakers, including alumni graduate "success stories."
|||Civic development activities--visit to city hall, tour of the state legislature, tour of state offices, attendance at city government meeting, voter registration drive, public official guest speaker, Citizen of the Day, attend court session.|
|Program of Work Planning Sheet & Monthly Plan|