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Now that you have a plan, it's time to implement it! You might encounter obstacles along the way. That's normal. Remember, with strength and perseverance you can succeed. Constantly surround yourself with positive influences and connect to helpful resources.

Here's a list of the types of challenges that other youth from around the world have encountered in developing their projects:

  • Lack of previous experience and feelings of intimidation
  • Lack of infrastructure to support operations (facility to meet/work, electricity, internet, telephone, fax)
  • Team dynamics (recruiting, managing and motivating volunteers, structuring the group and decision-making, working virtually, internal politics, building trust)
  • Lack of understanding by others
  • Other issues receiving more attention
  • Bureaucracy, paperwork, registering the organization with the government, etc.
  • Language barriers (ie: translation of communications)

Problem solving
When faced with a problem, it's important to stay focused, committed, enthusiastic and determined! What challenges do you think you may encounter as you implement your project?

Think of three possible solutions.

1. ____________________________________________________
2. ____________________________________________________
3. ____________________________________________________

Here are a few additional tips:

  • UNDERSTAND the problem. You may need to gather information. It will also help to articulate the problem in your own words.
  • BRAINSTORM possible solutions. It is useful to do this in a group. There are many creative ways to come up with possible solutions.
  • CHOOSE the best strategy from your list above and try to solve the problem. You may need to modify your plan depending on how the solution plays itself out.
  • EVALUATE the outcome of the solution you choose. If you have the same or a similar problem in the future would you choose the same solution?

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."
- Albert Einstein