With less than three years on the campus of WKU, The $100 Solution™ program sets out to complete its 100th project involving the partnership of students with the local and international community.
The $100 Solution™ offers campus and community members an opportunity to use a small amount of money to make a lasting and sustainable difference. Based on the idea that small changes have a big impact, The $100 Solution™ challenges students to ask the community to identify a problem, and then create a solution using no more than $100.
“We expect to have close to 50 $100 Solution projects this spring,” said Nadia DeLeon, Community Engagement Coordinator for the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships.
During the second week of the spring semester, DeLeon and her service-learning graduate assistants started attending classes in order to train students to develop and implement $100 Solution™ projects as a service-learning tool for courses.
$100 Solution™ projects will take place in 13 classes this spring ranging from cultural diversity and group communication to gender and women’s studies and health administration. “One of the things we learned was that helping other people does not cost a lot of money. It takes passion, motivation, and team work to affect our communities,” a WKU student said in a reflection piece. The $100 Solution™ is based on the five principles of reciprocity, partnership, capacity building, sustainability and reflection.
Students, faculty, staff and community members interested in creating a $100 Solution™ project do not have to attend one of the classes in order to participate. The WKU ALIVE Center is coordinating a Steps to a $100 Solution™ workshop on Feb. 16 that will guide individuals through the process. Anyone interested can come by the WKU Downing University Center between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. It takes at least 30 minutes to go through the eight stations that prepare participants for a project.
The $100 Solution is an international program created by Professor Bernie Strenecky in 2005. To learn more about The $100 Solution™ at WKU or to donate $100 to sponsor a project, contact the ALIVE Center at (270) 782-0082 or visit www.wku.edu/alive.
Contact: Aurelia Spaulding, (270) 782-0082.