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taking matters in my hands

The Helping Hands

The Helping Hands Incentive Program

T.H.H.I.P.

THHIP is a reward program that encourages young individuals and groups to participate in activities that impact the world positively. THHIP is designed to operate locally, focusing specifically on the problems affecting the local community. Every community is unique depending on its demographic composition and economic status. The first step is to identify and understand the problems affecting the community. The second step is to formulate appropriate THHIP tailored specifically to every level within the education system. For example, K-12 needs encouragement and guidance to participate in IMWI efforts under close supervision of parents, teachers, or community leaders. In return, participants receive incentives to promote and encourage participation in activities that impact the world positively.

Environmental clean-up

 Little hands making big impacts.

Conservation efforts 

Creating a sense of pride through conservation efforts. 

Humanitarian efforts

Fulfillment through youth initiatives

Higher Learning Institutions

Higher Learning Institution students participating in Helping Hands to renovate a building 


At high school and college levels, “impact my world initiative” can be incentivized by awarding educational credits, scholarships/sponsorships, laptops/tablets, and other learning materials. The incentives can inherently help in reshaping the attitude among older students within the higher learning systems. 

“Hard work leads to greater personal achievements; impacting the world is the legacy one leaves behind for many generation to come”. Challenging students at higher levels of education to cultivate this question, “how do I want to impact my world" in their subconscious cognitions, can help craft a binary approach that not only benefits self but also the world around.

Understanding Education

The phrase, “education is key to success” has been a familiar phrase across generations. Traditionally, students have always been conditioned mentally to think of a better future as a sole product of institutional learning. Thus, a better life in future is a function of skills and knowledge acquired through education in school. From generations to generations, education has been used as the ticket to get out of problems in future. This may be true in part as we commonly hear people make statements such as:

  • "I grew up in a rough neighborhood"
  • "I grew up in a poor country"
  • "I grew up in foster homes"
  • "I was raised up in a poor family"

And the list goes on and on. These are great inspirational stories especially if it turns out that an individual becomes successful after completing education and being able to live a better life thereafter. The underlying contrast is that some people have the heart to take initiatives to help address the problems they faced in the past by seeking ways to help address the anomalies. Others seek alternative living choices befitting their economic capabilities such as moving to upscale neighborhoods with benefits such as:

  • Clean and safe environment
  • Organized community
  • Beautiful surroundings, etc.

Isn't this the antithesis of the environment people run away from? We can achieve these by impacting the world around us without having to view them as 'out of reach' benefits only reserved for the learned and rich. THHIP is an objective binary approach that not only encourages students to work hard and achieve certain goals through education, it also reinforces IMWI attitude and encourages students to think of a better future in terms of a healthy planet that supports lives. 


THHIP presents a holistic approach of a better future by incorporating the ‘perceived individualistic benefits’ together with the ‘realistic better future’…….thus, to ensure a realistic better future, the benefits that come with education ought to incorporate all efforts that are beneficial to the planet too. Ultimately, student will not only view education as a panacea for a better future, they will view it as a conduit to rectify what is unfavorable about the environment as well. We can achieve clean and safe environment by impacting the world around us and get the education at the same time. 

THHIP Goals

  • To broaden students’ view of “a better future” 
  • To cultivate spirit of succor in students by encouraging students to think of a better future as a combination of individual achievements and a healthy planet 
  • To discourage dysfunctional social behaviors by incentivizing students participation in activities that promote social good – rewarding impactful behaviors that benefit humans, animals, and environment 
  • To redefine the term “community service” as “helping hands initiatives” because any activity geared towards improving the status of humans, animals, or environment is a humanitarian effort 
  • To stress on the need to streamline education process where home and learning institutions collaborate in educating children  – “school begins at home”.



Redefining "a better future"

Perceived Individualistic Benefits (Traditional Approach):

hard work with education = a better future

Realistic Benefits (THHIP Approach):

hard work + education + healthy planet = Realistic better future


Step I

Educators-Parents/Caregivers collaboration to discuss the impacts of  challenges the community faces and how IMWI can benefit the community 


Step II

Formulating IMWI tailored to the community and participating team. This is also referred to as, "the perfect IMWI that fits the community and participants".



Step III

Organizing specific incentives for participating in IMWI to encourage and motivate students.

Step IV

Rewarding successfully accomplished  IMWI to promote and influence more participants, and to enhance individual empowerment.


Incentives

These are motivational items that encourage participation to help in reshaping young peoples’ attitude towards “impact my world initiatives”. As a way of reinforcing and rewarding good behavior for participation, the school and/or community organizations, reward participants with learning materials, educational credits (for college students), scholarship/sponsorship, or any form of incentive deemed appropriate. 

Reshaping the “impact my world” attitude is the primary goal of THHIP. Rewarding a positive behavior in young people potentially instills a sense of responsibility that can ultimately reshape an individual attitude towards efforts that impact the world positively.


IMWI = Realistic Better Future