National Great Debate: Keep the competitiveness of the Great Debate intact, but integrate community social entrepreneurism as a theme into the various categories of debate, i.e., cross examination, mock trial, extemporaneous speaking, and oratory. Under this format, no substantial changes would be made for 2010 except the debate focus. Students could receive various published documents on social entrepreneurism to familiarize them with different concepts and terms. A written introduction that underscores social entrepreneurism could also be integrated into the briefing documents received by students along with topics that would officially be argued during the competition.
LDZ: The Summit: The six LDZ delegations at Celebración would become “NHI societies” seeking to study, research, and select the more relevant community needs of the future for which community social entrepreneurs would are needed. In conducting these studies, these delegations would spend considerable time pinpointing particular community needs, weighing their attendant conditions, discussing the consequences of non engagement, and determining the benefits that could be realized as a result of intervention. The first set of goals in this process would be for the individual delegations of participants to identify critical community needs requiring attention and then developing proposals either as individuals or small groups to an independent “jury” of adults with social entrepreneurial backgrounds. The jury members would first make an assessment of the individual presentations for purposes of allowing the presenters’ time to make improvements on their respective submissions by collaborating with team members. On the second submission, only the top three proposals within each delegation would be allowed to move forward to the finals. In selecting the finalists, however, jury members and individual delegates would be allowed to cast their votes, including the proposal authors. Final determinations would be made before the delegation of participants by the SOS. Once final selections have been determined among the delegations, time would be set aside for team collaborations and final preparation. A similar review process would be conducted before a jury of social entrepreneurs. Final voting to determine the top three selections would be made by the jury members and LDZ participants in accordance to a pre-established voting process.
CWS: Legacy Project: The main focus of the CWS: Legacy Project is to involve participants in a strategy study that allows senior high school members of NHI to remain engaged while in college in the study of social entrepreneurism in Latino community life. Cohorts of 10-15 per group would be challenged to outline and propose study programs aimed at establishing an ongoing learning process for NHI youth in social entrepreneurism while in undergraduate studies. The study program would have to include elements of summer internships, field studies in Latino entrepreneurial work, online activities, and discussion groups around the dynamics and challenges of social entrepreneurship in Latino community life. Similar to the LDZ program, proposals would be presented before a jury of individuals selected by NHI to hear student proposals. At least two of these jury members would be CLN representatives. A preliminary step would also be included that allows presenting groups to make improvements prior to final review. To increase the volume of submissions, individual cohorts could submit as many as three proposals. Depending on the number of participating groups, only the top 10 would be selected for final workup. Afterwards a voting process determines the top three selections with the top selection announced at the awards dinner.
Collegiate Leadership Network: The purpose of the CLN is to “provide legs” to ideas submitted by groups of participants as social entrepreneurial projects that the National Hispanic Institute could consider as proposals having the potential for adoption. NHI would serve as a launching site that would test the viability of these proposals as “live community ventures.” During the CLN, participants would be divided into different cohorts and given time to construct ideas that would in turn be presented to a panel of social entrepreneurial experts. Guidelines in proposal construction would be distributed to the participants to help develop consistency in the submissions. An elimination process would be used to consider proposal submissions with the intent of providing participants with ample time to first strengthen their individual submissions prior to final selections. A secret ballot voting process would determine the winner along with a check to help the project get off the ground. An important requirement in the proposal submissions would the inclusion of a well constructed business plan that provides the proposed project with the financial means of eventually reaching self sufficiency. The project chosen would be officially announced during the awards segment of Celebración