MEPI Projects and Mercy Corps
Over the course of four weeks, each MEPI student goes through a process of individually applying the skills and tools of a basic needs assessment, to better analyze a local challenge within their home community. The Action Plan is the culmination of this critical thinking process, which enables students to identify the causes of a problem, relationship dynamics within and between community groups, and the services and needs being met by different organizations. The steps in the plan engage students to create clear goals and measurements of success, and help them understand the dynamic nature of action planning and how to adjust as they move through the process.
Check out this Action Plan presentation from Anan Maalouf, MEPI alumnus 2015
PSU-Mercy Corps Partnership
Portland State University partners with Mercy Corps (MC), a global humanitarian organization based in Portland, Oregon. Twice a week, MEPI students travel to the Mercy Corps Action Center to receive training on action project design. Students participate in live video conferences, join online discussions, and build connections to youth leaders in their home region. After students have returned to their home countries, program faculty and staff continue to provide support as students work to implement their action plans, utilizing video conference for group discussions and problem solving sessions. Students continue to have access to a global network of youth leaders through Mercy Corps.
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