Harvard University Operation Business Plan for Animal Therapy Discussion

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Subject of the work: Operation Business Plan for Animal Therapy (this is a Non-Profit Organization)

Details: This is an imaginary organization which means creativity will be required. The paper will eb based on an imaginary project which has the following description

Greenville, NC does not have a nonprofit organization providing animal assisted therapy (outside of a program at the hospital). Our nonprofit would find and manage a network of volunteers with therapy pets who could then be matched with care facilities, hospitals, and seniors in the community to provide animal assisted therapies.”

Keeping in mind this information, your purpose is to create a operational business plan for it.

Examples: The professor provided 2 examples so you can have an idea what exactly you need to write and include (These examples focus on another subject with a totally different role, so neither of those information presented there applies to our organization). Even so, it would be great to take a look and see how you should organize the paper. The following information are of interest:

  • Problem Statement (keep in mind that we are dealing with the area of Greenville,NC)
  • Operational Overview
  • Operational Details (Program coordination, daily operations )
  • Programming details

(This is just an example of the outline retrieved from one of the files I attached. It does not mean that your file has to look like that. It only serves to help you have an idea and a point of start)

Format: The paper can be written in any format, that’s less relevant.Where it is the case , you can include references but make sure that they are up to date and no older than 2015. Even so, you don’t need many references as most of the task is based on creativity. The work should be around 1600 words. There is no maximum amount ,but it should NOT be less than 1600 content (excluding reference/cover page or anything additional)

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EXPEDITION COLLEGE, INC. BUSINESS PLAN EXPEDITION COLLEGE, INC. OPERATIONAL DETAILS Detailed Problem Statement Low-income children caught up in their parents’ economic struggles experience the impact through unmet needs, low-quality schools, and unstable circumstances. There is a clear correlation between students living in poverty and college enrollment and completion. In 2008, the American Council on Education reported that 55.9% of recent low-income high school graduates enrolled in college. By 2013, that number had dropped to 45.5%. The same statistics hold true in New Hanover County. According to 2015 data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics, middle and high income students in New Hanover County graduated from college at a rate 6.67 times higher than low income students. The disparities in college enrollment and graduation by low income students can be attributed to a lack of access to quality, affordable college preparatory programs in areas with high concentrations of poor and low income families. Source: American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates 2009-2010 7 EXPEDITION COLLEGE, INC. BUSINESS PLAN In New Hanover County, poor and low income families are concentrated in the targeted neighborhoods of Creekwood South, Hillcrest, Houston Moore, Rankin Terrace, Solomon Towers, Vesta Village and Woodbridge. New Hanover county public schools that serve the above mentioned neighborhoods are often overcrowded and understaffed. This is especially true for support staff hired to assist students with the college application process. There are over 8,000 students in New Hanover County public high schools, with just twenty school counselors available to serve them. This makes an average caseload for a high school counselor in New Hanover County around 400 youth. It is not possible for those students to get specific, individualized support on their college application journey. Many wealthier families in the county choose to access private college preparatory programs designed to assist children in being successful, marketable applicants for colleges; however, for children and families living in areas with a high concentration of poverty there is little to no access to college preparatory programs that go beyond what is offered during the school day. Expedition College, Inc. would fill the gap in access to those programs. To address the continued achievement and opportunity gap faced by low-income students wishing to attend college, Expedition College, Inc. will provide programming to address topics such as: financial literacy, navigating the college application process, application protocols, academic major opportunities, college culture and norms, etc. Operational Overview Expedition College, Inc. is a mobile college readiness unit providing access to quality programs and services for at-risk teens in New Hanover County by inspiring, developing, and enabling those who wish to attend college. Our vision is that one day all teens living in at-risk New Hanover County neighborhoods will feel educated, empowered, and excited about attending college. Expedition College, Inc. will serve middle and high school aged clients in at risk neighborhoods throughout New Hanover County. These neighborhoods have been identified as at-risk based on the presence of public housing, as well as economic and crime rate factors. Operational Details Administrative oversight for the organization will be divided between the operations and finance director and the assistant director. While the operations and finance director will be responsible for all data collection as it relates to grant compliance (financial aspects), the assistant director will evaluate program outputs and outcomes to 8 EXPEDITION COLLEGE, INC. BUSINESS PLAN measure the organizational success. Both full time employees will complete administrative tasks in the leased admin office. Program Coordination will occur with collaboration between the program director, program assistant, and volunteers. Organization staff will travel on the bus to identified neighborhoods bi-weekly, visiting one neighborhood each day, Monday -Thursday. Staff will park and set up pop-up style events in each neighborhood from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Volunteers will meet the staff at the scheduled neighborhood each day. While on the bus, the program director will be responsible for all data entry related to demographics, student and family information, etc. The program assistant will work with students to complete the “college road skills task.” Volunteers will engage children and families waiting to access the services on the bus in selected “college-going culture” activities. For program staff Fridays will be reserved for advertisement, outreach, and data analysis/reporting. The bus driver/mechanic will use Fridays to complete regular bus maintenance and cleaning. Daily Operations of the program will generally follow these specifications. The executive director and the finance and operations director will work Monday - Friday from 9AM to 5PM at the leased administrative building. The program director will work Monday - Thursday from 10AM - 1PM and Friday from 9AM - 5PM in the administrative building. The program director will work Monday - Thursday from 1-6PM with program staff on the Expedition College bus. The Expedition College programming bus will be parked at the leased administrative building. Monday-Thursday the bus driver/mechanic will arrive at the administrative office by 1:00pm to complete daily maintenance check to include (fueling the bus, checking the oil and tire pressure, and any other quick maintenance needs). The program assistants and volunteers will arrive at 1:30pm for a daily “huddle,” where the program director will provide a brief overview of the day. Huddle topics will generally include: ● Neighborhood snapshots & needs ● Daily roles/responsibilities ● Activity description and review ● Other important daily details After the program huddle, the volunteers will drive personal vehicles to scheduled neighborhood, and program staff will board and travel by the program bus to the neighborhood. Once at the neighborhood site, program staff will set up program laptops and materials for “road skills activity” while volunteers will set up outside “college-culture activity,” snacks, and giveaways. At 3:00pm, or when children and families begin to arrive, program staff will implement daily programming. Staff/volunteers will serve families in the neighborhood from 3:00-6:00 pm. After the last child is served the program staff will board the bus for 9 EXPEDITION COLLEGE, INC. BUSINESS PLAN return to the administrative building and program volunteers will be dismissed. The program director and assistant will close down all electronic equipment used on the bus and collect any documentation to be filed in the building; thereby making end-of-day/week reports available quickly and efficiently for submission by the program director. Programming Details There will be two tiers of programming for Expedition College, Inc. Tier one programming will be designed to cultivate a “college going culture” amongst students and families living in identified at-risk neighborhoods. Tier two programming will be designed to inform, prepare, and assist students and families living in identified neighborhoods with the college application and admissions process. Additionally, Expedition College, Inc. will work to cultivate community partnerships in order to enhance these programs and recruit subject matter experts and volunteers. Tier One: College-Going Culture activities will take place each day outside of the program bus. These activities will be designed to cultivate excitement and interest about college. The activities will target neighborhood students not yet in the college application process (i.e. 610th grade students). General activity topics will include: ● North Carolina community college explorations ● North Carolina University explorations ● Day in the Life: college student edition ● Campus clubs explorations ● Collegiate sports exploration ● Greek life explorations ● Career interest activities & experiences Tier Two: College Road Skills activities will take place on the program bus. These activities will target students in the college application process “window” (i.e. high school juniors and seniors). General activity topics will include: ● College application process, requirements, and assistance ● Financial literacy/ education in college affordability ● Career interest activities ● College major explorations ● Study skills and academic success ● What to expect: student life & extracurriculars ● What to expect: living in the residence halls ● What to expect: school, work, social life balance 10 EXPEDITION COLLEGE, INC. BUSINESS PLAN In addition to the above mentioned tier one and two programs, Expedition College, Inc. will offer college campus field trip experiences for students consistently involved in programming. 11 Operations and Programs Operating Needs NHFP requires minimal office space for two full-time employees and one part-time employee. The office space that has been identified is located in Kinston, NC, and is in proximity to potential partners. Equipment that will be required includes telephones, computers, printer, chairs, desks, internet and other various office supplies. Maintaining accurate financial data is an important part of ensuring NHFP functions properly and accomplishing financial stability. Accurate data collection and reporting is needed both to inform lead staff and the Board on how the organization is performing and to comply with accepted accounting and financial planning practices. Programs NHFP operates on the belief that farmworkers are the most effective advocates in challenging the agricultural, labor, and immigration system that limit their access to opportunities. Our programs and services are centered on addressing farmworkers unique needs and challenges while increasing awareness about the injustices behind the industrial agricultural system. NHFP’s approach includes direct service and advocacy efforts. This mirrors the popular education approach to engage and empower farmworker youth (“Popular Education”, n.d.) Planting Futures – Program Description NHFP takes an extra step in ending child labor and reducing youth labor through the Planting Futures program. This program provides an alternative way earn income while encouraging farmworker youth to maintain a commitment to their education. Farmworker youth are placed in paid-internships during the peak of the harvest season with local nonprofits, organizations, and businesses. Through these placements, farmworker youth obtain valuable experience necessary to pursue careers outside the dangers of manual labor in agriculture. These placements also ensure that farmworker youth will be in safe and humane working conditions and earn fair compensation. To be eligible for an internship, farmworker youth must meet the following criteria: 1. Must be between the ages 12 and 18. 2. Candidates must be enrolled in a public school in Lenoir County. a. Candidates who have dropped out of school may be accepted if they commit to returning to school. b. Candidates who are expelled from school must make a commitment to return to some form of education (another school, or an alternative education program). 8 c. Candidates who have recently graduated from high school must have a commitment to enrolling in a future post-secondary educational institute (2 or 4-year college/university institution, technical, or vocational school). 3. Candidates must clearly state that they are committed to participating, and they must demonstrate their sincere desire to participate for two months during their summer break. 4. Parents or guardians of candidates under the age of 18 years old must demonstrate support and be willing to participate when necessary. 5. Candidates must have a farmworker background. A farmworker background can be established by working in the fields or having a parent or sibling working in the fields. A farmworker background is determined on a case by case basis. Due to age restriction farmworker youth, between the ages 12 and 14 will be placed in a paid position within an organization providing outreach services to the farmworker community. In Lenoir County, these organizations include Kinston Community Health Center, Lenoir County Migrant Education Program, and NC FIELD. This work will open their eyes to opportunities beyond the fields. Youth participants in these positions will then be encouraged to apply for the higher skilled positions that NHFP has available the following summers. Farmworker youth between the ages 15 and 18 will be placed in a higher skilled paid internship position within an organization or business in Lenoir County. All interns will receive a $2,000 scholarship for educational purposes at the completion of the internship. After the mid-evaluations, students will receive one $1,000 educational scholarship and then another $1,000 educational scholarship after their final evaluation at the close of their internship. Planting Futures – Program Operations In order to provide farmworker youth with paid internships, NHFP will build partnerships in the community with nonprofits, service providers, and businesses to set up internship opportunities. The Board and Executive Director will identify potential partners in the community. After potential partners are selected and approved by the Executive Director and staff, the Program Coordinator will set up meetings with key personnel. NHFP’s goals from these meetings are to increase community presence, advocate for farmworker youth opportunities, and establish new partnerships. In the initial year, partnering organizations will not be required to pay a sponsorship fee. As the program increases in popularity and success, in efforts to become more sustainable, partnering organizations will provide a financial contribution will be requested to make a donation on a yearly basis. Partnering organizations and businesses will agree to the terms and conditions established in memorandum of understanding provided by NHFP to be eligible to host an intern for the summer (See Appendix A). This MOU ensures that partnering organization and businesses will provide fair and safe conditions along with learning opportunities for the intern. Throughout the year the Board and Program Coordinator will network with school counselors, church leaders, and other organizations about internships. Farmworker youth are able 9 to apply for an internship in the spring preceding their intended summer of work Lenoir County youth will not be required to pay an application fee. The yearly application deadline will be March 1. Applicants will be requested to complete an aptitude test in order to appropriately place them. As the program increases popularity and success, interns will be encouraged to participate to participate in fundraiser activities with NHFP staff and interns. All internships are intended to last throughout the summer. Internship start and end dates will be negotiable between the NHFP, placement organization, and the intern. Half-way through the internship, the Program Coordinator will conduct an on-site visit and evaluation. During this on-site visit, the Program Coordinator will meet with the intern and their supervisor to discuss performance, address concerns, and establish goals for the remainder of their internship. The Program Coordinator, internship supervisor and intern will conduct a final evaluation at the conclusion of the internship. During this evaluation, the internship supervisor will be able to provide feedback on the intern’s performance. The intern will also have an opportunity to provide input on the organization or business's partnership. The feedback from evaluations will be reported back to NHFP's Program Coordinator to use for program evaluation purposes. The results of all evaluations will be compiled and shared with the Board for program success. 10 Cultivating Change – Program Description Farmworkers play a vital role in our day-to-day life by harvesting the fruits and vegetables we purchase at the store and eat every day. Yet they continue to be underrepresented, marginalized, and overlooked. Cultivating Change seeks to increase social consciousness, mobilize farmworkers and the community to advocate for change, and influence policy that will provide better protections for farmworkers. The Majority of program activities will be conducted by a part-time Advocacy Coordinator, interns, and volunteers. Our Executive Director will engage in advocacy efforts as he or she sees fit. A part of the Board’s responsibilities will be to advocate and speak on behalf of NHFP. Board members will also participate in advocacy efforts and activities throughout the year. Cultivating Change – Program Operations We will engage in indirect advocacy efforts raise awareness, influence public policy, and create change so farmworkers can become essential members of society. We are aware that creating systemic change cannot be done through direct service alone. Through advocacy we are able to expand our impact and advocate for better farmworker rights and protection. These efforts include but are not limited to social media campaigns, crowdfunding and peer-to-peer fundraising, attending coalition meetings, participating in social justice movement activities, and collaborating with media outlets. Social media is a simple, cost-effective strategy to engage potential and active supporters to the cause. Social media posts enable us to accomplish our goal of creating an emotional connection through effective storytelling move from awareness to engagement. We believe that effective and active supporters are those connected to our mission and vision. Crowdfunding and peer-to-peer fundraising establish community supports. In addition to increasing revenue it is also an effective way to utilize storytelling strategies to increase the organization’s presence in the community. Attending coalitions and participating in social justice movement activities are other ways that we will increase our impact. Establishing coalitions is an effective technique for disempowered parties to advocate for a shared cause or interest. We acknowledge that networking with other nonprofit organization will be beneficial to the success of NHFP. 12 Development Program To emphasize the importance of and further develop job and life skills in our program participants, interns will have the opportunity to participate in wellness and life guidance sessions as well as a mentorship program through our organization. NHFP will request donated time from experts in the fields of physical and mental wellness to speak to and instruct our interns. These sessions will be conducted during the school year to keep our participants engaged and encourage focus on their future throughout the year. NHFP will also work to conduct the 4 What’s Next program with willing participants to help educate them on the importance of mental health with the goal to develop skills and knowledge to improve. 4 What’s Next Sponsored by the Jordan Porco foundation, the 4 What’s Next program “…helps Teens & Young Adults strengthen mental health, emotional health & suicide awareness through primary prevention programs.” This program provides various themed lessons that will provide participants to learn the importance of mental wellness and create a safe space for them to share. Our goal is to establish relationships with and among the students while creating a safe space for comforting and sharing. Many of our interns will be coming from unstable backgrounds and may have experienced mental or emotional trauma in recent years. By providing this outlet we are letting our interns know that they are not alone and hopefully working to help them through any hardships they have experienced or are currently working through. Expert Sessions Experts will be invited to spend time with our interns and advise them in various areas to prepare them for life after high school. We will aim to bring in local experts to minimize the cost, with the goal of donated time. NHFP will request donated time from experts in the fields of: ➢ Resume/Job Search ➢ College Search/Application ➢ College Transition ➢ Physical Wellness o Exercise o Nutrition ➢ Personal Finance 14 Mentorship To encourage community development among our participants we plan to implement a Mentorship Program for those involved in our Planting Futures program. After one year of interning we will invite high performers to mentor incoming interns for their second year with NHFP. ➢ Mentors will be assigned mentees from the incoming group and will begin their interaction beginning in April of the mentees’ first year. ➢ Mentors will provide advice and guidance on their internship positions. ➢ Mentors and mentees will be encouraged to speak once a week, and to continue contact after their summer internships are completed. These mentor-mentee relationships are intended to create a community among our participants in which they can support one another through our programs and in the future. By creating this community NHFP full time will be able to monitor mentor relationships but will not be required to provide as much hands-on support to program participants. We are also intending to create a lifelong community of support to provide a lifelong increase in quality of living for our participants. 15
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Operation Business Plan for Animal Therapy by ActionNow
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OPERATION BUSINESS PLAN

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About ActionNow
ActionNow is a non-profit organization based in Greenville, South Carolina. The
organization was established in 2019 to address the challenge of the Opioid epidemic within
Greenville. Being a young foundation with clear objectives and goals, ActionNow has drawn
various public organizations and the government. The main source of funding for this
organization is the general public that appreciates the organization's initiative. Other sources
include the state and the local government and other private organizations. It recruits volunteers
based on various qualifications and expectations. In most cases, the organization would choose
vibrant volunteers, some of whom have recovered from addiction. The recovered individuals
are given priorities because they have first-hand information about Opioids.
Mission of ActionNow
The organization wants to creatively reduce the Opioid-related addiction cases and the resultant
death cases within and beyond Greenville by using the Animal Therapy technique.
Vision
The organization looks forward to having an addiction-free society where people will live
freely. The parents will not be worried about the environments where they are raising their
children.
Detailed Problem Statement
The number of South Carolina residents that struggle with addiction shows an upward
trend with e every passing year. CDC report (2018) revealed that Opioid overdose cases in
South Carolina had grown significantly since the 1990s. The current figures put this region as
a hotspot for drug addiction. CDC further reveals that 2017 alone recorded approximately
47000 cases of death that resulted from Opioid overdose in the United States. Therefore, the

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figures were slightly higher than other common killers such as fire-arm homicides and car
accidents. The drugs that resulted in most of these deaths are the black-market fentanyl and
heroin (CDC, 2018). Other leading killer drugs include methamphetamine, cocaine, oxycontin,
and alcohol.
The statistics show that Opioid has continued to cause havoc to South Carolina residents
and their loved ones. While other regions are recording a downwa...


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