Refer to the Real World Team Roles and Responsibilities to outline the main responsibilities of each committee. It is helpful to consider the special interests and talents of each role. Making the best match (roles to tasks) will make the coordination efforts more enjoyable.
Download: RW Team Roles and Responsibilities
Electing an Overall Chair would be helpful if the projected number of youths exceeds 100. Also if the three coordinating organizations live in different communities having an Overall Chair will help facilitate communication and have a central location for information. It is recommended that the Overall Chair and committee coordinators sign up for email notifications.
Determining your target age group will largely depend on the age youths you are serving.
Youths of this age may include a combination of youths from Junior High and early High school years. They will benefit most from the focus on career choices and will enjoy the "game" aspect of the Real World. For the most part, this age group believes the "real world" is far off and will only apply learning to what is applicable today. Any connection to career choices and doing well in school to achieve a better adult job is primary. They may enjoy learning from older youths.
Coordinating this event for ages 13-15 is much easier when dividing the roles between three main organizations. Here are some suggestions
Youths of this age benefit from multiple aspects of the Real World. They are on the threshold of graduating from high school and are considering plans for career and education. They also are of working age so are able to make money and as a result are making fiscal decisions. The game aspect of Real World is exciting to them as they are starting to understand the value of money but since they do not yet need to consider paying for daily needs (i.e., housing), youths use the Real World as an opportunity to create dreams and goals.
Coordinating this event for ages 16-18 is much easier when dividing the roles between three main organizations. Here are some suggestions
Youths of this age are living aspects of the real world. Most have a job or have worked, some will be in college, some are sharing living expenses and some are parenting. The Real World event allows this group to experiment with a variety of decisions around education, career, and establishing wants and needs. The Real World Event is a "real" learning experience with direct application.
Coordinating this event for ages 18-21 is much easier when dividing the roles between three main organizations. Here are some suggestions
All three committee coordinators will need to become familiar with the Planning Update. Each committee will be responsible for updating this document for each meeting and reporting the details to the other committees. Please note: The RW Planning Update has a date in the footer that automatically updates. As information is saved, members can add the specific date in the document name so the committee will know which document is most current.
Download: RW Planning Update