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Idea Development

You have three options related to coming up with your idea

  1. Choose one of the six issue areas that we will help you build off of to come up with your project idea. View the 5 areas below.
  2. Integrate an already established service project at your school into The Big Return.
  3. Launch your own unique project idea. Click here for a helpful video.

Project Areas

The Challenge: Hundreds of thousands of animals are abused and neglected across the US. They've been dumped on highways, remote country roads and abandoned in public parks, empty houses and dark alleys. They are often times rescued, but are in danger of being put to sleep because no one adopts them.



The Challenge: 275,000 kids visit the St. Louis Children’s hospital each year with various illnesses. One of the issues that the hospital deals with is children with cancer. Each year 13,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer in the US. Many of them require chemotherapy which leaves them nauseous and with sores in their mouths.



The Challenge: 1.5 million children die every year due to unsafe drinking water. That's one child every 8 seconds. The amount of oil used annually to produce single-use water bottles is enough to fuel 1.5 million cars for a year. 80% of those bottles end up in landfills (38 billion) where they take 1,000 years to decompose into toxins. The carbon footprint for this almost incomprehensible. Learn more about this issue here.



The Challenge: The National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that the recession will force 1.5 million more people into homelessness over the next two years. Even more alarming it is reported that 1 in every 50 kids in America is homeless or has been homeless.



The Challenge: Across the country, service men and women from all branches of the military have been called away from home to active duty in difficult and oftentimes dangerous situations. Many of these men and women have left families behind who have special support needs, others return home and struggle to find purpose without the structure, mission and camaraderie of a miltary unit.