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The $100 Solution™

The $100 Solution™ utilizes course learning objectives combined with the five principles of service-learning to answer a central question for students: with this $100 bill, what can I do to enhance quality of life for others?

It teaches students to ask what they can do rather than self-determining needs of others, and it demonstrates that many social problems exist that can be solved with small amounts of money, or rather, by even thinking beyond monetary solutions to make a difference in their community.


Five Principles

Reciprocity: The service-learners and the community both benefit from the project.

Partnership: The service-learners and the community participate in determining the needs and assets, planning and implementing solutions, and evaluating efforts.

Capacity Building: The knowledge and abilities of individuals and organizations are strengthened towards self-sufficiency.

Sustainability: Focus on long-term solutions that can be continued taking into consideration future needs and resources.

Reflection: Continued oral or written reflection is used as a tool for awareness, deeper understanding, analysis, and interpretation in order to transform experiences into meaningful learning.


Sign up for a $100 Solution™ Project!

If you are interested in completing your own $100 Solution™ project, there are three steps to follow.

• Learn how to implement The $100 Solution™ by signing up for a $100 Solution™ course at WKU or by attending a workshop. To find out about workshop dates and times or schedule one for your group, contact a CCSJ staff member at 270-745-3218.

• Partner with a community organization to Identify a challenge or need and fill out application form for project funding.  

• Send the application form to thds@wku.edu. Your application will be reviewed, and you will be notified within one week regarding project approval. 






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 Last Modified 12/5/18