Morgan and Petty, our juniors, sat down with some questions to reflect on their experience with MAPS this year. Both girls were instrumental in the business end of what we do at MAPS: they did a lot of work promoting our fundraisers and spearheading the organizational aspects of our baking.
What kind of person would you recommend this site to for next year?
The best person for this site is someone who is willing to dedicate a lot of time in this program. Currently, we do a lot of our work outside the regular Horizons time. We sell cupcakes at lunch, on the weekends during MHS plays, and we do most of our baking in the evenings; therefore, a MAPS girl would need to be very responsible and able to contribute to a team. Most importantly, MAPS girls are girls who are inspired to change the world!
What are great things about MAPS?
We contribute to our MHS community as well as the global community. We did great things contributing to our horizons program at MHS and helping women around the world establish and expand their businesses and lives. We also collaborate with other school organizations and clubs to raise awareness in the community and promote a more philanthropic environment in MHS.
What could we change about MAPS?
Because this is our first year, we were trying to establish ourselves and figure out what we want to do as a Horizons site. For next year, we should have more organized distribution of labor so everyone has an equal chance to participate in different aspects of MAPS including advertising, baking and blog writing. The extra time outside of horizons we spend working for MAPS also needs to be more equal since all of us have busy school schedules. In the future, we would love to collaborate with the kitchen to find a way to do some of our baking on Thursday morning.
What should MAPS pursue in the future?
Since this is the first year of MAPS, we should keep working on what we have been doing and establish a stronger foundation before expanding. We need to recruit more people in MAPS since it is such an important part of the school. We work on amazing projects to improve local and global communities. In the future, MAPS should start looking at more varied micro-lending program aimed at helping women in different parts of the world. We’d also like to see MAPS continue to trailblaze fundraising at MHS by developing more innovative fundraisers.
How has MAPS impacted MHS?
We raise awareness on campus and try to make people more involved in the global issues that we have been working on. Our microgrant program is a significant project that improves and strengthens MHS girls’ connections to their Horizons sites. Through our cupcake sales during the year, we achieve our goals to create a more sustainable philanthropic community here at MHS.
What kind of skills have you developed since you started working with MAPS?
We learn how to publicize our fundraisers in different ways and we quickly realized that it is the most efficient way to promote and achieve the goals of our organization. We learn how to use iMovie to make short commercials and films to play for the school community to advertise our bake sales and other projects. We spent many hours becoming masters at making delicious cupcakes and delectable icings for our cupcakes, which have become very popular among students and faculty. Most importantly, we learn how to work with other people in groups and manage our time between school and MAPS.