Selecting a Time Requirement

At Project Bono, we proudly offer a range of programs with varying time requirements. The effectiveness of the program and the success of the participant starts with selecting the appropriate time requirement. Whether you are an administrator assigning time requirements or a participant selecting a program for personal reasons, there are a few factors to consider. This article explores the key elements to keep in mind when deciding on a time requirement.
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Considering Individual Circumstances

When assigning a program, it is critical to assess the needs of the individual and tailor the time requirement accordingly and take into account the severity of the situation. For example, assigning a repeat offender to a more intensive curriculum allows more time for the participant to fully absorb the material and reduce the chance of recidivism.

It's just as important to consider a participant's financial situation and work or family responsibilities when determining which time requirement to assign them. Asking the participant about their situation can be helpful in this regard. In such cases, it's important to set a time limit that allows them to balance their responsibilities. It's essential that participants can complete the program without having a negative impact on other aspects of their lives.
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Consider the Complexity of the Topic

When it comes to choosing a time requirement for a program, it is important to take into account the complexity of the material being covered. Some programs may require more time due to the intricacy of the topic or the number of modules involved. For example, our Drugs & Alcohol Awareness program covers a wider range of substances than our Nicotine Prevention & Awareness program, which solely focuses on nicotine.

For youth who are participating in our programs due to a vaping-related offense, we typically advise administrators to assign them to the lower time requirement for our Nicotine Prevention & Awareness class. This program is designed to be more concise and easily digestible, which makes it easier for students to complete during in-school sessions, such as a few lunch periods. Additionally, the course focuses solely on nicotine, reducing the chances of introducing youth to other substances. It is important to select a time requirement that aligns with the complexity of the topic being covered to ensure that participants have adequate time to absorb the material and successfully complete the program.
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Consider the Participant's Engagement

A longer time requirement does not always indicate a more effective program. If the program is too long, certain participants may lose interest or become overwhelmed, resulting in lower engagement and completion rates. As a result, it is critical to strike a balance between the time commitment, as well as the responsibilities and unique traits of the participant.
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Communicating the Time Requirement

Lastly, it is vital to clearly communicate the time requirement to the participants. Uncertainty about the time required to complete a program may cause confusion or lead to participants underestimating the effort required or falling short of their requirement. Providing clear guidelines and expectations can help participants better manage their time and ensure a successful completion of the program.
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Selecting the appropriate time requirement is critical for the effectiveness of the program and the long-term success of the participant. Considering individual circumstances, the complexity of the topic, the participant's engagement, and clear communication of the time requirement are key factors to keep in mind. By taking these elements into account, participants can complete our programs and achieve their goals.
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