The Personal Creed Project guides students through a comprehensive series of reflections on their life experience to discover what they value. During the reflection phase, students distill the three to five major forces and people that have done most to shape or influence them. Reflecting further, they discern a set of values their main influences in life have taught them to date.
In the project’s culminating presentations, each student stands before their classmates and shares a) their main influences, b) the values they have decided to stand for, c) the qualities they want to cultivate in coming years to help them live by their Creed values, and d) the difference they wish to make in the world or others’ lives. For 25 years, students and former students who have experienced the Personal Creed Project in schools and colleges around the country describe it as a life-changing rite of passage.
In a conversation with two former students a few years ago, we came up with the idea of an online version of the Creed Project. The original idea was to create two online options: one for those who had already been through the experience and wanted to revisit it, and one for newcomers.
Then it seemed that rather than steer visitors to only two options, a better plan might be to lay out a full set of options so users can design an experience that works best for them, whether they are new to the project or want to revisit and/or update a previous encounter.
As a small team of us talked it over, however, we realized that some who are completely new to the project will need additional orientation and support. We’re continuing discussions on how best to provide that support. And so for now, the plans below are for the revisit options. The options consist of full-length reflections, shortened reflections, and various presentation choices.