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Application Process
Participating in Aaron’s Presents involves five steps. Click on the buttons above to read about each one.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime!
Step 1: Think and dream
Aaron’s Presents supports two types of projects. Which one best describes your project?
 

REACH OUT
Help or serve at least one other person or animal
TAP IN
Pursue a passion and then use it to help or serve at least one other person or animal
Reach Out project examples:

  • Getting a group together to help weed someone’s garden or rake leaves
  • Dreaming up a surprise for a sick relative, elderly, or other individuals in need of cheer, warmth and comfort
  • Providing reflective vests and whistles to kids walking to and from school

Tap In project examples:

  • Develop your passion for computers by going to a summer camp, and then teach basic computer skills to someone else
  • Take a class on your passion, such as sewing, and then design and create an item for someone else
  • Get some books about your passion, such as holiday decorating, and then decorate the home of an elderly neighbor

Step 2: Talk to us
You can always skip this step and just send us your completed application if you are ready and have no questions.

But if you want to tell us about your idea BEFORE you fill out your application, we would be happy to guide you through it. Just call, text or email us at (978) 809-5487 or .
 
Once we hear from you, we will call you to set up a meeting to:

  • Meet you, listen and understand more about your project and why it is important to you, help you think through the details and come up with a feasible, realistic and an exciting plan, and walk you through the application so that you are fully comfortable completing it.
Step 3: Prepare and submit your application
When you’ve gotten all of your questions answered, you are ready to fill out our application!
 
If you would like to print the application and fill it out with a pen or pencil, download the PDF version below and print. You may need to ask a parent or teacher for help with this, or call us and we’ll send you one in the mail.
 
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If you would like to fill out the application online, choose the English or Spanish versions at the top of this page under the “Apply” menu.
 
IMPORTANT: If applying with a partner or as a group (max. of 10), each participant needs to submit a Part A and Parent Permission. Only one Part B should be completed per project/idea.
 
As always, feel free to check out our Application FAQs or contact us if you have any questions. When you are done, please mail or email your complete application to the address below. We will get in touch with you regarding your application within 1 week.
 
Aaron’s Presents
180 Main Street
Andover, MA 01810

(978) 809-5487
Step 4: Make it happen
Within a week after receiving your completed application, we will contact you to set up a meeting to talk more about your project and put together a plan.
 
1. Ready: Finalize Schedule and Plan: You will be paired with an Aaron’s Presents Project Mentor, who will work closely with you throughout, and help you solve problems that may come up and generally cheer you on!
 
2. Set: Get Materials: We will purchase the materials and/or services directly and deliver them to you.
 
3. Go! Make your project happen! We will be here supporting you in any way possible, and can’t wait to see the results! We encourage you and your Project Mentor to take photos and make videos along the way, and we will post them in our online gallery of completed projects.
Step 5: Celebrate and share
Celebrate:Each June, we host a special event to celebrate the work of that year’s Aaron’s Presents participants.
 
Share:We are always on the lookout for additional opportunities for our participants to speak in public about their projects and participate in other community events to show others what kids are capable of contributing! Our participants have been invited to lead workshops and activities at such venues as The Mary Baker Eddy Library (Boston), Opening Our Doors (Fenway Alliance, Boston) and the Cotting School’s Chili Cook-Off. Many of our participants have also spoken about their projects at school assemblies and business/professional meetings.
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