Purposely helps each peer group customize their own pathway forward. We provide a Group Guide for each peer group who coaches and mentors the group, leading them in the process of self-directed peer learning.
How Enrollment Works
Your Contribution Matters
We are building a community to empower a generation to lift one another up and help one another along. We ask that everyone who benefits from our investment of time and effort to contribute to this larger community purpose. When we become a contributor, we not only help ourselves, we also help others and those who are coming after us. We are building something bigger than us. That's part of what it means to live with purpose. Your contribution is more than dollars—it’s an investment in yourself.
Enroll with your peer group
Use the GET STARTED button to begin which registers you with our private social network. Use that to learn more, interact with others, join a group, or build your own group as a "Trailblazer." When you've got at least six members of your peer group you're ready to begin. Then each member of the group should enroll with the appropriate learning path below and begin meeting with your Group Guide.
Go at your own pace
Everyone is busy. Our process of self-directed peer learning is custom designed around the needs of the group, which means you set your own schedule and go at your own pace. Typically, the standard pace would involve meeting togther with your peer group Guide once per month. Together with your Guide, you and your group determine your other times together.
Contribution is Flexible
The standard contribution amount shown below is what is asked to get started. While that is designed as a monthly contribution amount, we do not expect any particiant to pay that indefinitely. We are facilitating a self-directed peer learning process, so the more self-directed your group becomes the smaller the contribution amount gets.
Local Group Paths
We are physically located at Jacksonville State University, so those who are local can meet easily with their Group Guide. When you enroll with your group, you will schedule several 90 minute sessions with your Guide as your group’s Basecamp. After that, your group and Guide together will determine the best schedule for your Trailhead followups.
We have a guided process that travels, which means WE COME TO YOU. When you enroll with your group, we will schedule a Basecamp with you where we will spend extended time getting your group off right. Then follow ups with your Guide will be done online and via video conference.
Yes. Purposely.org is a featured program of the Center for Self Direction, which is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization.
If it's a non-profit, why do you charge a fee?
We are an IRS approved 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization in the same kind of status as a college or university. As such, in order to support the program financially, similar to how the university does: we engage in fundraising with individuals, we seek support from grants and endowments, and we ask for fees from participants themselves.
Do You Offer a Money back Guarantee? Can I get a refund?
No, we generally do not offer refunds. You are free to cancel your enrollment at anytime. You will not be charged any additional fees after you have cancelled.
Having said all that, we're here to help. If you feel strongly that you've held up your end but we haven't, we'll do everything we can to make it right.
Will I have time for this? I might be too busy.
We don't measure the effectiveness of our peer learning groups by how much time they cost us but by how intentionally we invest ourselves in them. When something is meaningful we don't really measure its importance in minutes and hours spent. It's when things aren't meaningful that we get caught up in how much time something is costing us. So, while we certainly understand that people are busy, we are creating meaningful group cultures that are products of investments in ourselves.
What if I'm not local and live too far away?
While we are based primarily at Jacksonville State University, over the years, we’ve actually worked with peer groups all over the country. If you’re serious about our peer learning process, we will set up your own private mini-retreat and physically come to you so that we can work with your group face to face. Because of distance, our follow up time with your group would be done via video conferencing. For this customized solution you would need to commit to pay the monthly fee for a minimum of 12 months. Chat with us for more info.
JSU Wesley is a founding partner of purposely.org. Wesley is a student center that encourages student participation in community service, campus involvement, and personal growth. Though it is a faith based organization, it is intentionally open to all students, including those who do not identify as part of or practicing a religious tradition. As such, Wesley students represent the full spectrum of religious backgrounds and traditions.
Our brand is the silhouette of a compass with a person (blue) pointing up toward his/her life direction (lime). We believe that a deeper sense of life purpose leads to happier, heathier, more meaningful lives.