Young people adapt well to technology and its advancement. They benefit from it as a means to learn, communicate, and entertain. They build virtual communities and work to maintain them. However, they are unlikely to understand why their real-life neighborhoods succeed or fail and how they could play a positive role in their future. Participation is low and there is a sense of widespread apathy. “Why should I get involved when no one will listen or take me seriously?” At the same time their minds are full of ideas that could make their neighborhood a healthier, more fun, and less dangerous place to live. What if they were shown what makes a neighborhood work well? What if they were taught how to amplify their voice amongst their community? Would they take advantage and be more engaged? As the curriculum develops we will study what serves as gateways to learning, what will motivate action, and what incentives will encourage continued civic participation.
Sample Student Campaigns