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This is designed to engage youth in changing piece of public world, discovering possibilities of democratic citizenship and building commitment to taking action in new and exciting ways. Plan a project that will create, change, or improve.
Youth Partnership and Participation
Meeting Educational Standards with Public Adventures
Public Adventures is designed to provide learning opportunities and meet educational standards in civics, writing, and communication. How much they do often depends on the "tour guide's" expectations.
Youth spend a great deal of time in Public Adventures developing a wide variety of communication skills. There are opportunities to:
Public Adventures Kit is designed to support project journaling, and each step
has at least four process related questions to help youth reflect on their
The Public Adventures curriculum encourages active citizenship. Active citizenship is making change in the community because we want to and we can. It is a great way to reveal to young people the power of democratic society.
Because of the flexibility youth have in pursuing projects they are passionate about, the opportunities for associated learning are really as broad as their interests. Here's an example of how Math standards could come into play: Youth are concerned about the homeless in their town. Above and beyond gathering food for a food bank, youth might want to do a population count through local shelters. They could compare numbers of homeless to the amount of food donated, or compare the number of homeless who seek shelter services to the number counted. They could analyze the nutritional information of the primary staple of shelter diets. With this information in hands they could petition particular food producers and suppliers to donate specific types of food.
Research on youth citizenship and civic engagement:
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