Beginning at the kindergarten level, each homeroom class identifies a social justice problem they’d like to address within their community and develops a comprehensive service-learning project designed to combat the targeted social inequity impacting their community. Through in-depth research, critical inquiry, and collaboration, grassroots campaigns provide students with authentic learning experiences grounded in real-world relevancy and problem-solving. Participation in GRCs enable students to strengthen their leadership skills, amplify youth voices, and development greater community advocacy skills while enhancing individual and collective agency as they demand accountability from influential forces and work towards concrete outcomes to reduce social barriers and inequities.
Grassroots Campaigns are a key component of the VLA curriculum, providing an invaluable opportunity for our students to help firmly place them on the road towards becoming 21st century leaders and innovators positively invested in local and global communities through their awareness of social, political, and economic inequities.
What Do We Need: $25,000.00
What is the Impact on VLA Students?
Grassroots Campaigns intrinsically motivate students to become creative problem solvers and innovators who enact positive change within their communities. From issues of youth homelessness to food deserts to brownfields to youth incarceration and mental health, VLA students have developed, designed, and executed a wide-range of GRC projects, replete with public presentations, and have established strong partnerships with various community organizations as a result. The GRC process itself, along with its implementation strategies, enable VLA students to develop essential skillsets for leadership, advocacy, critical intellect, and efficacy.
Ms. Dacio’s Kindergarten class has been working hard on their Grassroots Campaigns all year. Check out their public service announcement about second hand smoke!
Posted by Village Leadership Academy on Tuesday, March 3, 2015