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2021 Leadership Certification in Civic Engagement details
Who: Current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders from the United States.
Location: Everywhere! This is a virtual program.
Dates: July 5-9, 2021
Overview: During this one-week intensive program we will explore what it means to be a citizen, and more importantly, what it means to take an active part in shaping and building the communities, country, and world around us. As we build knowledge and skills that help us to deepen our interaction with our various communities, we will explore power dynamics and skills for action taking that support collective work to build more just and inclusive societies.
We work hard to make sure that our programs are accessible to as many people as possible. Financially, this means offering scholarships at a variety of levels to all who need them. After your application has been submitted you will receive a link to our scholarship form. We ask that all participants make a meaningful contribution to their experience, whether this is $25, $200, or the full amount of the program. We do our best to ensure that no one is turned away due to financial reasons.
- Finding and articulating your own identity and purpose
- Sharing and learning about how to have a positive impact on your community
- Learning how to have productive conversation about what you believe in and how to intentionally and deeply listen to others
- Taking responsibility for helping to build communities, countries, and a world where we strive for justice, equity, and inclusion
In this program we are talking about what it means to be a responsible member of society and how we make choices in our everyday lives that create a better life for everyone.
We promise, this IS NOT civics class—and you don’t have to take a final exam. Through our sessions during this intensive week, we will learn together, dialogue together, and create action plans together. The focus is on your personal experience. You’ll spend time figuring out what kind of person you want to be, thinking about why it matters to be responsible for the wellbeing of others, and determining how you want to take action and live as a powerful force for good—which looks different for each and every one of us!
1) Exploring what it means to be part of something bigger than yourself and reflecting on our individual and collective morals and values.
2) Practicing and deepening our listening skills; finding the nuance and complexity in our communities while articulating our own personal beliefs.
3) Identifying the power structures in our communities and learning how to build and use power responsibly.
4) Discerning what it means for us to take responsibility as active participants in our communities, countries, and world.
5) Creating action plans to use our deepened civic engagement and leadership learning as we work to build more just, equitable, and inclusive societies.