Students Make Community Involvement a Learning Experience
- December 12, 2017
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Community Involvement
Communities across the country are realizing what a valuable resource students can be when it comes to researching and ferreting out new solutions to old problems. Real-world learning experiences are innovative ways for students to get involved in their community while learning more about themselves and what they enjoy doing.
Community leaders strive to stay apace with youth-friendly ideas that have the power to influence change in a positive way. Students who participate in community projects feel empowered to openly participate and speak out where they see needed change.
Living in the community where students are learning and also participating in bringing about change is an ideal win-win scenario.
When diverse groups of students collaborate to investigate real issues for real community businesses, they gain skills that might not be available unless they were in an urban development planning program at the graduate level. Students learn to analyze and assess data they gather and produce quality reports.
With teachers and parents alike supporting the efforts of student/community projects, the concept has taken root in communities across the country. Students are learning how to engage with their communities. They get a first-hand experience of how to organize and not only use their skills but also to learn new ones.
Students are encouraged to get out of their comfort zones and meet people from different socioeconomic backgrounds; people they might not otherwise every meet. Team building is also another positive outcome of student/community involvement. Learning to work effectively with peers from diverse backgrounds helps students widen their social perspective and discover more about themselves.
At Yorktown Education, one of our main tenets is to: UNDERSTAND PEOPLE – How people think. Why people think. Communication skills. Leadership and organizational skills. Yorktown students experience this on many levels and come away with a better understanding of how to effectively find their place in the real world.