I remember watching the movie “The Matrix” when it first came out and recall being stunned by the image of human beings being harvested for their energy. As disturbing as this concept may be to some, today’s students are using their unbridled energy to make a difference in their own communities.
In an article written by Gregory Smith “Enlisting the Energies of Schoolkids“, students from Boston, Hawaii, California and Texas successfully advocated for and implemented anti-pollution campaigns in their own communities. As school districts all over the U.S. scramble to meet State mandated standards in reading and math proficiency, new models of learning are shifting to place-based and community-based learning that engage our youth’s imaginations in ways that are just as meaningful and relevant.
Place-based and community-based learning is also the foundation of SCA’s Green Job Readiness Curriculum and Conservation Leadership Corps, a summer youth employment program for high school students.