We are working hard to make the world a better place. We think the best way to do this is to tap into the power of kids and enable their voice, choice and agency.
Just look at the impact of the recent student-led strikes for action on climate-change had around the globe! Children can and should have an active role in their communities.
Our Kids’ Community Action Bootcamp program is just the ticket. It is an innovative, child-led social change program that activates children as positive contributors to their communities.
By providing step-by-step guidance on how to develop and implement social change projects, Bootcamp puts the tools in students’ hands to make the changes THEY want to see in their communities, now and in the future. It enables the practical application of values such as gratitude, kindness, giving and volunteering and builds leadership, resilience and entrepreneurial skills.
Bootcamp is aligned with Victorian Curriculum through Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Critical Thinking.
Teacher evaluations show that the program builds students’ personal capabilities such as confidence, perseverance and empathy; social skills including teamwork and social awareness; and educational engagement and self-directed learning.
Once students have identified an issue they’d like to address in their community, they work with a team to develop a change campaign, engage with community organisations to develop a solution. Then – they have to pitch to a panel of community leaders for funding and support to put it all into action. This can be scary for young students, particularly those who haven’t met or worked with community leaders before.
It works in disadvantaged areas
Experience shows us that this is a powerful program that brings huge benefits to upper-primary school students, especially in disadvantaged areas. It helps them understand the process for making social change, connects them with community leaders and empowers them through the successful delivery of their first change project.
The next step
It’s time to take Kids’ Community Action Bootcamp to the next level and make it accessible to a greater number of schools that can’t otherwise afford it. Kids Thrive facilitators have been delivering the programs in schools, and now we want to develop it to empower teachers to drive the program with the support of Curriculum-aligned resources, Kids Thrive staff and access to networks of people working in the arts, community development, education, child welfare and more.
Our goal is to raise $50,000 to help us build this next iteration.
Can you help us reach our goal?
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