To prepare students for college, career, and civic life, we would like to highlight a few programs and organizations. Inclusion in this article does not indicate official endorsement by Victoria East High School or the Victoria Independent School District.
Action Civics Initiative
National Council for the Social Studies and the Victoria East High School Social Studies Department are a part of the Action Civics Initiative, a non-partisan network of 28 organizations. Action Civics is a student-centered, project-based approach to civics education that develops the individual skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary for effective citizenship. The Action Civics Initiative promotes four strategies based on community needs: student voice; deliberation; real-world interactions with civic officials and processes; and strong instructor support. These organizations include:
Facing History and Ourselves
Teens Dream Collaborative
Teens Dream is a global video competition for teens to share and connect around their dreams, as they relate to one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This program is led by Global Co Lab Network and is managed by a group of teen and adult co-creators from the greater Washington, DC area, with support from individuals, volunteers and partner organizations. Video entries will be accepted from September 30th through January 5th, 2018! For more information, visit the Teens Dream Colab Website.
Design for Change USA
Design for Change empowers young people to change themselves and the world around them. Every year, students of all ages from around the country do projects in their community that not only improve lives but help them build their character. Using the Design for Change, design thinking process: feel, imagine, do, share - they have shut down drug houses, addressed the dropout rate in their high school, helped refugees assimilate to the American diet and have done hundreds of other projects in their local communities that have resulted in real change.
You can access their free Web Portal HERE, which will take you step by step through the Design for Change process. You can then submit your projects for the Design for Change Challenge! See the video about last year's winners below.