Achievement is valued over care and concern for others.
Skills such as building friendships, consent, and managing emotions are expected of young people but never explicitly taught.
Leadership is provided for only a few young people in each community, not every young person.
Young people want to serve but rarely have the quality opportunities or support to channel their energies.
Service has become a transactional hour requirement.
Schools and youth programs care about civic and social-emotional development but struggle to find the time in the day, training, or support.
Many resources in this space are not culturally relevant or exciting for students, nor do they meet the specific needs of staff.
A country in which all young people develop into well-rounded community members.
Well-rounded community members are young people aware of self, others, and world so that they can take positive action in improving their life and the lives of others.
Support all of the people and places that interact with young people on a daily basis — everyone in a young person’s circle of influence. Our goal is to reach every young person in the communities we work within. We support partners in prioritizing social-emotional and civic learning through a collaborative process that meets their needs with culturally relevant, student-centered resources.
We know that that the six or seven hour school day isn’t enough time for this work to take place but school is also not the only place learning can happen. We support:
Parents & Family
Out of School Time Programs
Young people gain greater civic and social-emotional competence (through collected pre and post data). Young people in our programs are more likely to volunteer, vote, tackle community challenges, resolve conflicts with peers, advocate for themselves, and manage their emotions.
Increases in graduation, attendance, academic, and behavioral data. Students in our Allston-Brighton, MA cohort of schools saw an average decrease of 300% in behavioral interventions during their first year of implementation. Our East Boston cohort saw a 5% increase in MCAS ELA scores. A cohort of after-school programs in Houston, TX saw attendance increase from 82 to 94%.
Improvements in health, socioeconomic status, and social connection. Young people in ENGAGE programs engage in less risky youth behaviors such as gang violence or drug-use; are more likely to feel connected to school and community, and have the tools to build an economically mobile future.
WHY SHOULD I CARE?
Community member development sits at the epicenter of every major outcome. Confident, self-aware, empathetic, and action-oriented young people are healthier, more economically mobile, and create safer communities.
We have a major empathy and civic engagement gap in our country.