Provide high school students with leadership skills, tools for improved citizenship practices, an appreciation for involvement in community activities, and greater understanding of public decisions.
The curriculum is designed to provide experiential and classroom learning through skills improvement and increased awareness of significant community, social, and public issues.
The first phase of the educational program helps young people acquire knowledge and up-to-date facts about leadership, citizenship, and the institutions in their own community.
In the second phase, participants have an opportunity to become involved in a community or school activity to enhance human capacity and the quality of life of the community. Participants may select a school or community project to address the community involvement goal.
Day 1 – Community Overview
- To gain a greater understanding of our region’s history, how people have invested and disinvested in the region, and how those trends impact current reinvestment
- To explore how we live, work & play in Northwest Florida
- To experience firsthand the elements of community development; for example, by touring a neighborhood and meeting its leaders
Day 2 – Economics
- To develop an understanding of our present economic base
- To explore the fundamentals of our region’s economy and how fiscal policy (and the leaders that shape it) influence our lives.
- To understand the area’s economic strengths and weaknesses and prospects for the future.
- To understand how our community is effected by ongoing local, state, or nation-wide economic development efforts
- To further understand the area’s prospects for the future
Day 3 – Infrastructure
- To explore and identify the components that make up the tangible support structure and how they impact our daily life
- To examine how aspects of our support structure inter-connect with other aspects
- To identify strengths and weaknesses of our support structure and how it affects how we live work and play in Northwest Florida
Day 4 – Quality of Life
- To examine and explore the positive and negative aspects of our community’s quality of life.
- To examine why we come and we stay in Northwest Florida.
- To examine the meaning of quality of life for the various socio-economic groups in Northwest Florida.
- To explore the importance of cultural organizations and activities in the life of the community
Government In Action
- To explore how the legislative process impacts how we live, work and play in Northwest Florida.
- To allow the class the opportunity to speak with their elected officials and staffs regarding the issues those are of importance to them.
- To provide enough freedom in the schedule for the class to explore the issues or topics of interest to them during the session.