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MAKE CHANGEMAKING OMNI-PRESENT FOR ALL YOUTH AT SCHOOL

Teachers are our young generation’s biggest ally. They decide if young people get a chance to learn to create a good world, or not. Craig Kielburger

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We all have an idea of a GOOD teacher.

We also have dreams of how our classroom teaching could be far more fun, dynamic and rewarding. We all have a sense of responsibility. And that responsibility turns out to be bigger than we used to be aware of. I remind you of The Purpose Of Schooling.

The Purpose Of Schooling

§1

The Purpose Of Schooling

The purpose of schooling is to unfold all of students’ precious talents, and to nurture an excellent degree of faculty of judgement, sound knowledge and skills.

The goal has to be the education of personalities that are able to strongly resist the ideology of nazism and all political ideologies aiming at a rule of force, and to form societal life on the basis of democracy, peace, liberty, human dignity, gender equality, and in harmony with nature and environment.

These personalities must be aware of their responsibility towards the general public, and their demeanor must be defined by the recognition of equal rights for all people, the respect of all honest conviction, and the recognition of the necessity for continuous development of societal conditions, and the peaceful agreements between peoples.

Education Law, State of Berlin, Germany
https://bit.ly/2ZTo1MH

Check out yours. It will be similar.

IN SHORT : To enable youth to grow into ABLE, ACTIVE, CARING CITIZENS of a libertarian-democratic society, that is also sustainable, in an harmoniously collaborating global family of nations.

Obviously, adult generations are failing in every respect.

This also means, that the past 70 years of subject teaching have not achieved §1 of The Purpose Of Education. Hence, the required learning culture has to be different. Lucky us, it is already here. The human role model is embodied by teenage hero*ines, the phenomenon is Youth Leadership, the methods are proven.

  • it’s been part of civic education for 50 years
  • high impact student clubs living changemaking like athletes
  • supported in classrooms like at 16,000 WE Schools across North America

MAKE YOUTH LEADERSHIP OMNI-PRESENT IN DAILY LIFE AT SCHOOL

So let’s take the best examples, tools, do like them, and go beyond, by using the new opportunities and partners available in our now well connected world.

So, glorious me, caring for positive change, for youth, for caring adults, and for teachers, I have dreamed up ways to help you realize all of it, through a few simple add-ons to your busy life. No big training, finance or time required. Good?

You know that students can’t just sit idle, waiting to get edutained. They have to become different. And you … you have to add a few things to your practice.

Here’s how your colleagues experience a similar program that we also recommend.

  • My profession is more fulfilling 78%
  • I see new leadership skills in my students 82%
  • Students experience higher self-confidence 89%
  • Students in the program volunteer for favorite causes 91%

We look forward to seeing you and your students have the best time living your dreams for people and planet. We are ready to help.

Eric, YL

YOUR SUPERPOWERS

YOU AND YOUR COLLEAGUES CAN MAKE “CREATING A GOOD WORLD FOR ALL” PART OF ALL YOUNG PEOPLE’S LIVES FOR THEIR TEN+ FORMING YEARS.

YOU KNOW HOW TO STUDY A NEW TOPIC AND CONVEY ITS CORE TO A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE.
You win! Youth leadership guarantees high intrinsic motivation – minds, hearts and hands are set alight!

YOU HAVE ACCESS TO LOTS OF KIDS AND YOUTH DAILY FOR YEARS. NO ONE ELSE HAS THAT. NO ONE.
They are forced to be there, to listen to you, and do as you say. Fortunately, they love youth leadership stuff.

YOU CAN GUIDE GROUP LEARNING PROCESSES
and youth-led projects with exciting scope of creative activities with relevant tangible outcomes for people and planet are the best one can imagine – in terms of learning dimensions, results, news presence, rewarding teaching practice, appreciation by the community, and fun. That’s good for teachers’ health.

YOU CAN SET GOALS, GRANT BADGES OF CV VALUE
and youth will want to achieve them.

YOU HAVE ACCESS TO PARENTS
Twice as many as youth. Who else has? These parents have care, skills, resources, workplaces, relations … that inspired changemaker crews will invite for activation.

YOU HAVE FREE INFRASTRUCTURE, SPACES, TECH, NEWSLETTERS, SCHOOL NEWSPAPER AND RADIO
and we say they are not used to their potential.

YOUR §1 REASON OF EXISTENCE IS TO ENABLE ABLE, CARING, ACTIVE CITIZENS. No one else has that.

Woooow. What would young changemakers, today’s Einsteins and Gandhis do with all that?

YOUR STUDENTS’ SUPERPOWERS

ARE FAR BEYOND YOURS.

You hold their back, give them time, space, opportunity, occasions and support to discover, unfold and wield them – with rich benefits for life skills learning, peace, learning culture, the greater community, and for achieving The Purpose Of Schooling.

Their Superpowers include

  • genuine spirit
  • unbridled passion and creativity
  • daily macro community
  • free infrastructure
  • free support and coaching
  • good status in public, with the public
  • good status with media
  • good status with funders
  • they have win-win benefits; awesome school days, friends, skills, adventure, ace CVs …
  • they have TIME. Gamers, gifted athletes and artists to their thing 6+ hours a day, 10+ on week-ends. That’s what changemaker athletes do, for years.

Adults don’t have this. Least of all time.

Your role as teacher is simply to

  • make the inspiring content present
  • respect, and collaborate with Our New Highly Gifted
  • do LEVEL UP! Crash Courses to spark common passion, vision and a Changemaker Student Club, that unites fired up students acroiss classes and grades, and runs year-round multifaceted actions
  • include as add-ons to upgrade teaching practice
  • apply methods like exhibits, UN Days, projects etc., using our many ideas used by teens and teachers to make it omni-present in various, interactive forms
  • connect with outer school partners like YL Staff and Volunteers, speakers, local allies, libraries, news media, city, to activate their superpowers, together

You can do so without stress on time, finance or training. 90+% of activities are organized by change-maker student clubs at your and other schools.

One can weave Youth Leadership into School …

with simple steps – doing what teachers are doing anyway – and a few informal extras to spark the NEW.

Your biggest ally and expert workforce is the changemaker student club. It unites Our New Highly Gifted, youth fired up to do good for people and planet in highly dynamic, entertaining ways. We all know there are candidates in every class. If just one per class joins, there is a formidable force of 20 to 50 ‘athletes’ wielding 400+ tools and actions popular with youth, adults and media. Through online communication with outstanding changemakers, and local allies, they will develop considerable expertise, skills and willingness to mentor peers, uplift learning culture and the greater community. They will do 90% of the work. So … your #1 interest is to activate, evolve and collaborate with the club.

Use hero*ine stories, films and music

to bring global issues alive

Organize Level Up! Crash Courses

in each of your classes. Take steps 1+2 to spark a club. Follow up with 3-8, or let the club do it

Collaborate with the Club

Invite contributions in class, team up for projects and occasions

Activate Parents

Those who love youth leadership can contribute a lot, and many others will support, too

Use occasions

like fests, project days and weeks for youth leadership activities

Use Positive News Media

activities for school radio, music, creative writing, to document natural and cultural heritage …
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Use our Teaching Tools

on groundbreaking solutions … boosting local biodiversity, ecosystem restoration, ethical use of digital media …

Do long-term projects

in partnership with our hero*ines abroad

Bring in your ideas

to inspire our global community

Share your activities

with us, social and news media to inspire others

Join #teachersforfuture

our online group to stay in touch with colleagues

Activate Partners

in your local “Education Landscape”

These swift steps add up

They cultivate a culture of youth leadership, and a community of changemakers generating considerable results.

It gradually grows and evolves, like a tree. Can you activate each branch of “your tree”? Look at the splendid fruit it produces!

Browse the Online Exhibit

for inspiration, first ideas. view

Take the Crash Course f Adults

View Roadmaps for Key Professions, and for Youth. view

Get Resources

Brochures, stories, music, videos, books, coloring books, poster set, teaching tools …  view
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BASIC PERSONAL ACTIVATION COMPLETE

Activate Staff

  • Make omni-present
  • use brochures, flyers, posters, books
  • share progress, ideas
  • pitch specific activities to art, music, foreign language teachers
  • do a meet-up, invite activated youth. view

LEVEL UP! Crash Course in class

An immersion in youth leadership with

  • first instant actions
  • decide on follow-up
  • found a club. view

Share the Good News

  • online
  • with friends, family
  • use inspiring links
  • add your comments, ideas, goals
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BASIC LOCAL CREW ACTIVATION COMPLETE

Activate Parents

  • Inform on the good news, progress, plans
  • Invite their contribution to PhilanthroParties at fests and to projects

Support the Club

to grow across classes and grades by students

  • giving Crash Courses
  • making exhibits
  • running stands with bakesales, activities…
  • set up a HeadQuarter

Use Occasions

  • like school and town fests, UN Days, project days and weeks
  • build a bond between students, parents, media, the community
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Use Art

  • Music, musical, theatre, art, using our resources
  • visible, uplifting, inter-active for the entire community.  view

Collaborate with the Club

  • Start with a basic thing
  • Then, go spectacular

What could that be?

Boost! Hero*ines

  • with donations
  • powered by students
  • activate parents, public
  • PhilanthroParty!
  • see progress unfold
  • print, post in corridor to keep folks inspired
  • share online, in YL and news media. view

Meet a YL Speaker 'live'

online or at school. view
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Create a Positive News Medium

  • local magazine, radio, youtube show, exhibit
  • one edition, a series or program
  • connected with ours
  • involve many, share widely. view

Implement the Informal YL Curriculum

  • sit down with the club
  • have each teacher use youth leadership once per semester. view

Team up for a long-term Project

  • with hero*ines abroad
  • see success unfold
  • on both sides. view
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Combine school trips w projects

If you fly, make it mea-ningful, a project highlight, an immersion, an initiation of lifelong value

Score the YL School Seal

Tick off a list of measures that make sure you provide a holistic nurturing framework for youth leadership

Go Visit

As teacher or student, visit a hero*ine as guest or volunteer. Contribute your skills, report back, inspire your community, evolve the project. view
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First steps activate the Changemaker Student Club. Next, their activities inspire colleagues, parents and media. Then, relations with city and local partners evolve naturally.

Isn’t that a beautiful time at school?

This would even have made me stay in the teaching profession. Well, until that is achieved, I’ll help you folks, and the kids make it true. After all, they all have a right to up-to-date learning culture, and to be like the hero*ines they are shown as role models.

As Craig pointed out, ‘Never in human history has the teacher profession been this important’, and I’d like you to have fun living your responsibility with great success.

Start swiftly and lay the foundation.

You have a lot of NEW tools and options. That’s good news. You wouldn’t get far with 3. Or alone.

Stories in class are good, but the very best is the LEVEL UP! Crash Course. Why? Because only this creates an immersive group experience of shared appreciation and enthusiasm for youth leadership, shared passion for causes, shared vision and motivation for doing XYZ, for real. You see, this is the key, since hero*ines are inspirational, right? This tells you it is all about the spirit; a feeling, a specific inner alchemy. This session sparks first actions, forms a club, and makes that students support activities and changemakers through respect, attention and contributions. That’s a big deal, and unachieved by conventional learning programs, or organizations. We experience it in our sessions, and we wish that you will, too. Start at young age.

Our Brochure Series on Youth Leadership explains The Mindset in more detail.

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FAQ, Mindset, Magic Tricks
A bit of poetic imagery ... and big picture ... after all you are an academic ... with purpose
The LEVEL UP! Crash Course sessions 1+2 lays the spirit(ual) foundation, the fertile soil from which hero*ine flowers grow, that embody, radiate and restore inner and outer peace, bliss and abundance in society, like a Paradise Garden. You have sleeping seeds all around you. The strong spirit and love (sun and water) conveyed via role model stories, videos and music enrich this ground, so that the humans growing from it raise their gaze upwards to the light, smile, enjoy living, thrive, multiply, regenerate and heal our hurting societies.

What if a school has toxic, barren grounds, where potential elves, hobbits and nerds with gentle feelings for people and planet are intimidated by others that display brutish, beastly behavior, physical and psychological violence, criminal acts rosy-colored as bullying, harassment, or shaming like “eco-slut”. This sabotages their entire local generation. Nothing good can grow there. This must no longer be.

The few heavily traumatized need and deserve proper healing in a proper space. It is their Children’s Right. And it is their responsibility to not harm, impede or drag down others. The other 90+% also have rights. They have the right to acquire the skills to shape a peaceful future affecting millions, to avoid experiencing unspeakable suffering and through lack of heart and competence being forced to force the same on their own children over their next seventy years.

Their right to learn to become “able, active, caring citizens of a libertarian-democratic society, that is also peaceful and sustainability, in a harmoniously global family of nations” is enshrined in §1 The Purpose Of Schooling. This is not the time for #FalseTolerance. It is every teacher’s obligation to teach it. We also have a zero tolerance policy for failing teachers. It works at thousands of schools, no matter what form, charter, state, private, free, democratic or home … so it can work at yours.

As adult generations, since the emergence of humanism, we have pooped out totalitarian religion, totalitarian monarchy, and totalitarian fascism. We have upgraded from being violent (satanist) superstituous fools, from minions of monarchy, from morons of fascism … to informed voters. On this path, we have found our way back to being humane. We know that hitting children, women, and men is a crime. Now, we are making the next upgrade. As a society, and as individuals. “Able, active, caring citizens” will co-create and inhabit the next level collaborative society, in harmony with the Living Planet.

But this new, GOOD society can only come about WHEN there is a majority of Able, Active, Caring Citizens.

“You never change things by criticizing existing reality. To change something, create a new model that makes the current model obsolete.” R. Buckminster Fuller

We implement the new model solutions. But we also activate the new human model, running on a new Operating System, a new mind- and skillset! Like democracies’ informed voters are very different from minions of monarchy and morons of fascism … in their worldview, skillset, expression, relations and participation! 

The new model of citizens are not voters, sitting idle, disempowered. They are changemakers!! They implement solutions. Youth Leadership embodies this. It is the, and the only training practice for living this for one’s ten forming years at school, among big, co-creative, multi-skilled community – evolving encompassing agreement and vision among their entire genera-tion for their collective future. It is ONLY at school that it can happen to relevant degree. That is how important you are.

You have a key professional role to play. Now LEVEL UP! and rock it. Geez will you and your kids be proud on ya … everybody peaceful and shining at your deathbed. But until then, there is work to do. We have a planet to save. May you wield your powers well. #BeMoreAwesome

The idea (of education) is not to turn us into your kind of adults, but into better adults than you have been.

Adora Svitak

You can call us to run the LEVEL UP! Crash Course.

If we have no YL Volunteers nearby, you can run the course yourself, by doing what YL Volunteers do, caring citizens like you : train yourself using our online tutorial.

I highly encourage you to get a taste of all youth leadership essentials in your personal Crash Course (also online).

You will gain many insights, ideas, and experience activities that your students will experience. It helps you detect potentials in your city and region, inspire colleagues, youth and parents, connect with partners and collaborate in good spirit.

Your personal crash course

is free, online, self-paced, and highly entertaining.

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