Students screen their films and lead “Community Conversations,” a process we teach that transforms issue discussions into vibrant and dynamic interchanges. It’s one of the things that sets us apart — we break beyond the classroom walls by teaching students how to spark dialogue and engage directly with their communities.
Civic Life Project students have engaged with hundreds of community members across all demographics and perspectives.
Civic Life’s proven pedagogy teaches students to listen to and learn from opposing viewpoints and brings them in direct contact with their local communities to explore the ideas that are central to bettering their lives. Students not only understand the importance of civic issues, but also recognize their own abilities to form an opinion, participate in dialogue, and affect meaningful change.
Check out the third-place winner in the 2016 Youth Challenge Film Festival dissects the issue of the lack of support for inmates once they leave prison: Broken Chains
Watch this and other student films produced over the last six years at Civic Life Project’s YouTube channel.