Thanks to the 20 years I’ve spent in education and youth nonprofits, I see other students facing similar dilemmas to my own as a teenager. Some students are working hard to win an Olympic medal or a Tony Award, some dream of being scientists who create a cure, or entrepreneurs who can impact the world. Other students strive to earn college scholarships. No matter what their goals are, though, many of them aren’t finding the inspiration and instruction on how to reach those achievements in their schools today.
That said, we know kids are now more engaged outside of school than ever. I’ve seen it firsthand through my work at the Institute for Civic Leadership, and I see it now, today, on the news. Students now are global citizens, and they are eager to change the world.