Uniting students with their communities

Students follow a community engagement learning model, where young people learn from their communities — and their communities learn from them.

Civic engagement
informed global citizens

Stories are just the start. Students in our program create civic engagement projects that meet local needs, with the potential to go global.

Civic engagement works:

Our civic engagement
projects span the globe

  • South Africa

    Narrative 4’s Community Center in Joe Slovo Township, SA

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    LocationJoe Slovo Township,
    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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    Communities servedFamilies and community members in the Nkandla region

    Joe Slovo, situated in the vicinity of Port Elizabeth, is an informal settlement that provides shelter to more than 350 families. Here in the heart of this vibrant community, the Narrative 4 community center initially emerged as a simple initiative aimed at promoting cleanliness and recycling. The center has now evolved to play a multitude of roles, serving as a day care facility, a classroom for after-school lessons, a community kitchen, a library, a computer lab, a sports facility, an adult skill development center, and much more!

    My mission for the future is to see other hubs like this one in other communities in and around South Africa and eventually throughout the globe.

    – Zukiswa Allah, Program Manager N4 South Africa

  • USA

    One Creek at a Time

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    LocationKentucky, USA

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    Communities servedThe local community in Eastern, Kentucky

    Eastern Kentucky, a treasure trove of native species of flora and fauna, has seen a dramatic rise in littering and pollution which is now threatening those very plants and animals.There is an urgent need for community members to participate in the cleaning and restoration of these natural habitats. I aim to raise money that can be used to incentivize community members to participate in monthly clean up drives.

    “I have seen first-hand the effect of pollution on our creeks. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. All it’s going to take is a little effort from our community

    – Jace Martin, Student at Floyd Central High School

  • Bronx, USA

    Fighting for Better Healthcare in Nigeria!

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    LocationNigeria, Bronx

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    Communities servedWomen and Children

    Obianuju, student of University Heights High School, wants to build a Nigeria where everyone has access to the best medical attention, with all the equipment and expertise needed for their treatment, at affordable prices. This project is the first step towards this goal. Through it, she wants to build a coalition of people from different tribes to identify and understand the issues on the ground.

    I imagine a Nigeria where people will live long and healthy lives, and family members will no longer have to mourn the loss of a loved one due to a lack of appropriate medical care

    – Obianuju Obumneme-Akanem, Student at University Heights High School