2.3 Shared Purpose
Teens are often sorted based on their ages and where they live, but the resulting groups aren’t necessarily the most supportive for their individual skills and interests. Connected learning activities connect teens with each other and with adults by giving them a shared purpose around a common goal or interest, not around an age or school district. Adults and more skilled teens can share knowledge and model behavior with less advanced teens, and interest-driven programs, competitions, and challenges can bring together teens from different backgrounds who might not meet otherwise.
What does learning with a shared purpose look like?
- There are group projects and activities
- There are mentors who can collaborate and co-learn with teens
- Teens can participate in contests, competitions, and challenges
- Activities involve teens of different ages and from different backgrounds
- Teens contribute to real-world projects and initiatives
Shared purpose in action
The National Veterans Art Museum education programs foster a sense of shared purpose among veterans and teens.
Self-Assessment: Shared Purpose
How well do your youth services and programs incorporate the principle of shared purpose?
|There are group projects and activities||😃 😐 😱|
|There are mentors who can collaborate and co-learn with teens||😃 😐 😱|
|Activities involve teens of different ages and from different backgrounds||😃 😐 😱|
|Teens contribute to real-world projects and initiatives||😃 😐 😱|