Healthy Neighborhoods/ Healthy Kids
The Healthy Neighborhoods/ Healthy Kids (HN/HK) Project is a service-learning/civic engagement and project-based learning framework for students designed by Shelburne Farms’ Sustainable Schools Project in collaboration with Smart Growth Vermont.
Initially envisioned as a tool for service-learning focused on neighborhood revitalization and community planning, Healthy Neighborhoods/Healthy Kids was first piloted in several Burlington, Vermont elementary schools. It has since evolved into a framework for service-learning, student leadership, civic engagement, and community collaboration has been applied across K-12 grade levels as well as community settings, and is now implemented both nationally and internationally. (Read the article in the National Youth Leadership Coalition, Generator Newsletter, 2008)
Healthy Neighborhoods/Healthy Kids (HN/HK) endeavors to engage students in meaningful exploration of their community, and to provide teachers, students, and communities with opportunities for student-led community change. By providing structure and support for work deeply rooted in both student interest and community need, HN/HK is a vital example of Education for Sustainability, Place-Based Education, and Service-Learning, as well as a tool for developing students’ literacy, analytical, and communication skills in a relevant way.
Based on the belief that students have the capacity to be leaders now and not just in the future, we are eager to share this tool with anyone who works with students or is interested in supporting engaged leadership for community change.