Contact: Jessie Smiley, Media Relations, Jessie_Smiley@dpsk12.org
$1.4M Dedicated to Supporting Civic Engagement for High School Students
Denver – Two national organizations have awarded Denver Public Schools (DPS) $1.4 million in grants. The money will be used to expand Student Voice and Leadership’s (SVL) action civics and critical civic inquiry work across high schools. The grants – $1M over three years from the Hewlett Foundation and $400,000 over two years from Jobs for the Future – are research-practice partnership efforts with the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver and Rowan University, which will allow the SVL programming to triple across DPS high schools.
On Monday, Oct. 8, Superintendent Tom Boasberg will join students, educators and grant partners at South High School in celebrating the grant funding and SVL civic inquiry work.
The grant projects respond to the nationwide challenge of preparing all students to participate as active citizens of a democracy and aims to study and scale an approach to youth civic and leadership development offered by SVL programming, called action civics. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to identify a compelling problem motivated by tensions between their everyday experiences and dreams for the future – particularly tensions related to issues of equity and social justice – study that problem through original research, and then advance their ideas by sharing their work with school leaders, policymakers or other public audiences.
When students discover their core strengths and apply them in real-world experiences through the SVL program, students and school cultures are transformed. By nurturing the whole child, supporting youth-adult partnerships and leveraging community assets, SVL programs are life-changing for Denver students.
DPS to Celebrate and Announce $1.4 Million Student Voice and Leadership Grants
Superintendent Tom Boasberg, Board of Education president Anne Rowe, SVL Grant partners, South High School educators and students
Monday, Oct. 8
South High School – Library
1700 E. Louisiana Ave.