Students shine when given the opportunity to create and solve. We’ve learned this through our many civic innovation events, which put students in the driver’s seat for solving problems that affect their lives and communities, while providing them with frameworks, mentors, and feedback to guide the process.
A FEW WORDS
on cultivating citizen engagement
BEHIND THE SCENES
Powering a search for solutions
VENUE: CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE
DATE: JULY 2013
LOCATION: LITTLE ROCK, AR
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Noble Impact Institute is a problem-solving program that engages students with businesses and other local organizations to develop workable solutions to identified community problems. During our first year running Institute, we gathered nearly 50 students to collaborate with community partners such as the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center, Our House, Hall High School, and Arkansas Commitment to propose ideas for change and growth within their organizations. This video showcases the thoughts and experiences of students, parents, partners, and educators about the civic innovation experience.
Throughout the civic innovation process, students engage in all four pillars of public service, — people, purpose, policy, and politics — to address an identified need or problem and then search for solutions. Through events such as Innovate 2 Educate, High School Startup Weekend, and Institute, students are enabled to solve meaningful problems while engaging with their peers and communities.