The Institute approaches curriculum from an angle of cross-cultural competencies and the acknowledgement of common truths. This encourages diversity of thought at all levels, thus crafting the civil discussions we seek to bring about. Check out specifics below:
We seek to define policy-oriented conversations and what discourse looks like. Often, people understand what they themselves believe, yet fail to articulate it across party lines. Our curriculum guides discussion at its rudimentary stages - which students utilize to build on these conversations.
The discourse teaches students how to have a back-and-forth conversation about complex political thoughts and theories, rather than a one-sided debate that fails to address all facets of a topic. We seek to equip students with the necessary skills to analyze and evaluate all aspects of a political issue and articulate those to someone else.
Through three approaches!
1. Teacher Outreach - Educators are at the forefront of the dissemination of knowledge, which is why we prioritize them when implementing our curriculum. We seek to work with teachers and integrate the true and obvious into their curriculum, an intentional addition that enriches students’ thinking. The average teacher instructs around 150 students, which would allow us to expand our outreach to students.
2. District Outreach - The implementation of our curriculum relies on the participation of various stakeholders. Namely, numerous schools in one district. This way, the Institute can concentrate its impact and spread the curriculum to a wide range of communities. We already have a significant number of students ready to advocate for YIP’s curriculum.
3. State-level lobbying - State-level legislatures have the opportunity to reverse the downward trend in youth political participation, and we firmly believe that our curriculum will do just that. When states prioritize education, they prioritize the future, and we want to provide all the tools necessary to ensure that future.