Leadership Program – Fall

Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs Program

The Kidizens Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs Program offers a higher level of challenge and learning to 5th- 8th graders as well as our graduating “kidizens” who have completed our Kidizens and Young Senators programs.  The program offers students an opportunity to build upon their basic knowledge of social studies, civics and economics, acquired previously through school, other programs or in our regular Kidizens or Young Senators programs. It is a real-life journey that further enhances their understanding of many civic and economic concepts, such as government, economy, geography, the environment, and much more. In line with the Kidizens philosophy, the Young Leaders embark upon a guided discovery of real world lessons and strategies while building critical skills such as teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, written communication, public speaking and of course leadership.

In our Fall program, students work in pairs to create a model LEGO city in a competitive league-like environment. Each week their city will compete against those of their fellow students in achieving the highest scores in categories including Citizen Happiness, City Finances, Environmental Health, Law and Order, Education and Literacy. In addition, while, the Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs compete and cooperate with each other in the rigors of the Kidizens Leadership League, they must also perform online research and write reports on urban issues (many of them picked from South Bay and Peninsula cities and real city-council agenda items), such as water filtration, road signs, bike lanes, business zoning, recycling and much more. They will even conduct interviews with real city council members and local government officials to further their research.  All the while, they will receive urban history lessons from the Kidizens staff to further their knowledge and conceptual understanding and allow them to be better city officials, mayors and leaders. Altogether, it’s an exciting, fast-paced environment that simulates real-life political competition and compels LEGO lovers to actively engage in a civics- and economics-focused curriculum.

During the fall session our students study the macro environment of a city and its related issues.  The students will design a model city with LEGOs, often creating replicas of actual buildings and sections of a city from real life. With each week, the student mayors and leaders will receive weekly feedback from an esteemed “Panel of Judges” who will distribute reports indicating their relative ratings in each category.

Students will research real-world issues that relate to their cities such as pollution, traffic congestion, environmental issues and tax distribution. The kidizens will also consider inter-city issues that relate to borders, trade and economics.  Students will eventually present their model city and plans for urban success to a panel of esteemed members of the community, including local public officials.

 

Overview:

  • Highly interactive 14-15-week session
  • Students attend one session a week
  • Ages 10-14 (Flexible – dictated by students’ maturity levels)
  • Students study the macro environment of a city and its related issues and then will design a (macro-economically) model city with LEGOs. They will research real-world issues that relate to their cities such as finances, traffic congestion, environmental issues, business laws and tax distribution. Students will get ranked on key economic matrices every week and eventually present their model city and plans for urban success to a panel of esteemed members of the community, including local public officials.
Los Altos/ Palo Alto Location
Day/Time:
Thursday Morning: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Dates: Our Fall semester is almost over. We will be posting Fall 2014 dates in Spring 2014.
Pricing: See our Pricing Page for more details 

 

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