Over the last few weeks 20 of the Anaheim BRΩS have collaborated with OCCCO to develop a hyper local youth oriented Civic Engagement curriculum. This is a welcomed collaboration for Mayor Tait and the City of Anaheim as well as Mike Matsuda (Anaheim Union High School District Superintendent) both of whom worked diligently to make Anaheim a P21 (Partnership for the 21st Century) city and a P21 High School District. Which ensures access to a whole curriculum relevant to the world and teaches the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity). In fact Anaheim is the first district in the nation to adopt P21 into its curriculum. The BROS and their advisor Ryan Ruelas have been instrumental in organizing Anaheim High School students and developing them into leaders in their community. The Anaheim Civic Youth Curriculum builds off the past success and covers five general areas:
1. Active Citizenship
2. Civics 101
3. Transformative Leadership
4. Knowing the Issue
5. Taking Action
With generous support from the ACT (Accelerating Change Together) Grant the curriculum is being developed to increase civic engagement and participation among Anaheim's most at-risk youth. Grounded in the Anaheim Civic Youth Baseline Survey, the curriculum seeks to educate youth with an introduction to civics and how the government works, it also seeks to influence current attitudes towards voting and participation and provide opportunities for youth to become civically engaged in Anaheim through experiential learning.
The results of the survey will be presented as "The State of Civic Engagement of Anaheim's Youth Report" at press conference preceding the Anaheim Youth Summit that will take place July 30 - 31st from 2-7pm both days at Anaheim High School's Cook Auditorium. The Summit hopes to draw close to 200 youth from across Anaheim and launch a movement of young, active and civically engaged youth in Anaheim. OCCCO is very grateful to ACT for making this work possible and to all BROS Super Heroes that made it all happen.