There’s no denying the vast amount of research making the strong case that 21st Century Skills and social and emotional learning are critical when it comes to educating today’s youth. Due to the nature of our constantly-changing world, it’s not enough to teach children basic skills anymore – students need to learn how to harness creativity in a variety of ways that help them with critical thinking, problem-solving, relationship management, and decision-making, just to name a few essential skills.
At Creative Action, our vision is this: When youth develop their creativity, compassion, confidence, and critical thinking skills, and build meaningful connections with peers and positive role models, they become successful adults who contribute to their communities and thrive in their careers and relationships.
By using our specially-designed creative curriculum, which incorporates pedagogy, methodology and research from a variety of best practices in arts education, youth development, and education, we develop what we call “4C” students – Creative Artists, Courageous Allies, Critical Thinkers and Confident Leaders.
So what does it actually mean to be a 4C student? Here, we break down the skills our students develop after participating in our programs:
Critical Thinkers think through problems and find solutions. They are curious about the world and actively question and engage to understand diverse perspectives. They analyze text and media for greater understanding and reflect upon their experiences to learn.
Courageous Allies recognize injustice, hate, and discrimination and decide to do something about it. They reach out to others and help everyone feel welcome. They empathize with others and believe all people have equal rights. They show respect for everyone.
Confident Leaders understand when to lead and when to step back. They listen attentively to others and communication their ideas clearly. They set goals and help everyone achieve. They learn from their mistakes and build upon their successes.
Creative Artists experience a variety of art forms. They develop an appreciation of all different types of art. They can express their thoughts and feelings through creative projects and learn a multitude of artistic skills. They work on creative projects both together and on their own. They try new things and actively create their world.