Community Minded Kids (CMK) is a primary school based program that aims to foster community minded thinking in children. It fosters collaborative relationships between the student, school, family and community to promote civic participation and community well-being. This program is designed for Stage 3 students (ages 9-12). It can and may extend to students in Stage 2, and with some adjustments can be suitable for children with special needs and diverse abilities.
This program will inspire community-minded thinking in children and help create a shift from a “me” generation into a “we” generation. By learning about community building and volunteering, children will feel empowered to act and participate in citizen-driven community efforts. Children who live in communities considered disadvantaged and often negatively perceived can start to feel a sense of pride and connection to communities through developing a ‘treasure hunt’ mentality of seeking the positive aspects (assets) of their communities, their culture and their connections.
Children are empowered to feel that they can make a difference in their community.
This program is designed to educate and engage children in community centred thinking and living. Inspiring young minds to become more community minded in all areas of their life to ultimately create resilient, resourced and well-connected communities.