Trinity has been interested in furthering the role our Peer Leaders play not just in the school but in the community. In this new project, currently under development, Trinity will create a program that supports the formation and branding of local Peer Leader Teams, who will undertake finding and making meaningful service opportunities for youth in their communities, in particular encouraging and mentoring their peers who are disengaged an disadvantaged.
Trinity’s Applied Civics project will:
· Take the Leadership Lab social scans, resource and asset mapping a step further by having local Peer Leader teams identify volunteer opportunities in their communities
· Develop and maintain community volunteer bulletin boards made available to guidance, ESL, student success and coop departments
· Engage fellow students in Civics and Careers classes to update the bulletin boards through individual and class challenges
· Create a self-awareness quiz in which youth identify assets, interests, skills, and career aspirations, and line them up with local volunteer opportunities in keeping with their interests
· Become social entrepreneurs. Local Peer Leader teams will create their own meaningful volunteer service projects and, with Trinity’s support and assistance, carry them out throughout the school year
· Make their peers aware of the benefits of meaningful community service, promote local volunteer opportunities and challenge their peers to get involved, through social media, videos, school assemblies and community forums
Trinity will provide training, management and mentoring support, act as both a clearinghouse and lead agent in the creation of local ‘Collective Impact Models’.