How does

it work?

Local uses a web and mobile-based platform to gamify civic participation. By leveraging technology and using game-and team-based learning, students are both incentivized and empowered to become active citizens through creating social infrastructure in their communities.


Preparing for

the future


Local is theorized to improve academic abilities and civic engagement beyond the individual level as well. Cooperative learning is bolstered at the classroom level, which is important as social cohesion in learning has been shown to further improve academic abilities above and beyond individual outcomes.

As students become stronger learners, they acquire more necessary life skills, which increases their capacity to have an impact in their communities. Both within and outside of the classroom, social capital is also increased due to better inter-peer learning environments and community involvement among community members. Higher levels of cooperative learning, cultural knowledge, and social capital may spur greater civic participation in the short term.


What does Local provide for students?


Civics education platform


Local events &

learning opportunities


Rewards for participation


Over time, as students continue to engage with Local, they can generate social impact at scale. Once they have reach higher levels of impact within their own neighborhoods, they are allowed to extend their reach to other communities of interest, such as networks of friends who may not attend the same school. It is believable that this impact can accumulate, the culmination of which can create state-, national-, and even international-level social change.

Another long-term effect is youth workforce activation. This is mediated in part by the aforementioned outcome of educational attainment, which improves college readiness and post-secondary school retention rates. As more students are finishing school, they are better equipped to secure employment and continue to be contributing members of society.