To address global issue of civic disengagement, our proposed solution is Local. Local serves as a digital learning platform for civic engagement. Educators who use Local are given a culturally-competent civics framework, resources for community involvement, and professional development opportunities through developing their technological skill set. By equipping educators with these tools, they play a vital role in encouraging social change among their students and themselves. The embedded civics resources will provide the commonly-missing civics education that students need while pairing their learning with community involvement through strategic partnerships with local organizations.
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. As students become active citizens in their communities, they can scale up their impact and gain functional skills necessary for youth development. Improvement in skills generation is the direct result of generating their own social impact, as young people can learn interpersonal skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving from contributing to their communities. An outcome of tantamount importance is improved educational attainment. Local can revitalize students’ interest in learning in a myriad of ways, through gamification, incentivization, or simply introducing new ways of learning through educational technology, all of which increase the odds of reaching academic milestones.