Young people are faced with a multitude of challenges and opportunities as they travel on the path toward adulthood. Citizen University learning modules help mentors and their mentees to proactively learn about the best ways to handle life’s challenges and opportunities. Most importantly, they provide ways for mentors and mentees to talk about and take action on the important things going on in the young person’s life.
Learning modules apply the Thinking / Feeling / Doing Learning System. This system guides mentors and mentees through cognitive (Thinking) processes that help them understand a particular module topic – what it is, why it is important, and how to apply learning successfully. Affective (Feeling) processes help to surface feelings and attitudes about issues related to the topic. Practical application (Doing) processes serve to provide first-hand experience with a topic and build confidence and solidify learning.
Modules are designed to be self-directed – they contain all the information necessary for mentors and mentees to work through them together.
The Citizen University curriculum is structured according to three developmental and educational stages in a young person’s life. Each stage presents unique opportunities and challenges for intellectual, social, and emotional development. Recognizing the importance of these three developmental areas, the learning modules are designed to help kids grow and acquire the skills and character traits necessary to be good citizens and make the transition into adulthood.