P21 to Study Student Civic Engagement with Hewlett Grant

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has donated $200,000 to The Partnership for 21st Century Skills to fund a program that will highlight the importance of civic engagement to students. The two-year initiative will allow P21 to continue its mission of advocating 21st century readiness to the youth and leaders around the world.

P21 will use the Hewlett Foundation grant to partner with both business and civic groups to prove that the skills necessary to succeed in a 21st century business environment are also vital to ensure a vibrant democracy. Some of the funding will also go to drawing up the blueprint for being a 21st century citizen, on both the local and the global level, and to release the resulting document as a booklet titled "Guide to 21st Century Citizenship."

"P21 is grateful that the Hewlett Foundation has recognized the leadership of P21 in the 21st century skills movement and our continued commitment to 21st century readiness which encompasses college, career, and citizenship readiness," said Lil Kellogg, P21 Chair and VP of Education Networks of America.

The main thrust of the initiative is to raise awareness among youth today of what will be demanded of them as citizens in the future. P21 and its partners will work to make sure that today's young people understand the importance of civic learning in becoming full stakeholders in the country's and world's destiny. But P21 isn't only targeting students. It will also work with other stakeholders including families and parents, business leaders, educators and policy makers in order to raise the level of civic engagement.

The final goal of the program is to develop a research agenda to identify connections between 21st Century Skills and the 4C's: critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration and creativity.

"We share P21's interest in preparing young people for greater civic engagement," said Barbara Chow, director of the education program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. "Their work will make an important contribution toward better understanding how to provide students with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed as competitors in the global economy and as active citizens of our democracy."

In a press release announcing the grant, P21 expressed gratitude to the Hewlett Foundation for providing the funding to pursue this exciting and useful opportunity.

08 16, 2012
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