According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 1/3 of American high school students, many from low income communities, graduate without such vital applied skills as problem-solving, global awareness, financial literacy, and social responsibility. In evidence, low income students are
To teach the necessary applied skills that can combat the challenging issues faced by today's students, teachers need to start early in elementary school and to be equipped with innovative curriculum and accessible training. (Rotterdam and Willingham, Education Week, Sept 2009).
In a 2007 report compiled by RMC Research, high quality service learning programs were shown to increase K-12 children's academic performance and social and personal skills.
The Opportunity for Social Change
Teaching kids applied skills is vital if they are to succeed in school and life. One Hen's programs teach basic financial literacy but also that success should be married to giving back to help others in need.
Success Story: Hatch Elementary School
One Hen in Regular School Time
4th and 5th graders at Hatch Elementary School in Chicago inspired by the story of One Hen started three social ventures businesses funded by their PTO; a cocoa drink business, a jewelry making business, and a fundraising drive. Their ventures made over $1200 which they donated to fund relief efforts in Haiti and micro entrepreneurs through One Hen's microfinance field partner Opportunity International. Visit http://tinyurl.com/hatchkids to see their story in pictures.