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In the Ravenswood and Sequoia Districts, YCS staff members are combining our YCS service-learning curriculum with the 180° program curriculum.
The 180° program operates on the theory that small changes can yield big results. Their mission is to passionately help youth enhance their lives by accepting personal accountability and to continuously strive toward the goal of achieving their full potential, one degree at a time. 180° believes that there are five key elements to frame all successful journeys. Those key elements have been adopted as the core values of 180°.
The five core value are, (a) character education, (b) core values,(c) 21st century skills,(d)life skills, and, (e) community outreach and engagement.
Students in the program are given the space to critically analyze themselves, chart their journey of social and emotional growth and development, and practice skills learned through classroom, school, virtual, and greater community projects. After students discover and refine themselves they work together as a class to create and carry out a service project.
An important phase of the 180° Program involves the implementation and monitoring of the program and capturing outcome performance data. Program success is measured by students before and after academic performance (GPA's), attendance, documented disciplinary incidents; students, teachers, parents and facilitator surveys measuring rate of progress in character development, core values and life skills.
Studies show that character education and social-emotional learning, such as the 180° curriculum, leads to improved attendance, reduced disciplinary incidents, increased test scores, and improvement in academic achievement. The 180° program, seeks to prepare youth to be truly successful in today's 21st century world.
For more information: 180 Degrees Program