We’ve made it past the first stage of a grant competition to provide
funds for our local mapping
work with high school kids. That’s great news, except that now
I have to write a full proposal on short notice. Among other questions,
I need to answer this: "What is unusual about your project?"
We intend to help high school students who are not college-bound to
play leading roles in original scholarly research on a matter of public
importance, and see whether that work increases both their academic
skills and their civic commitment. The topic, which I’ve discussed
here before, is healthy nutrition and exercise and the degree to which
these outcomes are affected by the physical environment.
The Orton Foundation provides a great collection of youth-generated
maps at communitymap.org.