GENYOUth counts elevating the student voice among the most important things we do across our programs and initiatives. Students participate alongside with corporate and wellness leaders in our programs and events, and we continue to look for ways to solicit and apply their feedback to our development process.
We do this because as a nonprofit dedicated to child health, we believe that making changes in the school environment won't endure unless there's student buy-in. While we know from experience that simply giving students the chance to share and receive recognition for their ideas can be a reward in itself, we still have a lot to learn about intrinsic rewards that connect learning and performance achievement to something beyond traditional grades.
As more press and information becomes available for Open Badges (through Mozilla), we're curious about how this system of badges could potentially flourish in the K-12 school environment for not only classroom learning, but also for student-driven innovation that ties learning to physical activity.