Belonging to a community involves social engagement and participation. Part of the Positive Action methodology emphasizes healthy relationships in all areas of a student’s life, including the community. Positive Action prepares students to be active participants in their community and reinforces student behaviors that create healthy communities.
Lessons in civics come in many forms. Positive Action lessons include themes and topics that directly benefit students' community relationships and civic standing. Positive Action students learn concepts and strategies to resolve conflicts in their personal lives, and the same skills benefit the community at large.
Positive actions are taught in the context of community by using the Climate Development Kits. Students learn how both their positive and negative actions affect other people, as well as themselves. The Community Kit offers a solid plan and specific strategies for providing role models, mentors, volunteers, and decision-makers to work with students.
Elementary students are taught decision-making skills, learn teamwork and planning, and discover how to mobilize their high creative energy to tackle big projects. Students who learn and achieve these competencies are more prepared for functioning as productive, healthy citizens.
Middle school students also learn peace-keeping activities and address the issues of diversity in positive, proactive ways. Students learn that what they can do together is much greater than what they can achieve on their own. They are encouraged to participate in community service, to pay attention to local issues, and to learn how to solve problems by working with teachers, parents, and community leaders.
High school students learn how their own lives can affect those around them, including their community. These lessons and activities prepare students for college and adulthood through role-playing and introspection.
Positive Action prepares all students to be engaged citizens, care about their community, and contribute time and energy to local causes.