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"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."

- R. Buckminster Fuller

We are seeking youth who are passionate about evolving a better future and ready to engage in real-world projects to bring measurable improvement toward issues that matter to them and their communities. 

Join a network of peers, researchers, and educators working together to transform education, economics, and society with Prosocial, a powerful set of evidence-informed design principles based upon humanity's natural instincts for cooperation.

All school types, including self-directed learners welcome. 

Who:

  • Volunteer Co-Design Fellows, ages 18-25. 

  • Youth teams, age 14-25, anywhere in the world. 

  • Volunteer adult mentors.  

  • Prosocial Schools coordinators. 

 

What:

  • Co-Design Fellows prepare the corps for launch and eventual transfer to peer to peer youth leadership.

  • Youth teams participate in a global online training network with four components.​

  • Volunteer mentors help local teams with component #3, applying/doing Prosocial. 

Youth Corps - four components:

  1. Learning/understanding Prosocial (and adjacent concepts and theories). 

  2. Learning community science methodologies / design based research.

  3. Applying/doing Prosocial toward school and/or community improvement.

  4. Evolving/governing the Youth Corps. 

Co-Design Fellows:

To support a perennial peer to peer youth led movement, we will solicit and convene teams of youth to oversee the integration of all four components, their evolution and gradual transfer to youth leadership. This will require a discrete schedule of meetings to actively shape the aims, experience and impact of the Youth Corps itself.

Co-Design Fellowships may vary in length from 3 weeks - 15 weeks. Fellows may participate in multiple generations. 

Running Estimate:

  • 5 May 2021. First generation (1G) Co-Design Fellowship begins. 3 weeks. 

  • 26 May 2021. Second generation (2G) Co-Design Fellowship begins. 3 weeks.  

  • Summer 2021 (TBA). Third generation (3G) Co-Design Fellowship begins. 12 weeks. 

  • Summer 2021 (TBA). Fourth generation (4G) Co-Design Fellowship begins. 12 weeks. 

  • 15 October 2021. Youth Corps officially launches. Open, emergent, evolving enrollment. 

  • January 2022. Fifth generation (5G) Co-Design Fellowship begins. Weeks TBD. 

Applying/doing Prosocial
The science of Prosocial is complex. By using a tool that embodies the science of Prosocial while advancing issues that youth care deeply about, we are able to create project tracks that foster collective learning and action, which may lead to effective learning communities or guilds. 

Tools that support project tracks or guilds (in descending complexity):

Getting started

  • Co-Design Fellows register here

  • Teams for the Youth Corps register with their mentors [link TBD].

  • At this time, all participants should have the ability to attend training in English and online.

  • Youth under 16 must have parent permission.

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