Civic engagement can help teens thrive later in life

At The Lotus School, students participate in various ways in civic activities. This year we helped a shelter with a supply drive, worked with the church group, in Ottsville,with their biannual rummage sale. The students participate in student government, and all get a chance to add to an agenda, speak up for their views with the group and enact change on a very local level. The students also know that the health of our community is in their hands and that kindness to each other and to ourselves is the way to keep it thriving!

“We know from past research that taking part in civic activities can help people feel more connected to others and help build stronger communities, but we wanted to know if civic engagement in adolescence could enhance people’s health, education level and income as they become adults,” said Parissa J. Ballard, Ph.D., assistant professor of family and community medicine at Wake Forest Baptist and principal investigator of this 2018 study.  sciencedaily

The answer they found was yes.

“Parent, family, and community involvement in education correlates with higher academic performance and school improvement. When schools, parents, families, and communities work together to support learning, students tend to earn higher grades, attend school more regularly, stay in school longer, and enroll in higher level programs.” parent involvement asset from NEA.org