Directed by their teacher, Rachael Ibanez, and guided further by mentors provided through the International Mentor Program, some students at Preston Middle School in Fort Collins, Colorado, connect their passion with community service. The juncture of the two is where authentic learning takes place, but having mentors providing encouragement makes all the difference.
“My students are motivated to do ‘real’ work based on the relational connection cultivated with their mentor. They are energized to go the extra mile and have become intrinsically driven to become creative producers, rather than simply chasing the ‘A,’” says Ibanez.
Read more about Ibanez’s students’ projects here. You may be motivated to find your own spark and make a difference in your corner of the world.