In our Mill Creek Project, middle school students explored how their neighborhood evolved, proposed changes, and learned HTML in order to tell their story on the Web. The program forged relationships between university students and inner-city kids and transformed their school.
We need to turn the conversation about children in low-income communities on its head. To speak of intelligence, creativity, and potential rather than poor performance, indifference, and trouble. Community development, environmental restoration, and educational reform must go hand in hand. Youth have a crucial role to play in this process.