Stage Three: Taking Action
The Taking Action stage sees students looking to make a positive impact on their communities. This should move beyond the traditional act of running a fundraiser (although this can make a good action depending on the chosen topic) and instead see the students getting their hands dirty and disseminating their learning among their peers and community.
The Taking Action stage reinforces the real-world learning that is inherent in the Kids Teaching Kids journey. Students should be encouraged to think about everyday things they can do or change in order to make an impact on their surrounding environment.
An action can be as big or as small as the group wishes it to be, however, it seems that the more powerful actions are grounded in the local community. By focusing on their own backyards, students are able to see the difference they have made and also bring positivity to their local area.
There is no such thing as an insignificant action!
Big or small, every action makes a positive impact on the environment. Often students can become caught up in the idea of making a massive change or set themselves unreasonable goals during the action stage. We encourage students and teachers to look to their own community to enact change and to remember that the longest lasting impact is often started by the smallest adjustments. For example, if looking at water inequality in the world, make sure that your own school is doing everything possible not to waste water and understands the importance of conservation. Think local in order to act global!