Washington, D.C.– August 13, 2012 - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) - the leading national organization advocating for 21st century readiness for every student, is embarking on a two-year initiative to highlight the importance of civic engagement for students thanks to a $200,000 grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The grant will provide two-year support of P21’s newest initiative on 21st century citizenship.
P21 aims to partner with leading civic learning groups to show that the 21st century skills essential for our workforce’s success are also critical for a thriving and vibrant 21st century democracy. P21 will also utilize the grant to explore the components of what it means to be a 21st century citizen locally, nationally, digitally, and globally through the development of a ‘Guide to 21st Century Citizenship.’
“P21 is grateful that the Hewlett Foundation has recognized the leadership of P21 in the 21st century skills movement and our continued commitment to 21st century readiness which encompasses college, career, and citizenship readiness,” said Lil Kellogg, P21 Chair and VP of Education Networks of America.
P21 and partners will work together to raise public awareness of the importance of civic learning in preparing students for full and constructive participation in 21st century life. The P21 initiative will engage multiple stakeholders including students, parents and families, business leaders, educators, schools, and policymakers on the importance of strengthening efforts to improve civic learning, civic engagement and civic participation for all students. Finally, the grant will help P21 develop a research agenda identifying connections between 21st Century Skills and the 4C’s of Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity and innovation as they relate to improved civic outcomes.
“We share P21’s interest in preparing young people for greater civic engagement,” said Barbara Chow, director of the education program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. “Their work will make an important contribution toward better understanding how to provide students with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed as competitors in the global economy and as active citizens of our democracy.”
P21 is proud to be working collaboratively with The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, our 17 leadership states, and P21 members and partners to highlight civic engagement on multiple fronts as critical to preparing students to lead and succeed in 21st century work, life, and citizenship.
About P21: P21 is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the 3Rs and 4Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation). While leading districts and schools are already doing this, P21 advocates for local, state and federal policies that support this approach for every school.
About The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
P21 Members: Apple Inc., Cable in the Classroom, Cengage Learning, Cisco Systems, Inc., The College Board's Advanced Placement Program (AP), Crayola, EdLeader21, EF Education, Education Networks of America, Follett School & Library Group, Ford Motor Company Fund, Goddard Systems Inc., Hewlett Packard, Intel Corporation, LEGO Group, National Education Association, Pearson Foundation, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, The Walt Disney Company, VIF International Education and Wireless Generation.