Caroline Allam

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"You guys have always done this stuff for us. It's our town. We're the ones that are going to have to run the town after you old guys are gone. We ought to get a shot at making some deicisions about the future (Lysen 1992, p. 8).

This strong sentiment came from a Bath Junior High School student who was working with peers, teachers, scientists, and other community members to conduct water quality tests on the Kennebec River in Maine. The statement reflects the desire and willingness of young people to work together, to assume responsibility and stewardship for their communities and to acquire the knowledge and skills for informed decision making and citizenship. And it represents our collective hope for millions of other young adolescents.


Allam, C. (1995). Creating a School and Community Culture to Sustain Service Leaming In C.W. Kinsley and K. McPherson (Eds.), Enriching the Curriculum Through Service Learning (36-42). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.