Delivering innovative service learning programming to inspire generations of youth to take action for causes that resonate with them and directly benefit local and international communities.
Being raised by two dedicated teachers, Craig adopted an early appreciation for the importance of education and its power to inspire change on a global scale.
That’s why he and his team created the WE Schools and WE Teachers programs, which established innovative programs designed to inspire generations of youth to take action for causes that resonated with them, leading many to volunteer for the first time in their lives.
The programs were designed to enhance a school or community's existing social initiatives or spark new ones by providing teachers with educational resources and action campaigns to encourage students to further their curricular learning and develop social and emotional skills to succeed beyond the classroom.
The programs have supported over 160,000 educators who worked with students to turn the tide on declining civic engagement by inspiring the next generation to support more than 5,000 causes and log 40 million hours of volunteer service.
Youth mental health was also a significant element underpinning the programs. For example, through a partnership with Mental Health of America, teachers are supported through a no-cost program that ensures that every teacher in every school has access to the educational tools and training they need to set them and their students up for future success. Tools include issues-based lesson plans and more to help students take action on local and global issues while building skills like resilience, empathy and problem-solving.
Collectively, these programs enabled youth and families to better the world—supporting local and global causes by volunteering millions of hours of service and raising millions of dollars that directly benefit their local communities and the world.
In order to prepare students for college, the AP with WE Service program supplies structure, guidance, and resources to Advanced Placement teachers who integrate service-learning into their curricula.
Through AP with WE Service a network of over 2 million students around the world have the opportunity to engage in service-learning activities to strengthen their understanding of AP course content, using what they’re learning to tackle real-life local and global social issues.