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Building a 7-Generation World is a journey from dreams to legacy you can take as an individual, school, organization, or entire community. It begins with dream discovery and, using 7-Generation resources, moves into big-picture action through strategic legacy projects. Dream Bigger, Create Legacy. More about the YOU 177 journey

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Dream Bigger, Create Legacy

YOU 177 is a big-picture journey from dreams to legacy that takes students to a new mental place – and amazing things start growing.

Grounded in a decade of research, it's about a dynamic 7-Generation World that empowers students to achieve more and be more.

This is one of the most important journeys you'll ever take. It will not only inspire students, but also teachers, parents, grandparents and your whole community. It's not a program or curriculum or "one more thing to do." It's an exciting way to do what you're doing bigger and better.



Places of Possibility

Places of Possibility

Take a journey to a new kind of learning in which schools are big-picture places of possibility. In fact, schools and other youth-serving organizations can become places of possibility for all.

YOU 177 builds student thinking and life skills as it supports academic achievement in a broad 21st century context. It gives students an intergenerational support system; helps reduce dropout rates, alienation, and bullying; re-energizes teachers; and mobilizes the active participation of parents, grandparents, and community neighbors.

Developed through a decade of research and field experience, YOU 177 is unlike anything you've done before. It's big, but in a good way. Big makes more possible, opens more opportunities for what really matters.

YOU 177 isn't about doing something new as much as it's about reframing and expanding what you're already doing to make it more effective. YOU 177 puts learning into a powerful big-picture context – the whole of lives across generations in a multilayered, interconnected world.



Meaning and Connection

Lifelong Intergenerational Learning with Meaning and Connection

Do you know what research tells us students, teachers, and parents want most from learning? Meaning and connection.

Young people themselves report that they don't want learning made easy – they want it to mean something. That's when they internalize it. They want to be engaged, provoked, moved, inspired, and they want to make a difference in things that matter to them and in the world. They are ready to dream bigger.

Evidence and sentiment are mounting that rather than test scores, better predictors of student success are engagement and hope. We know the power of project-based learning rooted in the real world, and students agree.

Personal and academic growth happens when students find meaning in what they're learning, in the context of their present and future, and their community and world.

Which brings us to connection. Students need real connections to the real world and to their community. They feel empowered when they can use their voices and their actions to make a difference in their community.

Real and sustained student achievement flourishes when we substantively engage students with big ideas and the big picture of the world around them.

Research also indicates that young people need 4-6 involved, caring adults to fully develop emotionally and socially. They need genuine interest from adults in who they are and what matters to them. Commented one student, "If the adults around me don't care, why should I care?" Meaningful intergenerational connections are often the difference that can make the difference.

While collaboration between students is important, when students collaborate with adults and elders, the dialogue goes deeper.

And connecting with elders, in particular, can teach children and youth the important social skills we may be losing as we engage more with technology and social media.

YOU 177 brings meaning and connection into classrooms to enhance deep learning, whatever the content.



YOU 177 is Evidence-Based

YOU 177 is Evidence-Based

We take a systems approach influenced by academic research in life course, behavioral psychology, neuroscience, lifelong learning, intergenerational relationships, health, community building, systems design, history, and ecology.

YOU 177 integrates the important education work of Carol Dweck; Michael Fullan; Shane Lopez; David Yeager; John Holt; James Stigler and James Hiebert; Roland S. Barth; Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III and Mark A. McDaniel; The Intergenerational School; and The Intergenerational Center at Temple University.

Dream Bigger, Create Legacy.



Discover Your Pathway


YOU 177 Youth/Schools Pathway

YOU 177 is a journey from dreams to legacy. That means expanding what you believe is possible and focusing on what really matters. It means seeing things in new ways and making new connections.

The precise pathway and pace of the journey is different for different schools and learners. The pathway is generally a spiral that circles back on ideas in a richer context every time. We work with you to evolve your path, weaving YOU 177 into who you are and what you do – in the classroom, in clubs and afterschool, as part of service learning, and more.

The journey starts in dreams. What's your dream? That's a big question. It reaches into the core of who a person is and what means something to them. And research shows that students who are able to explore their dreams for their own life, their community and our world achieve greater academic and personal success. You can't move forward effectively unless you have a clear, compelling vision of where you want to go.

Schools spark deeper dialogue with a Dream Discovery presentation and school visit by Susan V. Bosak, educator and Head Dreamer at the Legacy Project, which led the development of YOU 177. You use the award-winning book Dream as a tool that inspires all ages and provides the first stepping stones for your YOU 177 journey.

You can choose to use a dream theme for your school year. We have a number of examples of cross-curricular literacy and goal-setting activities. YOU 177 supports any curriculum by bringing greater relevancy, connection, depth and higher-level thinking to what's being taught in the classroom.

Using 7-Generation Thinking resources, the journey starts to spiral bigger and bigger. An important step in the journey is students, teachers, parents/grandparents and other local elders creating and discussing Dream Stars that share the dreams of all ages. In these connections across generations lies a powerful catalyst for bigger thinking. Intergenerational activity and event ideas, including the annual Listen to a Life Contest, can start to build authentic community intergenerational connections.

The Possibilities Are Exciting

Then the journey moves into creating legacy. We create legacy from the moment we're born. It's either a burden or a gift, drags us down or pulls us up. Legacy is the most important parts of who you are, the parts that stand the test of time. Your legacy is your small contribution to the evolution of the world. It's the most powerful – and often overlooked – dimension of your lifetime. When students feel their legacy, they feel their power in their own life and in the world.

Aspirations become action in a big-picture context through strategic legacy projects. Legacy projects aren't "projects" in the ordinary sense. Ultimately your whole school, and each life in it, becomes a "legacy project" in process. Legacy projects are the building blocks of a new 7-Generation World, calling on intellect, empathy, and creativity – each essential to meet 21st century challenges.


Dream Bigger, Create Legacy. Join us on the leading edge of education innovation. Contact the Legacy Project at 1-800-772-7765 or e-mail us. For updates on YOU 177, follow the Legacy Project on Twitter and sign up for our e-newsletter.


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