The Responsible Citizen badge earner has demonstrated the following assessment criteria:
The learner provides detailed and clear evidence of what they learned about their surrounding community.
The learner shares, through evidence, tangible and detailed ways that they are able to make a difference in their selected communities (this does not have to be a community that they live in).
The learner develops and executes a plan where they engage in responsible and impactful volunteering while ensuring the safeguarding of vulnerable populations—this is shown through clear evidence in multiple forms.
When you complete your badge evidence, you will need to explicitly demonstrate, through a written reflection, how you have attended to each of the above criteria.
Step 1: Learn
Review the resources below:
A variety of causes and starting points through
Without farmers, you’d be hungry, naked, and sober (rural communities)
Other TED talks on community
Step 2: Plan
Plan your project.
- Interview various community members regarding benefits and drawbacks of living in that community
- Conduct a community tour where the community, the community resources, and the neighborhoods are explored
- Volunteer at local animal shelter
- Fundraise to send a child in Africa to school
- Tutor, virtually, a student in the K-12 system in Maine from a school of high poverty
- Plant wildflower gardens to attract bees and other beneficial pollinators
Step 3: Do
- Video, photos, and other multimodal evidence of engaging in community service
- Signed paperwork from supervisor after engaging in community service
- Fundraising flyers, forms, etc.
Step 4: Share
Earn your Responsible Citizen Badge.
Email the staff at the Professional and Career Development Office at Thomas College with your reflections and evidence.