George Jackson Academy to be first USA Lasallian school in “I CAN – Design for Change”

George Jackson Academy to be first USA Lasallian school in “I CAN – Design for Change”

“I CAN – Design for Change” is an international school movement created by Kiran Bir Sethi from India and endorsed by the OIEC (Catholic International Education Office), the Educational Commission of USG-UISG (International Union Superiors General), among others. “I CAN – Design for Change” is already being introduced in over 460,000 Catholic Schools across the Globe as an answer to the encyclical letter ‘Laudato Si’’ of Pope Francis and to promote the environmental sustainability of our planet.

George Jackson Academy from Manhattan (NYC) will be the first Lasallian School of the United States to be involved in the international school program “I CAN – Design for Change”. This designation was determined by Br. Martin Montoya, the executive director of International Lasallian Institute for Sustainability of the Environment (ILISE), after meeting with teacher Mr. Zachary Herring, upper school science teacher in this remarkable Lasallian place.

George Jackson Academy was founded in 2003 by Brother Brian Carty in honor of George Jackson, a former Lasallian student of Br. Brian and former president of Motown Records. This academy is a school that frees low-income students from the pressures of the streets and engages young people from low-income families academically in the urban culture of New York City.

The goal of “I CAN – Design for Change” is to empower students to say “I CAN”, put their ideas into action to protect the environment, and inspire others by telling their own stories of change. “I CAN – Design for Change” attempts to achieve this by using four methodology steps: Feel, Imagine, Do, and Share. Following this theme, students from George Jackson Academy will identify and try to engage environmental problems in their classrooms, school, or communities. Students will develop creative solutions that can make a quick impact, and develop a plan of action to affect change. At the end of the program, the students submit their stories to the website of “Design for Change” through text, photos, video, or slideshows.

International Lasallian Institute for Sustainability of the Environment (ILISE) would like to encourage to all Lasallian schools to be involved in this international movement “I CAN – Design for Change”. Since there are almost 1,000 Lasallian schools distributed among 80 countries, we can make a real impact on the world by embracing this methodology!

If you are interested:You can find information about the “I CAN – Design for Change” methodology here:

Click the banner labeled “Select partners” on the Design for Change’s official web page to find your country. Website

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