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An overview of project-based learning and a look at the benefits that authentic projects offer students and communities.

Project Kickoff

Good projects engage student interest and inspire curiosity. Learn how to kick off your project effectively.

Learning by Doing

In this phase, students construct their own learning while adults facilitate and build relationships with youth.


Students share their learning with authentic audiences during Showtime — the culmination of a project. Watch what happens when kids become experts.

Civic Learning and Engagement

Students conduct projects, collaborating with government and other partners, to get involved in civic life and create positive change for their communities.

Learn More Library

Visit the Learn More Library to find links to numerous external resources including videos, lesson plans, publications and more.

My Notebook

Project-Based Learning

The Notebook is a useful way to jot down notes as you go through the various topics available on the You For Youth website. If you'd like to use the notebook, please sign in if you already have an account or register now to join the Y4Y community!


Project-Based Learning