Uniting students with their communities

Students follow a community engagement learning model, where young people learn from their communities — and their communities learn from them.

N4 Joe Slovo

Civic engagement
informed global citizens

Stories are just the start. Students in our program create civic engagement projects that meet local needs, with the potential to go global.

Civic engagement works:

Our civic engagement
projects span the globe

  • South Africa

    Narrative 4 Joe Slovo (Trash to Treasure)

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    LocationJoe Slovo Township,
    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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    Communities servedFamilies and community members in the Nkandla region

    We’re turning trash into treasure in Joe Slovo Township. With this project, residents are exchanging recyclable trash for redeemable vouchers for food and groceries. Not only does this program clean the streets, it puts food on the table for families facing food insecurity.

    We are currently serving about 360 households per week in Nkandla alone, and we have collected more than 1000kgs of plastic bottles, cardboard, and waste.

    Zukiswa Allah, Program Manager, N4 Africa
  • Nigeria

    Hold My Hand

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    DateOctober 2020–Present

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    Cities servedLagos, Abuja, Calabar, Kaduna

    A mentorship program for teens modeled after the Big brother/Big sister programs began nearly a hundred years ago in the West, N4’s second Civic engagement program seeks to pair teenagers with adults of same gender (and often, similar socio-cultural demographics such as ethnicity and religion) for a six-month mentorship program tailored and guided through the following Pillars: Civic action/responsibility, Identity (ethno-religious tolerance and multicultural appreciation), Faith, gendered interpersonal relationships including but not limited to consent, and environmental sustainability.

    I have learned a lot from my mentor. Before now, I never knew for sure what I wanted to do career-wise, but with her help, I am getting to figure things out gradually.
    I am now able to speak and stand up for myself.

    Rukayat Popoola, Mentee, HMH Mentorship program, Lagos.
  • USA

    The Field Exchange

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    LocationThe Bronx, New York,
    and Langley, Kentucky

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    Communities servedHigh school students, (northeast & southeast) U.S.

    University Heights High School in The Bronx, New York, and Floyd Central High School in Langley, Kentucky, may not seem to have much in common. But for the past six years and counting, these visionary high schools have joined forces to break down barriers, build community, and transform empathy into action.

    Although we were from very different places, I felt so comfortable and connected on a level I would never have imagined.

    Sahara, N4 Student, KY, U.S.