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The Reciprocity Project journey in school design learned that schools are the missed opportunity for community development. In this paradigm shift, we ask what the community needs are, and with the community, build institutions that can serve those needs. Our work is rooted in reciprocal relationships, and in this model, rather than be a product, reciprocity is a process of listening to a community-driven vision of the purpose of schools’ outcomes, making the community healthier and more prosperous.

Session Learning Outcomes:

  1. Analyze how the upstream strategies of the public health sector apply to high schools that are designed to make communities healthier and more prosperous.
  2. Design schools in a community development model through the expertise of the community to make young people leaders who make their communities better places to live.
  3. Formulate ways that community-based assets and local wisdom can become the guiding vision of student learning.


  • Moneka Stevens, Future Focused Education
  • Oscar Santos, Center for Collaborative Education
  • Samantha Diaz, Pillsbury United Communities
  • Miguel Angel Acosta, EarthCare
  • Orlando Perilla, Harbor Point Community Task Force