Responsible Citizenship
“In today’s times, providing a curriculum and programs that allow students and faculty to challenge their assumptions, engage with others in the broader community and push their boundaries of understanding and empathy has never been more important. I am grateful for the JK-12 impact the Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship has on our learners."
Sara Boisvert
Director, Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship
Responsible Citizenship Team

Our Mission

Responsible Citizenship at Collegiate empowers engaged, contributing citizens by nurturing students’ compassion, creativity and purpose.
The mission of the Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship is to empower engaged, contributing citizens by nurturing students' compassion, creativity, and purpose. The School's promise is to nurture and equip its students as scholars, citizens and leaders. The mission of the Institute and promise of Collegiate are actualized through collaborations with faculty and integration of programs in JK-grade 12 that build the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for today's and tomorrow's world, through the identified areas of  Global Engagement, Inclusion, Economic Literacy, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, Ethics, and Civic Engagement.  

Through the Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship, Collegiate supports and creates opportunities for the myriad ways individuals engage responsibly and compassionately with others. Just as there are many lenses through which we see the world and our place in it, The Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship encourages our community to see that there are many lenses through which one can take action to make a better world. 

Students in each division of our School exemplify their understanding of and growth in the tenets of these areas by participating in a culminating capstone program. Our 4th Graders participate in Envision Collegiate, our 8th Graders participate in Envision Richmond and our 12th Graders participate in Envision Your World.

Ignite - Responsible Citizenship Blog

Ignite offers insight into how our programs come to life in Collegiate's curriculum, highlighting various examples of student projects and faculty reflections across the seven identified areas.

List of 3 news stories.

  • Trina Clemans, CSEI Director, shares an overview of the program during virtual final presentations on Friday, July 31

    Cochrane Summer Economic Institute Is A Virtual Success For 2020

    High school students from around the Richmond region collaborated with area organizations and implemented design thinking strategies to develop strategic solutions for those partners during the 43rd Annual, and the first virtual, Cochrane Summer Economic Institute (CSEI).
  • CSEI 2020 Reimagines the Future of Work

    Much like organizations around the world, Cochrane Summer Economic Institute (CSEI) has gone remote and consists of a disparate workforce. For the month of July, twenty-six rising high school seniors from 10 Richmond area schools are leveraging online and cloud-based technology to problem solve for CSEI partner organizations. CSEI is a community outreach program funded, in part, by the Powell Economic Education Foundation administered by Collegiate School’s Powell Institute for Responsible Citizenship.
  • Collegiate Mentoring Program Begins Third Year

    Sixteen Collegiate School students this week are participating in Trailblaze, a job shadowing program established to connect rising seniors with professional experiences beyond the classroom.
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