CCL supports deep, authentic, and sustained learning through partnership among employers and community partners, teachers, and students. These systemic and scaffolded series of learning experiences support learners as they move from basic problem solving to more complex and contextualised interdisciplinary project-based learning and eventually to exploration of authentic industry challenges through challenge-based learning (Ford NGL).
CCL draws on a long tradition of practices focused on supporting students to explore social issues, cultivate civic knowledge, build collaborative and leadership skills, and develop their identity as changemakers no matter what career path they choose to follow. Changemaking (Ashoka) – also known as youth social action – is a critical component to CCL. It refers to the many activities that young people can lead to make a positive difference in their communities (iWill).