Vacant Lot Growth Mindset Project

Activity Time:

60 Minutes
Do your students see empty storefronts and vacant lots as eyesores or opportunities? This activity will ensure it is the latter. You’ll use a video to set the scene and then use either sample or real “vacant lots” near your school to inspire students to think about strategies to collaborate, innovate, and benefit their community.

Key Topics

  • Ownership
  • Respect
  • Transformation

Relevant Principles

  • Passion
  • Responsibility
  • Sound Judgment
  • Win-Win Focus

Real-World Concepts

  • Innovation
  • Opportunity Costs

Materials Needed

  • Empowered Vacant Lot Intro Video (Inside Empowered Hub)
  • Empowered Vacant Lot Close Video (Inside Empowered Hub)
  • Empowered Vacant Lot Photos (Inside Empowered Hub)
  • Empowered Vacant Lot PowerPoint (Inside Empowered Hub)
  • PostIt Notes
  • Markers or Colored Pencils
  • (Empowered Currency or Bonds)
Students will learn and explore the opportunity mindset to create value for themselves and others by ideating ways to turn “vacant lots” into useable, community spaces. Concepts like empathy, design thinking, partnering, and more will bring their ideas to life. Enjoy this quick activity? Consider our Vacant Lot PBL Capstone (in the Hub) to go deeper.