When an American high school makes the commitment to become part of the ASF vision, the student body is asked to consider the following question.
- "If your student body had the chance to found a new community in an unexplored area of the world, what character traits would your student need to ensure that your new society would not only survive, but thrive?"
Utilizing their chosen 13 traits as a compass, students then unite to become activists in bringing about positive, revolutionary change - not only within the four walls of their high school, but throughout their greater school community as well.
How does a participating ASF school define the boundaries of its new symbolic society? The neighborhoods surrounding the participating high school become that portion of America for which the ASF school will take responsibility. This includes the elementary and middle schools that feed into the high school. These schools adopt and promote the same 13 traits elected by each ASF high school. The high school students then become mentors to these younger students in the community.
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