Monday, September 21, 2015

The Human Services Academy

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, we feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.

This week’s cool idea is the Human Services Academy, the first intergenerational career-based program in Wisconsin, annually enrolling over one-hundred students.

(Check our archives for parts 1-60.)

Human Services Academy is unique in its opportunities for student involvement in the daily activities of community non-profit agencies.

The mission of the Academy is to create a lasting bond between generations while providing an education to youth in a quality intergenerational learning environment.

This hands-on classroom is located in a building shared with Child Care Centers of Marshfield-Tiny Tiger and Companion Day Services.

In the Marshfield Human Services Academy, education is a shared responsibility among students, teachers, parents, and the community.

Alliances have been created with individuals and agencies in our community using the talents, resources and expertise of many to create rigorous and relevant learning experiences for students.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration.

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