Child labor. Fair trade. Immigration.
The third- through seventh-grader students in a World Scholars Program at Chicago’s Village Leadership Academy examine these issues as part of their school curriculum, focused on social justice decision-making and critical thinking skills.
Guiding them in developing these skills are Adler University students. “I am often left speechless by their powerful insights, social awareness, and wise-beyond-their-years responses,” Tessa Foy said. Foy is among six Adler University students devoting their Community Service Practicum (CSP) this spring and summer to working with the World Scholars Program.
The CSP is the Adler University’s unique non-clinical experience for its first-year clinical students. Over six months, they each devote 200 hours to working with community-based organizations like Village Leadership Academy to help advance programs and social justice goals. Through CSP projects, Adler University students in Chicago and Vancouver collectively provided more than 67,000 hours of direct community service last year.
At Village Leadership Academy, the Adler University students work with World Scholars faculty and students, and provide input on social justice components of curriculum development. The World Scholars Program is a year-long afterschool program to develop students as future leaders.
“We’re helping train students to become global leaders,” said Amanda Hofbauer. Like Foy, Hofbauer is a student of the Adler University’s Master of Arts in Couple and Family Therapy program.
For Nakisha Hobbs, principal and co-founder of the Village Leadership Academy, the CSP partnership between the World Scholars Program and the Adler University is mutually beneficial.
“Having Adler University students on site not only influences curriculum development, but also allows us to document and share the work that is happening in the classroom,” she said.
Lauren Eagle, another Adler University Master of Arts in Couple and Family Therapy student completing her CSP at the Academy, said she has “vastly” benefited working with the Academy’s students and faculty, and its diverse learning environment. “My experience at the Academy as a
whole has definitely shaped my future professional approach as a therapist.”
This story with additional photos appears in the summer 2014 issue of Gemeinschaftsgefühl, the Adler University's annual magazine for alumni and friends.
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