LOUISIANA, LET’S WORK TOGETHER.
To prepare students for college, careers, and achievement beyond the classroom.
To deconstruct the four walls of learning, unleash potential, and manifest infinite possibilities in every student.
To create momentum with real-world mentorships that turns students into problem-solvers who nurture nature and foster harmonious futures.
Through the lens of social equity and environmental sustainability, we engage real-world mentors to help students create a more harmonious world by engaging in community projects and work-based learning experiences.
Real World. Real Work.
We challenge our students to become resilient through a deep understanding and appreciation of our ecology—an interconnectedness of people, land, air, and water that prepares students for college, careers, and beyond. To achieve our mission, we need partners and professionals, mentors who can visualize possibilities, polish potential, and pay it forward with opportunities for personal growth and educational enrichment.
SEE THE WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT
YEAR 1: FRESHMEN IN THE FIELD
An introduction to community-based learning through “Leaving to Learn” imparts a deep understanding of society and appreciation of the environment while gaining exposure to career opportunities through volunteer work, fieldwork, and site visits.
Thursday. Students visit your work site to learn about your work and how it supports social and environmental sustainability.
YEAR 2: SOPHOMORE SUSTAINERS
Collaborative service-learning projects to address needs within our community. Students will apply human-centered design skills to support innovative efforts focused on people, the planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership. These projects are led by a New Harmony teacher and community partners with expertise, work experience, or an interest in addressing a community need that aligns with the UN SDGs.
Thursday. You work with a New Harmony advisor and advisory cohort to identify a need in our community, develop a plan, and execute a service project to address that need. This could be done through your current employment within an organization or as a separate project.
YEAR 3: JUNIOR PARTNERS WITH A PURPOSE
Social connections are strengthened by working with professionals and developing aptitude and poise to pursue our career interests through mentor relationships.
Thursday. You share the ins and outs of your work life with a student, creating an opportunity for them to engage in real-world projects, develop practical skills, gain valuable interpersonal skills, and build a social network.
YEAR 4: CAPSTONE CAPTAINS
A culminating experience that challenges each student to answer the central question: How can we build a more equitable, resilient, and environmentally sustainable community? Under the guidance of a mentor, we employ our project management training by preparing, planning, and executing a community-impact project.
Flexible Schedule. You collaborate with a student to support in initiating, planning, and executing a project that makes a measurable community impact.
Community Engagement & Career Exploration Program
About the Program: Connecting academics with real-world learning, where students meet, observe, explore, and gain insight into a variety of industries and career sectors, fostering professional relationships while developing interpersonal skills paramount to successful lives.
Sessions: Every Thursday
Hours per session: 4+ hours per day (Actual hours may be flexible)
Dates: Oct. 21, 2021 – Feb. 24, 2022 (One day per week for 14 weeks)
Students receive academic credit for each of the aforementioned work-based learning experiences (WBLEs). Internships are educational opportunities for which students receive academic credit, and these opportunities can be paid or unpaid WBLEs at host site discretion.