The Season of Showcaseis our time at the end of a semester when our youth 'teach-back' what they have learned in their 10-week long Career Enrichment Projects in a culminating product, presentation or performance. This semester, led by volunteer professionals, affectionately known as Community Teachers, our middle school youth have learned Environmental Science, Police Academy, Law, Cosmetology, Music Production, Emerging Chefs & More.
Winter Learning Showcase Highlights
Emerging Chefs Farm to Table Dinner
On Saturday, December 11th, youth from our Emerging Chefs project hosted a winter-themed 5-course dinner at The Little Grill Collective for 40 guests. Youth led all aspects of the sold out dinner from preparing the meal (it was delicious!) to hosting & serving to cleaning the dishes. It truly was a night to remember!
A huge shout out to our presenting sponsors, The Little Grill Collective and the Friendly City Food Co-op, for their support.
On Tuesday, December 13th, youth argued a Mock Trial in front of a real judge and jury in the Circuit Courthouse in downtown Harrisonburg. The Mock Trial is the culminating event to a 10-week legal Career Enrichment Project. This group of middle school youth learned trial advocacy skills against the backdrop of a mock civil case, led by a small team of local attorneys.
The case, Gonzalez v. City of Bostonia, involved Teresa Gonzalez who was injured after falling into an open manhole. She claims that the City of Bostonia was negligent in leaving the manhole uncovered while the City claims that Teresa was negligent herself because she was texting while walking.
Special thanks to all who made this project possible: Attorney Community Teachers, Clerk of the Court Chaz W. Haywood and court staff, Judge Eldridge IV, Jury Members, and our financial sponsors (Grant D. Penrod, Lenhart Pettit & Wilson Law PLC).
On Thursday, December 15th, more than 125 people gathered for our feature Learning Showcase at Skyline Middle School. The Learning Showcase is our semi-annual event where we come together as a community to celebrate our young people and their learning and leadership 'beyond the bell.'
Our youth featured what they learned in their fall Career Enrichment Projects in a culminating product, performance or presentations. Youth demonstrations included Environmental Science, Police Academy, Cosmetology, Music Production, Sports Leadership, Coding, Photography, Makerspace, Debate & Robotics.
A huge shout out to all our volunteer Community Teachers who shared their time, passion and gifts with our young people over the last 10 weeks.
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