During the Empathy Warrior Intersession D.tech students are creating products to be used to teach third and fourth grade students how to develop empathy concerning the issues of poverty and homelessness. These products (a game, presentation and parent guide on how to talk with kids about poverty and homelessness) are being designed for Samaritan House. The students are utilizing their "Design Thinking" skills to prototype the products and will present the prototypes today at Samaritan House and then at D.tech. They are amazing students making a difference! The entire class has chosen to continue their work - they are designing passion projects and portfolio pieces all centered around supporting Samaritan House. They will create internships to continue their work.
As a college counselor and consultant I am a firm believer in community service. There is nothing quite like volunteering to help teens mature and discover themselves. The most important step in choosing a "college that fits" is first discovering who you are, how you learn, what you like and what you want. When students are clear on these points, choosing a school becomes a journey of joy. I help students and families work together to find the college or university that will best fit their interests and criteria, challenge them and prepare them for life.