Thirteen apprenticeships undertaken by our middle schoolers this March 2019
At the Forest School our walls are “porous”—which means that learning happens both inside and outside of our walls.
Apprenticeships at The Forest School are an example of real-world learning that occurs both on- and off-campus. Heroes (our term for students) are challenged to seek an apprenticeship doing something they are interested in to help them on their way in finding a calling that will change the world. Learners are expected to complete an apprenticeship every year they are in the Middle School Studio.
Guardrails for apprenticeships:
This is a Hero-led experience. It is ok for a Hero to ask a parent for contacts and connections, but all communication should come from the Hero.
This is a 40-hour apprenticeship. Heroes will be expected to complete their apprenticeships during the week of March 18-22, 2019. Heroes are free to split their hours between multiple apprenticeships if they so desire, but will be responsible for going through all of the steps (see below) for each one.
These are individual apprenticeships - no Hero can perform the same role at the same place at the same time as another learner. The reason is that this is an authentic work experience, and not a school project. Heroes must rely on what they themselves bring to these opportunities.
Heroes may explore additional apprenticeships throughout the year if: they are ahead on their badge plans or if they secure an apprenticeship over a break/summer.
In March 2019, our middle school learners tackled the following 13 apprenticeships for their Apprenticeship Quest:
IT at Nelson
Co-founder of Storyfirst Studios
Director of Operations, Mass Collective
Pet Care Assistant, Animal Medical Clinic
Medical Missionary at Frontline Missions
Founder of Alo Farms
VP of Production, Pinewood Atlanta Studios
CEO of Kenna Group, USA
Championship Martial Arts, Peachtree City
Dr. Tyler Thigpen
Partner at Transcend
Founder of Glamorama Beauty Shop
Ticketing/Sales for Atlanta Hawks
Chief International Flight Dispatcher for Delta