Tuesday, May 17, 2016

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Margaret Jenkins and Trevor Corboy from the OSU Extension Program and Look to Clermont (LTC). LTC is a “place-based” youth leadership program for high school students that partners with local organizations to foster relationship pathways to emergent careers. The theory of place-based education is to have young people go different places in order to prepare them for the future.

The goal of LTC is to prepare teens for leadership roles in both work and family life today and into the future while encouraging young talent to remain in or return to their local communities to work and life. Their model is being considered for use in other parts of the state. Students get into LTC on recommendation of their high schools or by responding to an ad placed in the newspaper.

Key features of the program:
  • A call to action and teambuilding day where they tour parts of our county to learn about our history, agriculture, civic engagement and education.
  • They learn personal finance, safety and justice, community development, envisioning the future and leadership skills.
  • All students earn college credit and continually return to the community in which they live and work.

A few challenges they face:
  • Navigating the College Credit Plus program
  • Long-term sustainable funding (roughly $500 per day)
  • Emergent and rotating place-based learning strategies
  • Utilization of university online learning platform.

For more information contact Margaret Jenkins jenkins.188@osu.edu 513-732-7070

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