We have Real World Learning as part of the curriculum at Mile High Academy. However, our hope is that once students have experienced the RWL model they will apply it in their own lives.
For one MHA student this meant pursuing her passion for law. A couple weeks ago, seventh-grader, Elise, applied and got into the Denver District Attorney’s Office Youth Advisory Council. Elise, wants to be a lawyer someday. Deciding it’s never too early to begin researching her future career, she decided the Council was a good way to go. The Council’s mission is “To discuss issues regarding juvenile justice, youth-centered public safety and ways to improve the system.”
Working directly for the Denver DA, Beth McCann, Elise is part of a group of young people ages 11-18 who come together to review policies, discuss current issues, and make their voice heard.
Elise is engaged in making change in her community because she cares. As she sees it, “it’s all of us coming together with different points of view, maybe seeing things from a new perspective, but with one purpose, to make change.”
When students see how engaging in real world learning means engaging in real world change they just may find a real world passion.