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You are here: Home Resources E-Newsletter Archive Fall 2009, Issue IV A "HYP" Internship at Journeys: Working with Healthy Youth Passages

A "HYP" Internship at Journeys: Working with Healthy Youth Passages

Susan Chaney, a student at Antioch University in Seattle, takes on volunteer hours with Healthy Youth Passages -- Journeys' school-based curriculum. Get the update on a rewarding project for private and public schools.

By Susan Chaney, Antioch University

Spring quarter I had the fortunate opportunity to work with Journeys on HYP, Healthy Youth Passages.  I was inspired by Randy Morris who spoke about Journeys' many internship opportunities during a class I was taking at Antioch.  I was interested in working in a non-profit setting, working with middle school aged youth and improving my speaking skills.  HYP was a perfect fit.

I started by learning about HYP’s presentation and rites of passage around the world today.  Taking the presentation into the classroom was very rewarding. It was so encouraging to see young people really thinking about how rites of passage affect culture, and how we are all affected by culture in the world.  It was great to see them really think about what they wanted in their lives and how choice has consequences.  There were many times the questions we asked would evoke a response in the youth that seemed to come from the deep wisdom of ages.

In having a rewarding experience in the classroom, my goal for the HYP program was to help its continuation and make the process easier.  Getting our foot in the door in private and public schools was the most challenging and time consuming part.  From the research we gathered from other similar organizations, we made a plan to submit our presentation in a format showing where HYP meets the EALRs, Washington’s Education Academic Learning Requirements. I have worked to develop a curriculum outline that shows this and the next step is to send the HYP curriculum to surrounding school districts.  Once approved, our presentation materials will go out to each teacher in the surrounding school districts. Hopefully we can be in every social studies and health class.  The hope is that HYP will be receiving more calls and making many more presentations.  This year we reached six schools, three private and three public schools and presented to 280 youth ages 11-18. 

I am so grateful for this experience, thank you Journeys for the enriching opportunity!

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