The Francis Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning at Hodges University has developed a special program for those working with youth in our community.
The first class in the program, ”Helping Youth Thrive, Not Just Survive,” will be offered on Wednesday, July 23rd from 1:00-4:00pm. Participants will discuss the 40 developmental "building blocks" children need to succeed, and will look at how a young person’s internal and external environment plays a role in who they are, how adults help young people achieve their goals, and how we contribute to their self-confidence. This course takes a positive approach to young people today, and is designed to be fun and interactive. Detailed information packets, and activities, will be provided to enhance the learning experience once the participant is away from the classroom.
The second class, ”Teaching Virtue to Children: Who, How and What?,” will be offered on two successive Fridays, August 1 and 8, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Dr. Leonard Ferenz has developed this program in conjunction with a committee from the Collier County School District. The Florida State Legislature passed a law in 2003 requiring that public schools have a character education program for all grade levels, Pre-K thru 12, that is secular in nature and that emphasizes certain qualities, such as respect, responsibility, honesty, etc. What should such a “program” offer? How should these qualities, or “virtues,” be defined, and how should they be taught? Who should do the teaching? The focal point of the discussions will be the “Circle of Excellence” and other programs currently utilized in Collier County Public Schools.
Anyone who is a parent, a grandparent, a teacher, a coach, a youth worker, or someone who just enjoys interacting with young people will benefit from these classes. Collier County School District Teachers will receive in-service points to apply toward teacher re-certification by attending the programs.
Registration is required for both workshops. For additional information or to register, contact Christine Wheeler at (239) 598-6133, or email at cwheeler@hodges. edu.