Thank you for your interest in Thrive City’s mini-course, Experiencing Seattle: From Failing to Thriving, offered at Scriber Lake High School.
Before applying, read below for answers to common questions about Experiencing Seattle.
What do you mean by Experiencing?
When we say “Experiencing” Seattle, we mean much more than just seeing the sites and going places. We’ve categorized the region into five topics and focus on one of those each day. We believe that the richest part of experiencing our city is the people who make it what it is, so that’s what drives the “Experience” of this course. In short, it’s all about getting to know local people, businesses, and resources.
Is it all about the city of Seattle?
When we say Experiencing “Seattle,” we reference our city the same way you would if you traveled to Italy and someone asked you where you’re from. Note: You probably wouldn’t say Edmonds, Lynnwood, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, or Everett because no one has heard of our little towns. In short, “Seattle” is a quick reference to the Pacific Northwest or Puget Sound area. Our focus of the mini-course includes much more than the city of Seattle. We’ve featured places as far south as the Museum of Flight near Tukwila; sometimes we head west by ferry to Port Townsend and Bremerton or north to Whidbey Island; and we always enjoy heading over to the eastside, especially Kirkland, to hang with our friends at KTUB.
Are there field trips all week?
While Experiencing Seattle does include lots of traveling and field trips, we want you to know up front that there is a deeper level to the whole experience. That’s where From Failing to Thriving comes in. We’ll call it FFTT for short. FFTT is an in-depth look at what it takes to go From Failing to Thriving in our lives. We’re real about the fact that life isn’t always roses and sunshine. Some times we hit bumps along the way, and sometimes those bumps feel like bulldozers that can knock us right off our feet. FFTT is all about tucking away some tools for tackling those challenges when they come our way, rather than feeling defeated. Each day we explore a few Key Points related to the five stages of FFTT while we hear from local folks about what helped them get through struggles in their lives. In short, we hope to learn from others who have lived through some hard times so we can make the most of whatever comes our way.
What are the assignments? How do I earn credit? Is there homework?
All mini-course participants receive a student workbook where they store activity worksheets, speaker notes, and daily reflections throughout the week. Sometimes we issue homework like the Know Your Story handout or the Soundtrack Project, which feeds into the work we will do on the following day. Each day, participants also write thank you letters to the community partners they met. The completed student workbook assignments (including formal letters) allows students to earn both high school AND college credit for the course.
Do I have to open up and share about my life?
We encourage participants to take a look at their own lives and stories (past, present, and future), paying special attention to what they want for the future and how they can get there. This can be a pretty personal process. What you do with your processing is up to you. No matter what, we’ll provide a safe space for introspection, but we’ll never force you to share what’s happening on the inside with the rest of the group.
What will we do at Thrive City? Does the week have to end?
We call Thrive City our home base throughout the week. That’s where we’ll introduce the key points for the day, and sometimes our guest speakers will visit us there. In addition to running mini-courses, there are lots of other resources Thrive City has to offer including counseling services, career coaching, peer mentor training, long boarding workshops, the Garden Project, From Failing to Thriving 7-week program, student leaders, internships, alumni services, and the TC Academy.
What do past participants say?
Over all, our past mini-course participants enjoy the bonds they form with group members and their facilitators. Some participants are still talking about the growth and impact they experienced months and even years later. We’ve found that those who put the most into it get the most out of it, and many students choose to repeat the mini-course several times, getting more out of it each time.
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