The Tutorial Center (TTC) and the Smokey House Center (SHC) have joined forces in an innovative partnership to re-boot educational services on the 5000-acre property. Central to the partnership, and building on SHC’s decades of work-based programming, is the new YouthWork & Learn for high school students. Environmental field studies and agricultural programs are also in place for local elementary and middle schools.
TTC’s YouthWork & Learn, is a full-day place-based and work-based educational model that uses an experiential, interdisciplinary approach to develop academic and personal skills. Learning takes place in the garden, in the fields, and in the forest as well as in the classroom and online. Participating students receive credit toward high school graduation.
“We’re excited to resume education programs at Smokey House with a new, individualized approach,” said Jack Glade, TTC Executive Director. “The farm, field and forests provide a great learning space for high school students. They thrive within our work-based system in this non-traditional setting.”
“It’s great to have the students using our outdoor classroom,” said Jesse Pyles, SHC Executive Director. “Smokey House has a long history of success reaching high school students in creative ways, and this partnership with the Tutorial Center brings out the best of both organizations.”
For information on the Youthwork and Learn program at Smokey House, see details of the program online here.