All Kinds of News for December 06, 2017
After initially pursuing a career in hotel hospitality, Dorian Hawkins decided to switch paths and apply her culinary and organizational skills at EDGE Learning and Wellness. As EDGE Operations Lead, she helps students develop and refine essential daily living skills.
Dorian teaches students how to shop responsibly, cook, clean and organize their spaces. A crucial aspect of her role is setting realistic expectations about these skills while simultaneously finding ways to connect with students and gain their trust.
“I connect with students by taking the time to get to know each of them individually when they arrive at EDGE,” said Dorian. “I try to find some common ground, whether it’s something we both love or dislike, such as TV or music. I also find that being truthful and upfront with each student helps both of us determine the best path to success.”
This path begins when Dorian asks students what they already know about a certain skill and how they feel when executing it. She then works with each individual side-by-side to demonstrate the most efficient and habit-forming methods for building the skill. The student isn't the only one who learns during this process, though.
“Dorian is an integral part of the interdisciplinary team, along with our registered dietitian and certified personal trainer, learning coordinator, and life coaches," said EDGE Executive Director Jason Wynkoop. "Everyone’s perspective informs our work with each student. Dorian often gains insights through her connections with students that help us all better understand and serve each one.”
With Dorian’s guidance, students learn how to complete the fundamental tasks that will be present throughout their entire lives, such as doing laundry or buying groceries for the week. Her favorite activity, however, is developing meal plans with students. When she sees students independently utilizing cooking skills they had previously worked on together, she can’t help but feel inspired.
About EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 -24, are striving to excel academically, while creating a life of balance, joy and wellness.