All Kinds of News for September 13, 2017
EDGE Learning & Wellness Collegiate Community announces the ability for students to further immerse into the arts, culture and public life of Chicago by choosing an annual membership from among a number of cultural institutions. “The goal of balanced living is the impetus for these initiatives,” according to EDGE Learning & Wellness Executive Director Jason Wynkoop. “Many of our students have done significant therapeutic work and their lives rightly involve a lot of effort to maintain those gains while also investing to achieve academic success. This is an opportunity for us to encourage both engagement and balance, which are essential to the sort of holistic wellness that EDGE aim to inspire. As with so many other things at EDGE, it’s also being leveraged as a skill-building process.”
While acclimating to the city and EDGE community, students consult with their Therapeutic Life Coach regarding their interests and opportunities to deepen their connection to Chicago. Students will then get to choose an annual membership from among a number of cultural institutions; the many possibilities include nationally renowned institutions like the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum, and other local favorites like the Gene Siskel Film Center and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. “I like to have a place where I’m comfortable and I can walk around and learn things,” said Johnathon, an 18-year old student enrolled at EDGE for a few months.
Additionally, after a student has been successful at EDGE for at least eight weeks they are eligible for another opportunity to benefit from the amazing learning opportunities afforded by the city. Working with EDGE staff, students write proposals to seek engage grants that would subsidize classes that develop new skills or broaden their engagement in the arts and cultural opportunities of Chicago. Students will learn to do research, create plans, and write and defend proposals as part of the process of seeking grants. By learning how to seek funds independent of their parents, students gain greater independence and the confidence that comes with leading one's own life.
When told of the new opportunities, Jordan, a 19-year old student, said, “There are so many places I would like to be a member at that it will be really hard to choose. I love animals, so I will most likely get a membership at the Shedd aquarium."
To learn more about the opportunities for EDGE students to engage in Chicago, click here.
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.