All Kinds of News for October 10, 2018
EDGE Learning and Wellness students continue to engage in Chicago’s diverse cultural environment after taking excursions to several of the city’s neighborhoods this fall. Exploring different areas of the city has given students the opportunity to not only gain a deeper understanding of their peers and fellow Chicagoans, but also themselves.
Before each outing, EDGE students take initiative and research different Chicago neighborhoods. They then present their findings to one another during a weekly community meeting. Together with EDGE team members, students vote for the neighborhood they want to visit and the activities in which they’d like to participate. “It’s been a blast seeing how excited our students and team have reacted to planning and orchestrating these various neighborhood outings,” said EDGE Program Director Jean Hausmann, LCSW. “We always try to expose students to life outside of the Chicago Loop. We really want them to think about their interests and how other people live in our large, diverse city.”
Prior to traveling far “outside of the Loop,” EDGE students decided to start their neighborhood excursions close to EDGE’s downtown location. After taking a tour bus through River North, Gold Coast and South Loop, students and team members appreciated the beautiful architecture of the famous Chicago Water Tower while eating lunch inside of the building.
EDGE students travelled farther for their next two excursions and switched up their transportation methods, opting to take a water taxi to Chinatown and a CTA “L” train to Andersonville. In Chinatown, students enjoyed shopping at local markets while sipping boba tea. They loved the food they ate during the outing so much that EDGE Life Coach Candace McGee treated them to a noodle dish during EDGE’s next Community Engagement Night. Meanwhile, the Andersonville trip was less food-focused but just as fun. Students attended an art festival and toured the Gethsemane Garden Center. The plant lovers of the group certainly appreciated the nursery and took home succulents to nurture in their apartments.
Of course, EDGE students have endless opportunities to explore the city individually. However, these guided group excursions can help students improve in several dimensions of wellness, particularly intellectually and socially. On an intellectual level, students can develop curiosity and expand their knowledge and passions through cultural and artistic activities. Socially, students can overcome the anxiety of going through a new experience alone while building skills with their peers and the community.
With each neighborhood EDGE students visit, they expand their circles of connection and interact with others in a way that produces positive and fulfilling interpersonal relationships. EDGE can’t wait to see where its students will decide to visit and grow next.
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.