Community Experience (CE's)
Each Wednesday during the course of the school year, our students volunteer in the Boulder Valley and Denver communities. They are learning about their community, contributing to it, exploring broad issues of concern, learning work place skills, and creating positive partnerships between adults and high school youth. Developing a personal "Path" is an essential part of each student's schooling at New Vista. Community Experience serves an important role in the formation of "Path" for students. It is a structured and supported opportunity for each student to explore his or her way of interfacing with, contributing to, and, being in the world of adult work.
To meet the diverse interests and needs of our student body, we would like to offer a wide range of volunteer internship opportunities. Opportunities can vary in type, length of time, and depth of the experience. We are looking for one quarter, two quarters, three quarters or yearlong experiences on Wednesday afternoons for about four hours (other times by special arrangement).
To support mentors and students in their Community Experiences, and to integrate the off-site activity with school based learning, an agreement is crafted between the site, the student and New Vista. During a student's Community Experience, New Vista will communicate on a regular basis with the Community Experience site. Upon receipt of an agreement, The Community Resources Coordinator will mail calendar, attendance, and problem solving information to the Community Experience mentor. Evaluation forms will be mailed to mentors at the end of each quarter. Students will receive school credit based on mentor evaluations and time spent at a site.
Worker's Compensation coverage is sometimes a concern for businesses. Boulder Valley School District's policy covers students enrolled in a school-approved activity, which is not for pay, such as Community Experience, as long as appropriate policies are followed.
Thank you for your consideration of our program,
Community Resource Coordinator
New Vista High School