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SERVICE LEARNING 2015!

SERVICE LEARNING IN THE WINTER AND SPRING AT OUR SCHOOL AT BLAIR GROCERY


Do you sometimes feel like going to school is like living in a bubble? Do you want to burst the bubble and get out into the real world, get hands on experience working with real world issues? This spring break AND summer, Our School at Blair Grocery invites you to join us for a Domestic Study Abroad Trip working with local youth in New Orleans’  Lower Ninth Ward we are calling:

Taking it out of the classroom and into the garden: working towards AnOther America




Sample Itinerary





Day 1
Service learners arrive
Lunch
Welcome and Introduction
Tour of OSBG Site
Dinner
Workshop: Solidarity vs. Charity
Movie and debrief: Trouble the Water
Lights Out







Day 2
Breakfast
Rotating Urban Farming Workshops in small groups: Composting
City Tour
Lunch
Workshop: AnOther America

This workshop examines the extent of inequality and division in American society and, utilizing a systems thinking approach asks participants to theorize what its going to take to change it. (includes Derrick Jensen’s Star Wars)
Dinner
Documentary with debrief: Boys of Baraka  
Lights Out



Day 3
Breakfast
Rotating Urban Farming Workshops in small groups: Sprouts and Microgreens
Neighborhood Mini-tour: shopping at the corner store
Lunch
Workshop: Spotlight on Food Justice... Can we do justice just by growing food?

This workshop challenges us to analyze the broad spectrum of work being done by food justice organizations at the local and national level. (includes Francis Moore Lappe’s essay The City that Ended Hunger, Crimethinc’s Your Politics are Boring as F$@&))
Dinner
Documentary and Debrief: FRESH The Movie
Lights Out





Day 4
Breakfast
Rotating Urban Farming Workshops in small groups: Growing in raised beds
Lunch
Workshop: Where was the other 98.999% when we were

occupying wall street?
Given all that we have learned about the inequalities we face, this workshop examines the qualitative consequences of generations of division and the challenges they pose for Social Justice movement builders.
Dinner
Movie and Debrief: The Matrix and the Will to Believe
Lights Out





Day 5
Breakfast
Rotating Urban Farming Workshops in small groups: Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms can save the world
Lunch
Workshop: Visioning a 100% New Orleans

This workshop challenges service learners to think beyond the fleeting rhetoric of New Orleans as one united Who Dat Nation and get into the substance of what a more just and more united New Orleans will look like. (includes the majority opinion from Plessy v. Ferguson 1896)
Dinner
Movie: V for Vendetta
Lights Out



Day 6
Breakfast
Rotating Urban Farming Workshops in small groups: Animal Husbandry
Lunch
Workshop: Lil’ Wayne and Garrison Keillor building the compost pile? What!? Why!?
This workshop looks at Urban Farming as a possible cornerstone in creating communities of action that matter to all of us. (includes theater of the oppressed)
Dinner
Debrief: The role of service learners in building a more just and civically engaged future, and imagining The Third Space
Lights Out


Day 7
Breakfast
Rotating Urban Farming Workshops in small groups: sale$ and marketing
Lunch
Workshop: Project Planning: Where do we go from here?

This workshop is an opportunity for participants to lay out a concrete action plan for when they return home or go back to school. Includes asset mapping, leveraging resources, mission/vision statements, and an action plan.
Dinner
Debrief: Reflecting on the experience and preparing to return to the bubble.
Lights Out

Day 8
Breakfast
Wrap Up
Participants Depart

The fee to participate in a trip is sliding scale from $10-15 per person per day with group rates available.

To reserve a place for you or your group please click HERE! Download and complete the application, and then email it to Alex at alex@osbgnola.org with 'Domestic Study Abroad' in the subject line.

Questions?
718-415-0890
natturnernola@gmail.com

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