Thirty Options for Youth (OFY) students were able to attend the 2017 Presidential Inauguration during a six day and five night D.C. trip. The students were from all over Southern California, including Victorville, San Bernardino, and Burbank. The free non-profit charter school provides education to students who are many times underserved, at-risk or are the victims of bullying. The school provides an alternative to traditional learning.
The Presidential Election field trip is part of what OFY refers to as experiential learning, meaning the students have a hands-on experience that promotes social and emotional growth. “This event will be a great opportunity for our young people to learn about U.S. government, and perhaps inspire some of the bright political minds of tomorrow. We are very proud to have this group of students representing OFY,” said Heather Clark, Experiential Learning Manager.
OFY officials said that part of the assignment during the trip includes reporting on the inauguration from the perspective of media including as one of a reporter, blogger, or videographer. During the trip, the 30 students will complete workbook activities, write essays, and will interact with other students reflection on how history impacts their lives today. Students will have the opportunity to visit the White House, Capitol Building, Supreme Court, Ford Theater, Mount Vernon, National Archives and various museums, monuments, and memorials.
This trip is one of the many no-cost trips available to OFY students. Other field trips include trips to Colorado, Cuba, Italy and China . “OFY has seen the positive personal and academic effects experiential learning and for many, travel have on their students,” OFY officials said. “The opportunity to visit places and experience events they have only read about in books, dramatically shifts their outlook on school and helps shape their future goals.”
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