Recently Tom Crossan, the executive director of the Washington Workshops Foundation, visited Walker High School to offer a unique invitation to all Walker High interested in travel to Washington, D.C. Many of our students have visited the nation’s capital with the 8th grade teachers on the annual 8th grade trip. In 8th grade, the Washington trip offers participants and overview of the sights of the city through a combination of tours and speakers. The opportunities for high school students expand upon the 8th grade experience to give the more advanced student an in-depth, hands-on, immersion in the workings of our government on both a national and international level.
Now in its fifth decade, the Washington Workshops Foundation offers one-week experiential leadership programs on government and politics. Dedicated to getting young people involved in the political and legislative process, they invite students to investigate the United States Congress, the Supreme Court, Embassies, and Executive agencies by meeting with Members of Congress, government officials, diplomats, lobbyists, and professors. Students will also visit the historical and memorial highlights of our nation’s capital.
The two programs offered to high school students are The International Conflict Seminar and the 2011 Congressional Seminar. Both programs are available to Walker students in 9th grade through the graduating class of 2011.
- Seven days in our nation’s capital with on-site study of the U.S. Congress and Federal Government
- Engaging, thought provoking guest speakers on the Legislative Branch, Federal Government and the media
- Meet your U.S. Senators and Representatives on exclusive visits on Capitol Hill
- Work with fellow students to pass a bill in the Model Congress, utilizing Congressional rules and procedures
- Visit the National Mall, Mount Vernon, The Pentagon and the memorials and monuments of Washington, D.C.
- Exposure to future opportunities such as The Washington Internship Experience and other programs offered by the Washington Workshops
- Gain an international understanding during an exclusive visit to a foreign embassy
INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT SEMINAR
What will you learn? Students will practice active listening, experience others perspectives, and go through the process of forming an intervention/resolution in small groups. Additionally, students will learn about the scope of the conflict resolution field, what organizations are doing, and how individuals can make a difference.
The International Conflict Seminar teaches students:
- Skills for resolving conflict
- Negotiating skills
- Greater self-confidence
- Cultural sensitivity
- Increased global awareness
- Communication and Role playing skills
Please visit the Washington Workshop website for more information on these programs. http://www.workshops.org
There are brochures about each seminar available in the Walker High School library.
You may also email Tom Crossan, the executive director of Washington Workshops at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
By: Kristian Douglas