The purpose of IMPACT programs regardless of their duration, week, semester or year long, is to support students in making a positive impact on themselves, the school and the larger community. Positive impacts are accomplished through development of six key components as follows:
Sample IMPACT programs
Students will be at Pathways High and be immersed into our culture over a three-week period. This includes getting to know you activities, community service and a top secret project.
Sample IMPACT Class
During the 8 week quarter, students participate in a IMPACT class, a 90 minute class held on a, A/B schedule. This class is designed to enrich the week long experiences at our partners facilities. Before the IMPACT week at Milwaukee Repertory theater, students might need contextual information like the experience detailed below, or safety practices and training for working tools. This time will also be used for students to participate in the planning of the week including the service element.
(Sample student reflection) "Our IMPACT class leading up to the IMPACT week at Milwaukee Repertory Theater was really interesting today. Local Edwin Booth historian, playwright and actor, Angela Iannone spoke to our class about Edwin Booth. She is such an amazing speaker, I felt like I knew what that theater smelled like. John Wilkes Booth’s brother revolutionized acting, pushed the limits of technologies to enter a stage from underneath and unknowingly, saved Abraham Lincoln’s son’s life a year before the assassination of President Lincoln. I got absolute chills! I hope I get to ride on a pneumatic lift like the one he created. We are going to read one of her plays in class."
Sample IMPACT Week
IMPACT week is a 4 day internship at a partner facility and a fifth day community service project planned by the business partner as well as the students attending. The following sample week was designed by The MIlwaukee Repertory Theater
Sample Impact Week – Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Timing and Capacity: Milwaukee Repertory Theater will partner with Pathways High to produce an Impact Week at the theater for up to 15 students at least one time per year during a mutually agreeable week.
Introduce Pathway High students to careers in the theater
Increase their collaboration skills by pairing them with artists whose work is dependent upon collaborative success.
Teach presentational and mentorship skills via a community service project
Plan: For the first three days of the Impact Week, students will be split into groups of three, and will be placed in day long residencies in the following departments: stage management, costumes, props, education and community engagement. During the day long residencies, each cohort will be assigned a project which can be completed during the day. These projects will be aligned with a current production on our stages, and will be selected so that each cohort can present their process and work at a Rep Immersion Day alongside one of the Rep professional artists they are working with. For example, one cohort might learn how to create a breakable prop that is used each night during a performance and then will be responsible for making one of their own. On the fourth day, all of the cohorts will reunite into one large group where they will write and rehearse the presentations that they will give during their community service project. Their community service project with be focused around a Rep Immersion Day where more than 700 students come to Milwaukee Repertory Theater for a full day to learn about the workings of a regional theater, experience behind-the-scenes workshops and see a student matinee performance. Pathways High students will be asked to volunteer by welcoming students to Rep Immersion Days and by helping with lunch service. Then alongside a Rep professional artist, Pathways High Students will co-present a series of behind-the-scenes workshops showcasing their work throughout the week. Finally, Pathways High Students will join the Rep Immersion Day participants and will experience a performance. At the end of the day, Pathways High students will assist with getting students back on their buses and help with clean up.
Suggested Schedule Monday – Wednesday 9am-12pm Cohorts work with various departments 12pm-1pm Lunch with leadership (Artistic Director, Managing Director, Dept Heads) 1pm-4pm Cohorts work with various departments Thursday 9am-5pm Write and rehearse Rep Immersion Day presentations Friday 9am-4pm Community Service Project: Rep Immersion Day
Sample IMPACT Year Just like students entering Pathways High need a bridge to help them transition to high school, Pathways High believe strongly that an additional year at Pathways High will provide the transition support needed by many to bridge their entrance into the post-secondary world. Students have the opportunity to design a fifth year that will be known as the IMPACT year. Below are sample IMPACT year plans.
Student A: Full time dual enrollment program. Student takes a full load of classes at a local college or university. With plans to complete the year with enough credits equivalent to an Associate's Degree. IMPACT coordinator and student have frequent meetings to assess progress, plan for projects and exams. In order to meet the IMPACT year requirement of making an IMPACT on the world, this student has decided to interview other students pursuing a four year degree and create a guide book for Pathways High students interested in attending a four year university or college.
Student B: Part time dual enrollment at technical school pursuing a certificate in the efficient and effective management of commercial and industrial facilities as well as other operations. This program has a focus on cost-effective and sustainable energy options. The student also participates in an internship at the City of Milwaukee’s Environmental Collaboration Office. This student wants to pursue a career in sustainable energy but doesn’t think full time college is a viable option after graduation. Pathways High works with the student to process the experiences and prepare to enter a workforce. This student’s IMPACT is to develop a plan and fundraise to provide solar panels to the community center in his neighborhood.
Student C: Interested in pursuing a career in sculpture, this student has decided to apprentice with a local blacksmith and has planned a train tour of some of the over 70 large installation sculptures in the Midwest. She has decided to live feed her tours to Pathways students. In addition she is studying large installation art around the world in order to fulfill her IMPACT requirement. She plans to create a sculpture for permanent display at Pathways High representative of the amount of paper used to create the school.
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