More ALT Year Video
A Look Back 2013-14
9 Months of ALT
Welcome to Toledo
Folk School Sessions
Invitation to Lead & Reflect
We Raise Video
FOLK SCHOOL SESSIONS
Reflection Sessions: ALT Participants will 'engage the present and shape the future' by reading texts, watching films, and engaging media resources as ways of bringing up questions, issues, and challenging ideas for community conversations twice a week. The material is intended to inspire participants and introduce the group to important voices from the past they may not have heard before and to key conversations and leaders that are shaping the present and future.
LIFE AND LEADERSHIP SESSIONS: ALT Participants will have forums twice a week on important issues, cultural trends, and wisdom for holistic living. These sessions will most often be led by leaders in the community, but sometimes by guest speakers, the facilitator, or fellow participants. Through discussion and exploration, participants gain richer appreciation and share-able knowledge of topics like self-awareness, personality types, rhetoric, critical thinking, justice, environment, and social issues.
OPEN DOOR SESSIONS: Open Door Sessions are ways of linking Culture Breaks, Response Weeks, and Leap Weeks. Young adults are regularly invited to lead or invite others from the community to lead Open Door Sessions to explore additional topics and themes. These Open Door Sessions will be a chance for a participant to share something they are passionate about or intrigued by: a person, place, organization, invention, or movement. This format allows the material introduced throughout ALT Year to stay current, and for young adults to fill in the blanks they may see in the other content. This concept is a tribute to the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, which, through an open curriculum connected to the current issues and needs in the culture, became a center for the Union Movement and the Civil Rights Movement.
Independent Projects & Mentorships
ALT Participants will have time and support to learn something they’ve always wanted to learn but haven’t had the time to explore. It’s a great way to discover gifts, passions, and develop skills that could lead to a career or a lifelong hobby or practice. These experiences can cover the whole 9-months or be seasonal. They can be independent or connected with a mentor. An ALT Participant can choose a mentor who is knowledgeable in the field or skill, or a mentor could be someone that is willing to learn something new alongside a participant. Another option is to combine mentorship with a service leadership experience to create an internship.
Even though we encourage ALT Year participants to experience an academic year away from grades and traditional education, if a participant chooses, they can also use this time to take an academic course at a nearby institution.
ALT also has a partnership with Open Yale Courses for participants who may want to try out some Ivy League coursework.
Life Together Faith Practices
ALT Participants will be gathering together in a unique intentional community with shared discipleship practices like Bible Study, Prayer, Spiritual Practices, and Devotions every morning. Participants will be encouraged to process and reflect on the experience through Journaling and other practices. Communal Worship is a central part of the experience. Participants will worship with local congregations and also help lead their own ALT Worship, which is often opened up to members of the host community, especially area young adults.
Throughout the year, participants will learn key theological or philosophical principles of the Lutheran lens.
ALT Participants will spend at least 25 hours a month working in non-profits, congregations, or special projects that help neighbors and neighborhoods and address issues in the local community. Participants will be matched with a service leadership experience that they feel called to, whether it be because it fits their personality or challenges them in a new way.
ALT Participants will engage and learn a practical skill for life, chosen by local leaders at the host site based on the unique strengths and resources in the area. Examples of Focus Areas are Media Production, Culture and Language Immersion, Home Renovation, Elder Care, Culinary Arts, etc.
As new ALT Communities are formed, young adults will have more choices about what skill or interest they are most attracted to. In addition to a shared faith, and shared interest in an ALT Year Experience, participants at a site will also share a common interest, whether it is part of a vocational path or it is an interest and practice that will be a part of their life wherever they go next and whatever they do.
The participants with this shared focus will be able to support each other in this practice and interest and go deeper into it together.
The Focus Area is based on the concept of a “Line” in Scandinavian Folkehøgskoler. The Toledo Site chose Faithful Citizenship as its Focus Area. There, participants explore the many ways faith inspires people to engage the public life in our communities. As new sites are developed, each site will have its own Focus Area.