In February 2021, Alignment began the pilot for our Freshman Experience with two classes at Larkin High School. The eight-week program is designed to help students develop the social and emotional skills needed for success in high school, their future careers, and everyday life. Each week focuses on a different topic including: Respect, Identity, and Inclusion; Teaming; Listening and Conflict Resolution; Valuing Diversity; Using Voice to Advocate for Self, Equity, and Social Justice; and Leadership and Career Skills.
Barbara Lynn Murray, a member of our Governing Board and esteemed HR professional, developed the modules, and with the support of ACE members and community volunteers, has taught five segments thus far. Even in the Zoom classrooms, we can see the content of this program has resonated with the participants and school staff. We have enjoyed being alongside the students while they learn more about who they are and how others perceive them and look forward to completing the remaining modules when in person teaching resumes in April.