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Work Opportunities, Travel, and Capstone
FLI creates opportunities for eligible students to work in local governmental agencies, private businesses, and non-profit institutions. As a result of these experiences, FLI students build valuable employment skills in areas of vocational interest. Skills developed and practiced include direction taking, self-advocacy, problem solving, and interpersonal communication. These competencies facilitate the transition to independence. All students maintain a work log in which they record their time commitments, tasks completed, and insights gained. Typically, students work a minimum of eight hours per week and produce a pre-approved final product or complete a service-learning project that demonstrates knowledge gained from the work experience.
Since we believe that the world is our classroom, FLI students have the opportunity each year to participate in travel/study initiatives in the company of Franklin Academy’s creative, experienced, and dedicated educators. International destinations have included Mexico and the Caribbean, Ireland and the United Kingdom, Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, Greece, Turkey, Italy, China and Australia. In 2015 our students traveled to India, in 2016 they went to Japan , and in 2017 Cuba is the destination. Any FLI student who is in good standing is eligible to participate.
The Capstone Experience is all about service to others – a core tenet of our school community. Throughout the year FLI students study the foundations of service learning. They examine various social, economic, health, and educational issues, and develop an awareness of how public services assist those in need. They independently research charitable and non-profit organizations and evaluate how they might make positive contributions to their communities. Upon the completion of classes, students work in teams across East Haddam for a week in mid-May, initiating and completing projects to serve the greater good.