My first week in Chicago - PFP alumna Victoria Ivancioglo shares her internship impressions

October, 22 2015

The Professionals Fellow Program gives me unique experience, exposure and opportunity to network and to learn from American experience. The whole experience is dependent on so many things; the individual (how quickly you adapt to change and new environments), the institution and city that you are placed in.


I was lucky to have my worksite the Chicago Public Schools, Civic Engagement and Service Learning Program. Civic engagement and community service are more established and developed in USA schools, with Chicago often cited as providing some of the most exemplary work. The purpose of my visit is to learn about the good practice, success and challenges that have accompanied this work and to see what opportunities there are for youth engagement and other forms of collaboration.

One thing stuck me about visit to Chicago was the number of different universities, cultural centers, libraries, community organizations operating in the city. The first week I spent in Chicago, emphasized experiential learning through networking with local schools, leaders and innovators, service projects and community interaction.


On October, 12 I participated in the Youth Voices program, where together with youth worked on development of Leadership Conference agenda to be organized Chicago Public Schools in December.
Next day I had the chance to attend the City council meeting together with group of high school students as part of the Chicago Public Schools, Civic Engagement and Service Learning Program, aiming to help young people acquire and learn to use the skills, knowledge and attitudes that will prepare them to be competent and responsible citizens throughout their lives.

Another important event was the meeting of HIVE Chicago Platform, a network aspiring to develop the networked context where innovative solutions not only emerge from collaboration but begin to spread and scale in ways that have the power to improve lives.


Next week I am eager to found out more about the Service-learning coordinated by Chicago Public School wich is a teaching strategy that connects classroom curriculum with service projects. Service-learning engages students in projects that serve the community while building social, civic, and academic skills.

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