For the second time ever, Latrobe Lifeskills has collaborated with Ivanhoe Grammar School to deliver a unique program for year 9 students.
Several times per year, Ivanhoe Grammar School runs a weekly ‘Out of Classroom Program’ designed to give students real-world experiences in a variety of settings.
During the course of their week at Latrobe Lifeskills, Ivanhoe students get to know Participants, staff and what it is that disability service providers do and why they are essential for so many people.
In March 2021, 18 students attend the program over three and a half days where they ran sports activities, joined Participants for lunch, learned about disability services, got to know Participants and staff, and hosted a tour and dancing activity at Ivanhoe Grammar’s University Campus.
At the end of the week, the Ivanhoe students were asked to write reflective pieces about their time at Lifeskills. What did they learn? Do they feel they have a better understanding of the purpose of disability services? Did they have any preconceptions about people with a disability and were they challenged?
These articles demonstrate the value of running a program that exposes adolescents to a world that they may otherwise never experience. Lifeskills is truly proud to be a part of this important collaboration and looks forward to the next time we can host the Ivanhoe students.
Please take the time to read articles from students who describe their time at Lifeskills, in their own words.