Who participates in the program?
A cross-section of seniors participate in the “Senior Experience Program,” which offers students an internship program, community service project, or service learning project.
When does the program run?
Participants have three weeks of release time during the last three weeks of the school year. This period of time is dedicated to their chosen project or internship; students are expected to spend time at their placement equal to the time that they spend at school. Attendance is monitored closely at the off-site locations and count in the school’s daily attendance rate.
What do the students do during the three-week release period?
Students participate in an alternative educational experience which may be directed towards a career or provide a social service; they may also work with graduate students from local colleges on a service learning project. Students may not be paid for this experience; they cannot merely add hours to their present job. Furthermore, students cannot do their project with a member of their family.
The placement of students is approved and monitored to guarantee the quality of work. Students are required to come into Kennedy a minimum of once a week to meet with their mentors and to work on their presentations.