Community Field Labs



Through the inclusion of Community Field Labs, Future Generations University offers a very special and unique opportunity: to practice change while learning the techniques. These labs are considered integral to our learning process and are a part of every course at Future Generations.

 

The greatest advantage of Community Field Labs in a program like ours is that they allow students to make a difference immediately, instead of having to wait until a degree is in hand. With faculty as mentors, students identify needs that they can begin addressing in their own communities and work to develop activities that address those needs, while simultaneously meeting course learning objectives.

 

As our program is designed for individuals already working as community change makers, an additional benefit of having Community Field Labs as a part of our curriculum is that they offer the flexibility to not have to leave your current work or job. This allows students to continue working with a community to which they’re already dedicated and on projects in they’re already invested.

 

Students have the ability to complete community-oriented projects in order to build relationships, learn from local practitioners, and acquire skills. These projects may take the form of volunteering with grassroots organizations, conducting community needs assessments, or delivering a presentation to local stakeholders. Projects can be tailored to the individual needs and interests of our students, all the while providing an invaluable and fulfilling learning experience.

A health worker speaking with women in a community in the highlands of Peru
Jonathan Tim Nshing (Class of 2015) leading a workship in a high school in Bamenda, Cameroon
 
Class of 2013 Student, Pir Mohommad Paya, leading a workshop
Reyhaneh Gulsum Hassaini from Afgahnistan leading a women’s group in her community