Over the past year two new programmes have been quietly taking shape that open up a space within Transition for children and young adults. Called Schools in Transition and One Year in Transition, they are both blueprint programmes that can be replicated anywhere once their pilot phase has ironed out the wrinkles. Both of them prepare young people to navigate a future through the challenges of the end of cheap fossil fuel energy, the unpredictable impacts of climate change and the inevitability of economic contraction as we reach the limits of growth. This marks a new step for Community Supported Learning in Transition and we invite you to be a part of this exciting development and spread the word. There is also a new youth in Transition forming following the 2012 Transition Conference. We'll keep you posted.
Here is the information and how you can help:
One Year in Transition (Next intake October 2013)
This is a skills-based learning journey for young adults of 20 years and upwards. The next intake is October 2013 and we have places for 14 people.
If you are a young adult and would like to know more about this amazing opportunity please contact Isabel Carlisle, Transition Network Education Co-Ordinator by email to email@example.com or visit the One Year in Transition information page here ›
This co-created programme offers group meet-ups, Transition Training, personal mentors, group facilitation skills, tools for inner personal development, a placement in a Transition Initiative, Action Enquiry, tuition in two practical skills, an opportunity to design and lead on your own community project, and whatever else we collectively choose to make happen. It concludes summer of 2014.
For the October 2013 intake we are now looking for Transition communities that can host a young adult for around 4 months starting in November and give them a project to initiate, run or rejuvenate: anything from mapping the high street to helping build a barn. We are looking for experiences of being trusted and given opportunities to learn.
We are also calling for individuals in Transition with specific skills to act as “skills masters” and take on a young adult in a voluntary placement for six weeks or longer in the early part of 2014. As we are keeping tuition costs very low, the challenge throughout is to work as much as possible with non-monetary exchange. We are exploring an economics grounded in personal relationships rather than impersonal transactions. The payback for skills masters is fresh energy, a new relationship, and the chance to step forward as an elder.
Schools in Transition (pilot started autumn 2012)
This is a programme for ages 5 to 18, with their teachers, parents and communities. We are collecting together 8 very different schools: combinations of primary, secondary, state, private, inner city and rural to test the three-term rolling programme. We still have gaps so get in touch if your school would like to participate. The journey starts with mapping the life-support systems in the local watershed around wellbeing. Then we move into building Transition–type relationships and partnerships that situate the school at the centre of a web: an eco learning system for re-skilling and learning as collaborative enquiry. The school then looks outwards to identify interventions that it can make to boost local resilience. It could start an incredible edible project, lobby for a cycle route or develop a centre of training in the repair of mechanical and electrical equipment.