Address: 135 W. Wells
Transportation: Take any eastbound bus (#10, #30) on Wisconsin to Plankinton. Walk one block northwest on Plankinton until Wells. The Benedict Center is located on the corner of Wells and Plankinton, find address.
Approximate Time By Car: 3 minutes
Approximate Time By Bus: 9 minutes
Orientation: Contact the site contact ASAP to schedule an individual orientation.
Days/Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Times are flexible. The site contact will schedule time slots individually.
Description of Agency/Activities: Benedict Center offers basic education classes, high school diploma classes, and a variety of support components (Parenting, Job Readiness and Placement, etc.). All of the women involved in the program have at one time in their lives been arrested, usually on a misdemeanor, non-violent charge.
Student Role in Agency: Service Learners have the opportunity to work with the women in a variety of ways. The first would be to help the women with job searching on the computers and gain basic computer skills. This would be one-on-one work with the women and promote computer proficiency and confidence. Students can also engage in weekly Health and Wellness classes in which students would be responsible for planning and running various health and wellness education classes for the women. This could range from healthy lifestyle habits, cooking skills or even yoga/mediation sessions, it is up to the discretion of the Service Learner and the site contact. Service Learner's availability may influence what activities or projects they can work on during the semester.
Unique Features or Challenges of the Agency: Attendance often fluctuates in the classes and new students enter every three weeks, so tutors need to be patient if "their" students are not in class. Efforts will be made to ensure that tutors work with a variety of students.