Over the years, the program has evolved and changed. Projects were an integral part of the curriculum until COVID. During COVID, the Board of Directors supported a change in direction and the participants were grouped into “Connection Circles”. This proved to be a positive enhancement to the program and the Connection Circles allow the participants to explore topics more thoroughly in a smaller and more intimate group. In the 2022 – 2023 session, projects were re-introduced. Projects are smaller in scale and less time intensive, but still add significant value to the community organization that is collaborated with and offer a great learning experience to the participants.
Examples of projects completed by various classes:
Welcoming Bags – (Partnered with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce) – The group developed gift bags for companies to distribute to guests and newcomers to Siouxland containing items made locally.
I Am Siouxland – (Partnered with the Siouxland Y) – The group will inform and encourage area non-profits of a new website to share resources and fulfill needs of clients served by the agency.
Barrier-Free Park and Ball Field – (Partnered with The Miracle League).
Up From the Earth – Group members worked with churches and neighborhood groups to promote the planting of “one more row” to donate to churches for distribution to the needy.
Aviation Education – (Partnered with the Mid-American Air Museum) – Members will work to provide tablets equipped with apps and information pertaining to the specific museum display to help visitors.
Signage – (Partnered with Mary Treglia House) – Signage was created in the languages of the clients to make the services offered more visible to all clientele.
Room Renovation – (Partnered with the Council on Sexual Abuse) – A complete room was renovated to be a friendly place for children