NOH Board Member and Chelsea’s father Glenn Detrick led the workshop “What We Learn from Chelsea” for the women of the Chelsea Center so they could understand more about who the person Chelsea was and how her legacy continues with the Chelsea Education and Community Center. Glenn shared pictures and stories from Chelsea’s life in this heartfelt workshop.
NOH Board President and retired economics professor Peter Hess gave NOH young adults a taste of what a college/university class is like when he led an economics lesson on “Opportunity Cost.” The participants have passed the SLC and are contemplating what to study at university, which could be economics.
In an exploration of the learning process, students in Classes 8-10 experienced the "confusion" which generally precedes learning and then wrote about their own experiences in learning something new. A similar workshop was given to Team Chelsea on May 5 by Carola Drosdeck. The teachers who attended plan to share what they learned with their adult students.
Students in Class 8 practiced some of the steps in the Writing Process (brainstorming, determining a topic, and writing a rough draft) as an introduction to the new writing classes being offered at the Chelsea Center. Once a week classes are now part of the students'regular after school schedule.
Sophie Paine from the INGO A+B=3 led a workshop on “Financial Literacy” for classes 9 and 10, so they could gain exposure to the basics of budgeting, saving, and managing money.
In her workshop “The Importance of Play,” volunteer and child specialist Stephanie Lawrence shared with the women of the Chelsea Center games and activities they can do with their children to help them develop mentally, emotionally, and socially. Stephanie also met with the House Managers to discuss issues in child development.
In their workshop “Understanding Gender and Gender-Based Violence,” Chelsea Center teachers Jashmina Thapa, Divya Dhungel, and Ashok Yadav gave groups of women skits to perform, so that the women could see from an outside perspective the various ways violence is perpetuated in Nepali society. There were many laughs and smiles when the women acted out the skits, in spite of the seriousness of the subject.
The Community Room was crowded with Chelsea Center women interested in learning more of the features and uses for their cell phones. Team Chelsea showed them some new "tricks," but much of the learning was student to student.
Chelsea Center teachers Jashmina Thapa and Divya Dhungel with NOH staff Dhan Kumari escorted classes 9 and 10 to the Nepali District and Supreme Courts where these young adults learned about the jobs of clerks, lawyers, and judges as they consider what field they would like to pursue in their future.
Glenn Detrick, a board member for NOH as well as Chelsea’s father, led three workshops for classes 9 and 10 on emotional intelligence, healthy life habits, and traits commonly shared by effective leaders.
In a three-part workshop series on the “Art of Living,” Thames International College professor Ashish Chaulagain worked with NOH young adults from classes 9 and 10 to help them prepare for their transition to adulthood. Together they practiced meditation techniques, watched the short movie “Who Moved My Cheese,” and discussed how to mentally prepare for major life changes.
Team Chelsea members explored and practiced how to develop effective assessments for their English classes in a workshop led by Carola Drosdeck. With an emphasis on developing goals for learning and on-going assessment throughout instruction, the participants learned how to determine whether the learning has occurred. On Friday, May 18, the group met again to critique each other's first drafts of upcoming unit tests. More practice and critical feedback will occur before this term's classes are completed.
After attending a two-day conference led by the Ujyalo Foundation, Chelsea Center teachers Jashmina Thapa and Ashok Yadav led an all-day workshop on “Gender and Gender-based Violence” for NOH young adults in college and in grades 9 and 10. During the workshop, the participants drew and labeled bodies in a body mapping activity, brainstormed stereotypical masculine and feminine traits, and acted out skits to understand various types of violence.
Business school professor and NOH volunteer Karina Jensen's led a workshop entitled "Creativity in Your Everyday Lives." As a professor who teaches innovation and cross-cultural collaboration in business school, Karina discussed strategies that the women could use to practice creativity in their own lives and turn their ideas into realities.
Life Coach Dwight Goldwinde led two sessions of workshops mentoring NOH kids grades 7 through 10 on how to have the courage to make requests, how to say no, and how to solve challenges they may encounter in their lives.
Nepali women's rights activist Deepti Gurung led a workshop on Citizenship for 130 women of the Chelsea Center. Ms. Gurung raised awareness of citizenship issues related to Nepali women, particularly how citizenship cannot pass through a mother's line. Many women left the workshop energized to advocate (in more specific ways) for women's rights in their own context.
Seema Dahal led part one of three workshops on "Public Speaking" for NOH children in grades 6 through 9. In the workshops to follow, the students will have the opportunity to prepare their own speeches and then present them to their peers.
Dartmouth Professor Pati Hernandez and founder of the organization "Telling My Story" facilitated a workshop focused on having the women of the Chelsea Center express their own voice and share their own lived experiences with fellow members.