The project at the YWCA began in spring 2018, when Prof. David Teague, associate director of the AAP for Wilmington, organized community collaborations for students in the leadership class he was teaching.
He and his students planted the first garden that semester, arranged for it to be cared for throughout that summer by AAP faculty and students, “and kept it going from planting to harvest,” Teague said.
Since then, several leadership and biology classes have worked at the garden, and women and gender studies’ students have discussed the social and gender issues faced by families who live at the Home-Life Management Center.
With McDevit’s “Science on the Scene” (SCEN 105) students this summer, six classes have now been involved with the project, and there are more to come. It’s an ongoing partnership with the YWCA, Teague and McDevit say, and both plan to continue taking students to the site.
“This is what I consider the gold standard of engaged instruction: substantive capacity-building for our partner that is directly linked to material” taught in class, Teague said.
Article by Ann Manser
Photos by Evan Krape
UDaily, July 23, 2019