Discovery House is a service-based, bridge experience for participants ages 18-24.  Participants make a commitment to providing direct service, communal living and using reflection to synthesize those experiences. Each person selects the length of program that is best for them.

The options are:

·       4- week summer experience (June 19, 2019- July 20, 2019)

·       Full Year (10-month commitment; July 31, 2019- May 2020)

·       Semester (5-month commitment; Aug. to Dec. or Jan. to May)

Located in Milwaukee, WI this is a unique experience as one of a few service-based gap year experiences located in the United States. 

Fast Facts About Discovery House


Video conference Information session

 Email to set up a video conference (Google Hangout, Skype, FaceTime) with   Joe Nettesheim  , Director of 12plus1, to learn more about Discovery House. Registration is necessary.

Email to set up a video conference (Google Hangout, Skype, FaceTime) with Joe Nettesheim, Director of 12plus1, to learn more about Discovery House. Registration is necessary.


The longest journey is the journey inward.

— Dag Hammarskjold
 

COMMUNITY

Discovery House have simple accommodations for up to eight co-ed residents. The community will provide support and one another to share, accept others, be open, compromise, resolve conflict, forgive and love. Housing includes: room, board and a modest monthly stipend.  Eligible participants who complete a ten-month commitment may be eligible for an educational scholarship. 

SERVICE

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Discovery House volunteers make a one, five or ten-month commitment of providing 4 days (at least 32 hours) of direct service per week to a non-profit organization.  While each service site would provide a unique experience, they all will focus on direct contact with people.  Service sites are:

 

FORMATION

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A day of reflection is held each week.  These days provide an opportunity to process the experience and integrate the meaning into the participants life. Emphasis would be placed on assisting participants to determine their gifts, life-goals and create a plan for their future. Each participant will have a mentor/life coach who will assist them in developing a plan for what is next in their life. 

reflection

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Growing in one’s understanding of self,  discerning their gifts and finding God is the essence of the 12plus1 experience.  Opportunities to reflect on your experience will occur through:

  • Regularly scheduled community prayer,

  • Weekly reflection days,

  • Monthly spiritual direction,

  • Group discussion about faith/spirituality and

  • Quiet and personal reflection