Discovery House is a service based gap year experience for participants ages 18-20. Participants make a ten-month commitment to service, living in an intentional community and learning through these experiences. Located in Milwaukee, WI this is a unique experience as one of a few service based gap year experiences located in the United States. Read about our foundational principles:
An essential part of the Discovery House gap year experience is living in community. Simple accommodations would be provided for up to eight co-ed residents. The community will provide support and challenge participants 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 their ten-month commitment may be eligible for an educational scholarship.
Discovery House volunteers make a 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:
- 4th Dimension Sobriety
- Capuchin Community Services
- Dismas Prison Ministry
- Franciscan Peacemakers
- St. Marcus Lutheran School
General areas of service could be program, administration, development, marketing and communication.
A formation day will be held each week. Formation days will include spiritual, human, intellectual, and pastoral areas. Emphasis would be placed on assisting participants to determine their gifts, life-goals and create a plan to achieve their hopes and dreams as a servant leader. Each participant will have a mentor/life coach who will assist them in developing a plan for what is next in their life. Activities, reflection, dialogue and mentor or spiritual director meetings are a part of each formation day.
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 formation days,
- Monthly spiritual direction,
- Group discussion about faith/spirituality and
- Quiet and personal reflection