Discovery House is a service-based, gap year experience for participants ages 18-24.  Participants make a commitment to service, living in an intentional community and learning through these experiences.  They can select the length of program that is best for them.

The options are:

·       4- week summer session (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

 Set up a live,  google hangout , (video informational meeting) with Director Joe Nettesheim to discuss details about Discovery House.  Registration is necessary. 

Set up a live, google hangout, (video informational meeting) with Director Joe Nettesheim to discuss details about Discovery House.  Registration is necessary. 

The longest journey is the journey inward.

— Dag Hammarskjold
 

COMMUNITY

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. 

SERVICE

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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:

General areas of service could be program, administration, development, marketing and communication. 

 

FORMATION

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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.  

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 formation days,
  • Monthly spiritual direction,
  • Group discussion about faith/spirituality and
  • Quiet and personal reflection