Winter Leadership Practicum
First-year students attending SOULS West spend Winter Quarter (January, February, and the beginning of March) completing the Leadership Practicum. Unlike a magabook program, the students must each have their own car and are far more independent. Students spend their first two weeks together in intensive training and work. For the third week they go out by twos (sometimes threes). The time students are together is called “group” week, and the time they are out by twos or threes is called “field” week. Aside from the first two weeks of the program the remaining weeks alternate between group and field weeks.
A leader in the Leadership Practicum works with each student for a least one full day per week during both the field and group weeks. It is during this time that the student receives encouragement and direction on how to improve their skills in reaching out to people and sharing what they have with the community.
Since Leadership Practicum students have far less direct supervision from their leaders than they would in a Magabook Program, they must also start to develop the important skills of time management and self-motivation. This process of increasing independence and responsibility is ultimately preparing students for leadership and Bible work roles during their time at SOULS West, while involved in summer programs, and their life work after graduation.
Why does each student need his or her own car for the Leadership Practicum?
It is necessary for each student to have his or her own car during the Leadership Practicum because even though students will have a partner they are living and working with, there are occasions when contacts have asked a student to come back to show them books at a specific time, and a student’s partner will have a contact in another area ask them to come back at the exact same time. It would be impossible to reach one of the contacts if the partners were sharing a car.