Phase 3 – Homeless & Runaway Youth Dormitory
After our first year of operations, as part of phase 3, we plan to build our first dormitory building to provide housing to runaway and homeless youth who wish to attend WAIE. Young scholars will be supported by our residential staff, participate in the Hebrew lifestyle, while receive housing, meals, and education as a scholar. They will be able to live with the community through school and up to two years after graduation as they start a business, enter the workforce, or attend a higher education institution.
Runaway and Homeless Youth Housing
Phase 3 and the idea to provide housing for runaway youth and homeless youth, particularly youth of color, was birthed as our founder reflected on his time managing some of the operations of Middle College High School (MCHS).
At MCHS, there were cases of very bright young students who weren’t able to succeed in a comprehensive high school because they were homeless and their basic necessities were a priority and not the class work. Or they lived in a very toxic home environment where if they were removed they could be more successful in a learning environment. Thus, phase 3 for the World Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (WAIE) was born in an effort to provide a supportive and understanding environment for young scholars who wish to
Building a Community
Phase 3 is about more than providing an opportunity for shelter for youth. Phase 3 is about providing a supportive community that allows a young scholar to reach their true potential. Homeless youth and runaway youth will be invited to join our community and participate in academic learning but also build skills and receive compensation for helping out around their dormitory.
As part of their stay with the community, youth will cook meals, farm/garden, clean, help facilitate activities, and tutor younger peer residents. Also, youth of all ages will participate in a variety of social and familial activities throughout the year to support their social emotional growth as a young leader.
Fast Facts About the Youth Dormitory
September 1, 2024
Once we have completed phase 3 fundraising on July 1, 2023, construction of our first youth dormitory will begin in Washington State. The plan is for construction to complete within 12 months so it may open to students fall of 2024.
Ages 13 to 22
Youth can join the dormitory community at the ages of 13 through 16 years old. However, they will remain with us until completion of their Diploma+ at age 20. They’ll have the option to stay in the youth dormitory until the age of 22.
Each dormitory is planned and designed to house a total of 100 youth with dorm rooms included for adult staff to supervise. Youth will share a room with one other person of their same gender and the genders will be separated in the housing layout.
All youth will have access to an assigned mental wellness counselor and an assigned career and college readiness counselor as part of WAIE. However, in addition to this service youth who are working towards overcoming addiction will have additional resources to help them in accomplishing the goal of beating addiction.
On site at the youth dormitory will be a garden that will allow the youth to gain necessary skills in being self sufficient. Also, this will allow WAIE to reduce the cost of meals provided to the community as we will be able to grow most of our ingredients for a plant based lifestyle on site in the garden with the help of the youth and staff.
The health of our youth is important to the leaders of WAIE. Thus, we provide full medical and dental benefits to the runaway and homeless youth who enrolled in our youth dormitory and with our school. Our residential staff will work with each youth to help them find medical and dental primaries that best fit their holistic needs.
The youth dormitories will be built with a focus on being environmentally friendly so that we’re doing less harm to the planet while helping the community. The dorm will gain its primary source for power through solar powered panels.
Also, with the environmentally friendly goals we will utilize greywater systems for the dormitory. Greywater is gently used water from your sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines. The system will allow us to better utilize water for dorm functions.
In an effort to help our youth succeed, not only will are they expected to contribute to cleaning, cooking, and other duties around the dormitory house, but they will be compensated for their work. This helps them have spending money and save for the future.
What is the Hebrew lifestyle youth will be expected to follow?
All youth who join the community of the WAIE dormitory will be expected to partake and follow the Hebrew lifestyle. The lifestyle is built on the ancestral teachings of our people before we were dispersed across the greater world. However, we don’t expect youth to follow every single element of the lifestyle on their first day, but instead show constant growth and improvement towards living the lifestyle over the course of their first few years with our community. Some examples of the lifestyle that youth will be expected to follow are:
- Participate in a plant based dietary lifestyle (our campus will be a pork free zone but designated clean meats will be available at times).
- Honor their elders in the dormitory, greater WAIE, and greater Hebrew community.
- To not stand by idly when a human life is in danger.
- To not do wrong by anyone in statements you make (includes lying and gossip).
- When gardening, to leave an unreaped corner of the field or orchard for the poor.
- To give charity according to one’s means (includes donations of time, food, and money to support those in need).
- Do not to travel on Shabbat outside the limits of one’s place of residence.
- To rest and not work on the Shabbat.
- In lending practices, to not to take part in any usurious transaction between borrower and lender, neither as a surety, nor as a witness, nor as a writer of the bond for them.
- To pay wages to the hired man/woman at the due time.
- To not to muzzle a beast while it is working in produce which it can eat and enjoy.
- Do not to steal personal property and do not pretend that you have not seen lost property so you can avoid the obligation of returning it.
- That those engaged in warfare shall not fear their enemies nor be panic-stricken by them during battle (includes fighting oppression).