Carlisle Academy’s Apprentice Program offers community members a valuable educational exchange based on a service-learning model. The Academy’s Therapy & Adaptive Program thrives in part because of the dedication of people who offer their time and talents to help our therapy students reach their fullest potential. The primary role of an apprentice is assisting students in the Therapy & Adaptive Program as sidewalkers, walking next to our riders and offering varying levels of physical support as needed. Sidewalkers may also assist the instructor or therapist in carrying out activities during the lesson. Occasional help with facility, equine, and equipment upkeep is also needed.
In return for a commitment to sidewalk in at least one lesson one day per week for a 7-week session, apprentices are offered enriching benefits which include:
- Educational Series. Held several times throughout our program year, the educational series covers various equine and disability-related topics. These sessions are held at Carlisle Academy and are free to apprentices.
- Additional educational opportunities in the course of their side-walking schedule.
- Active apprentices receive 15% off recreational riding lessons at Carlisle Academy. *Must have been actively sidewalking in past six months or during the season in which you want to ride.
To apply for the Apprentice Program, interested individuals must be at least 14 years old and complete an application packet. After acceptance into the Apprentice Program, individuals must attend a mandatory two hour training taught by Carlisle Academy staff.
2013 Apprentice Orientation & Training Dates
Saturday, March 2, 10:00 – 12 noon
Monday, June 24, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Tuesday, August 27, 5:00 – 7:00pm