Lessons in leadership are woven into every interaction, class and camp day. The foundation of our program is based on the following practices and goals:
Empowering youth voice and choice. Encouraging participation on all levels with varied and progressive leadership roles. Providing the opportunity to give beyond oneself.
Create opportunity for students to feel part of a group.
Mentor Access & Ask-listen-encourage
Students develop positive youth-adult partnerships and relationships. Staff abilities to carry out positive, purposeful interactions with students.
Role of staff in a conflict situation and ability of staff to turn a conflict situation into an opportunity for growth.
Social and Emotional Intelligence
Self-awareness (understanding one’s strengths and weaknesses), self-regulation (being in control over one’s emotions), motivation (using inner drive to accomplish tasks), empathy (understanding different points of view) and social skills (relating well to others)
Students learn how to develop positive relationships with peers and adults, practice team building, problem solving, conflict resolution, planning and decision-making skills. During class students collaborate creatively by creating forms and routines. Students are also asked to help teach younger students skills that they have already mastered.
Through weekly mat chats, students learn how to voice their opinions and are encouraged to share in group discussions.