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Summary: The Adirondack Folk School is the only school of its kind in the country dedicated to teaching the arts, crafts and culture of this unique Adirondack region. The Adirondack Folk School teaches the joy of learning through hands-on experiences. In addition to our hands-on courses, Adirondack storytellers and musicians share the culture of the Adirondacks through demonstrations, special programs and our fireside evening gatherings.
We're a non-profit 501 (c)( 3) school made up of local artisans, crafts people and volunteers interested in promoting and teaching these skills in a non-competitive environment focused on the student.
Summary: The Baltimore Algebra Project (BAP) is a youth-led math literacy program that uses peer-to-peer tutoring and experiential pedagogy to strengthen math skills, employ youth, and develop leadership potential. The youth of the BAP believe that math skills are a gateway to breaking the cycle of poverty that afflicts urban youth.
Summary: BYOP is a live community of youth, supported by adults, who are fighting for justice in the Boston area and beyond! We are involved in local, regional, and national projects for social and youth justice.We are an organization of youth, led by youth and supported by adults, who are united by a common purpose: to increase youth power and create positive social change. To do this, we develop counter-cultural values, build relationships across differences, train and develop leaders, identify key issues of concern and take action for justice.
Summary: Dubbing themselves The Resistance, a group of Bronx students have decided to “Occupy” public education, releasing a 10 point plan for reforming New York City's public school system. Some of their demands include "a healthy, safe environment that does not expect our failure or anticipate our criminality,” class sizes that are “humane and productive,” and “student assessments and evaluations that reflect the variety of ways that we learn and think.”
Summary: The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries.The Center specializes in civic/citizenship education, law-related education, and international educational exchange programs for developing democracies. Today, the Center administers a wide range of critically acclaimed curricular, professional development, and community-based programs.
Summary: Founded as a public/private partnership between the New York State Unified Court System and the Fund for the City of New York, the Center for Court Innovation helps the justice system aid victims, reduce crime, strengthen neighborhoods, and improve public trust in justice. The Center combines action and reflection to spark innovation locally, nationally, and internationally.
The Center for Court Innovation seeks to improve the juvenile justice system in a number of ways. For example, it has created youth courts that use positive peer pressure to encourage young people who have engaged in wrongdoing to repay the community; youthful offender domestic violence courts that address relationship abuse among teenagers; and alternative-to-detention programs that work with young people arrested for delinquency charges. The goal of all of the Center's juvenile justice projects is to provide troubled young people with the structure and support they need to avoid future delinquent behavior.
Summary: The Center for Educational Pathways is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved children and their teachers build creative pathways to academic success. Our flagship programs are The Comic Book Project and Youth Music Exchange. We partner with schools, libraries, afterschool programs, and community-based organizations throughout the United States and internationally to promote creativity as a key component to the academic growth and social development of every child.
Summary: Challenge Day's mission is to provide youth and their communities with experiential workshops and programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression. Our 6 1/2-hour Challenge Day program is designed for 100 students. Our program is created to build connection and empathy, and to fulfill our vision that every child lives in a world where they feel safe, loved, and celebrated. Challenge Day is more than a one-day program. It is the spark that ignites a movement of compassion and positive change, known as the Be the Change movement.
Summary: The Chicago Freedom School is not a traditional school, but a nonprofit organization committed to supporting social change movements led by youth with support from adult allies. The Chicago Freedom School provides a space where young people and adult allies can study the work of past movements, deepen their understanding of current social problems, build new coalitions and develop strategies for change. We support new generations of critical and independent thinking young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world. The Chicago Freedom School is inspired by the many freedom schools started in the 1960s in Mississippi and by local groups throughout the country to address racial inequalities in the educational system.
Summary: Chicago Youth Initiating Change is a student-led organization that will ensure every school is designed to provide every student with a relevant and challenging education that prepares us to reach our greatest potential and face the real world. We, the students, with help from our teachers, families and friends, will identify systemic inequalities, injustices, and inefficiencies in our schools and communities and push to resolve them through constructive means.
Summary: Common Ground is a center for environmental learning and leadership located in New Haven, CT. It is a place where all members of the community - young and elementary-aged children, middle and high school students, the general public, and environmental practitioners - can find connections to the local environment, each other, and opportunities for learning and engagement.
Common Ground is:
* An environmental education center, offering programs that connect people of all ages with the natural world while helping them develop habits of sustainable living.
* Connecticut's only charter high school focused on the environment, preparing students for both success in college and environmental leadership.
* An urban demonstration farm, modeling practices of sustainable agriculture and contributing to a healthy food system for New Haven residents.
* A 20-acre laboratory for environmental research, sustainable living, the study of natural and human history, and community-building.
Summary: DESIGN FOR CHANGE is the largest global movement designed to give children an opportunity to express their own ideas for a better world and put them into action. Children and adults learn through the Design for Change Challenge that “I Can” are the two most powerful words a person can believe. Children who have discovered this are changing their world. The challenge asks students to do four very simple things: Feel, Imagine, Do, and Share. Children are dreaming up and leading brilliant ideas all over the world, from challenging age-old superstitions in rural communities, to earning their own money to finance school computers to solving the problem of heavy school bags - children are proving that they have what it takes to be able to 'design' a future that is desired.
Summary: Detroit Summer is a multi-racial, inter-generational collective in Detroit that has been working to transform communities through youth leadership, creativity and collective action since 1992. Started by James and Grace Lee Boggs and Michelle Brown, Detroit Summer's youth-led program empowers young people to help create a better city and world.
Summary: The Digital Youth Network (DYN) is a hybrid digital literacy program that creates opportunities for youth to engage in learning environments that span both in-school and out-of-school contexts. The DYN model focuses heavily on the sixth- to eighth-grade experience through explicit connections to school-based curriculum, interest-based clubs that require youth to use new media literacies in order to participate, and remix competitions and “open shop” times (both virtual and place-based) where youth are supported in using new media literacies to explore their own questions and push their imaginations.
Summary: DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the U.S. that helps young people rock causes they care about. A driving force in creating a culture of volunteerism, DoSomething.org is on track to activate two million young people in 2011. By leveraging the web, television, mobile, and pop culture, DoSomething.org inspires, empowers and celebrates a generation of doers: young people (25 and under) who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action.
Summary: Eagle Rock is both a school for high school age students and a professional development center for adults, particularly educators. The school is a year-round, residential, and full-scholarship school that enrolls young people ages 15-17 from around the United States in an innovative learning program with national recognition. The Professional Development Center hosts educators from around the world who wish to study how to re-engage students in learning, keep them in school, get them graduated, and help them go on to make a difference in the world.
Summary: Founded over 30 years ago, El Puente is a community initiative working for peace and social change through 4 major programs: youth leadership and civic engagement activities, arts-focused projects, community health and environmental wellness initiatives, and El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice - founded 20 years ago as the first school in the U.S. dedicated to human rights and social justice. While each branch has its unique focus and goals, member are nurtured within an integrated, holistic program that draws from all four divisions, developing a well-rounded social awareness that prompts action and expression. True peace is the natural result of justice, and true justice can only be made possible by comprehension and compassion. We believe that individuals who are just can constitute nothing but a just community, and just communities will thus amount to a just and peaceful world.
GENERATION WAKING UP is a global campaign to ignite a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, sustainable world. We strive to:
- Awaken in young people a clear sense of who we are as a generation, an understanding of the urgent global challenges and opportunities we face, and a calling to take action.
- Empower young people with the training, mentoring, and support needed to thrive as global citizens, leaders, and change agents in the 21st century.
- Mobilize young people locally and globally across issues, geography, and all lines of difference, unleashing the collaborative power of our generation.
Summary: Global Action Project works with young people most affected by injustice to build the knowledge, tools, and relationships needed to create media for community power, cultural expression, and political change. Founded in 1991, Global Action Project has provided media-arts and leadership education for thousands of youth living in underserved communities across New York City and the country.
Summary: Hole-in-the-Wall is one such idea, which offers the world a surprisingly fresh perspective on the learning process. Breaking the traditional confines of a school, Hole-in-The-Wall Education Limited (HiWEL) takes the Learning Station to the playground, employs a unique collaborative learning approach and encourages children to explore, learn and just enjoy! As a concept, Hole-in-the-Wall has multiple dimensions and a potential which is virtually limitless. What it offers someone depends on the perspective one is looking from.