“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the
compassionate actions of its members.”
– Coretta Scott King
On Giving Tuesday through end of the year, we invite you to support our heart-centered learning programs towards the education and well-being of participants. Our Project Stewardship and Civic Mentoring programs are for teens and young adults who have a range of abilities and needs, enabling them to find meaning in learning, grow at their developmental pace, and be valued for who they are and how they learn, building skills and friendships in the process. Your generosity plays a critical role in the lives of our young people…
Those who participate in our programs truly represent our society as a whole, yet we often segregate people into two categories, those with “typical needs” and those with “special needs”. This has created a stigma impacting our young people and that we work with them to overcome.
The reality is… we all have different abilities and needs as reflected in our philosophy which also informs our teaching methods and the environment we have created at Sangha Education Center. The term “Twice Exceptional” or “2e”, coined almost 30 years ago, sheds light on this concept. Most of our young people have high ability or giftedness, often paired with ADHD, Autism, Anxiety/OCD and learning differences such as Dyslexia/Dysgraphia.
Our programs meet each individual where they are to help them truly learn, grow and thrive into adulthood. This is what everyone needs. And given the rise in anxiety amongst young people today, Sangha programs are more important than ever. At Sangha, we are one human family and recognize that in working on behalf of one another we all flourish.
Our Project Stewardship membership program allows young people to explore interest areas and embark on new, creative learning experiences through group workshops, outings, and special events guided by passion-sharing adults while developing friendships with peers and mentors. Pairing education and socialization on our premises or that of our community partners, participants have the chance to cultivate leadership skills, build self-confidence and take-part in advocating for people and planet.
Civic Mentoring offers a project-based learning framework which taps into the inherent abilities of participants. We work with young people through individualized peer mentoring experiences and mentoring teams to build various functional skills, deepen knowledge in interest areas, and embark on opportunities for career and college preparation. Self-esteem increases as they work on real-life projects-based goals established through our skills development plans. Professional oversight and guidance are provided on both the educational and social-emotional level.
$50 = Contributes to art and carpentry supplies, garden tools, and other items for our Project Stewardship and Civic Mentoring projects that enable the wide-range of opportunities we offer our young people to become a reality. Hands-on learning shifts the educational experience and increases a sense of well-being while developing friendships though team-building.
$100 = Provides funding towards the Civic Mentoring program, off-setting the years of challenge our young people have faced and validates them for who they are and how they learn. Without these skill-building methods, challenges would continue to impact their college, career and general life functioning. Your support enables a meaningful life direction for our youth.
$500 = Supports Project Stewardship and Civic Mentoring by providing specialized teachers and technology to educate in areas of high interest to young people with learning differences using methods that have been intrinsic to previous successes. Specialized teachers are needed for certain project types and topics and the need for state-of-the-art technology for media projects will ensure program sustainability.
All gifts, large or small, will positively impact the lives of our young people. We appreciate your generosity! Take a look at the various ways to provide support during this time of year…