Interactive community membership program offering group workshops and outings for young people in middle, high school, college and the workplace who have a range of abilities to explore interest areas, embark on new, creative learning experiences 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.
Community-based classes where mentors work with directly with participants and in mentoring teams to build social-communication, executive functioning and leadership skills through innovative, customized projects in hands-on creative arts, nature & wellness themes and an array of subject areas, some directed towards college and career preparation, at our center and in community settings. We use a project-based learning framework which taps into each individuals’ inherent strengths while increasing self-esteem, assisting with life goals and direction, enabling participants to find and follow their bliss!
Guidance and transition planning includes goal setting and problem solving to assist young adults in overcoming obstacles and building skills to reach their full potential as they enter new chapters of their lives. We meet each individual where they are to learn, grow and thrive into adulthood, taking experiences attained and formulating them into an action plan for life, school and career while minimizing anxiety, enabling success and well-being. Sessions are typically scheduled in alignment with mentoring experiences.
Education, support and resources for parents and professionals based on the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach for working with all of our young people, especially those who exhibit challenging behavior due to varying degrees of lagging skills and unsolved problems. Learning and behavior are interconnected. Become part of a community who understands that “children do well if they can”. Benefit from positive psychology and learn how to remedy learned helplessness and cultivate learned optimism!
Consultations provide a roadmap to guide families of young people with a range of abilities to address educational and social-emotional concerns while devising a plan to work with school personnel and community resources. Training which blends mentoring, tutoring and skill building is offered for young people, parents and professionals by educators who embrace whole-child learning methods with strengths as the entry-point, recognizing that one-size-does-not-fit-all.
Meadow Farm Plant & Learn sessions combine presentations with hands-on interactive farming activities in a variety of topic areas. Guided Forest Bathing experiences offer nature exploration with physical and emotional health benefits. NEW Nature & Wellness Workshops provide creative respite opportunities incorporating the arts. We invite the community at-large to heal, learn and grow with us on the premises of our historic property and organic farm for all ages, learning styles and needs, enhancing academics, embracing creativity and enabling calm and connection. Groups welcome!
Design, planning and consulting services to assist schools and local community organizations in starting their own gardens which can serve as an outdoor classroom while community members come to recognize that environmental and personal wellness are interdependent, developing new “stewards” for Earth. Hands-on training includes Seed Starts, Nature Communities and Compost & Worms. In taking care of Earth and understanding our innate connection to all living systems, we can develop a deeper understanding of “well-being” while cultivating the physical and social-emotional health of our young people and communities in the process.
Long Island History In Your Own Backyard reflects the life and times of local families and the farming and maritime culture to which they were connected. Learning from the wisdom of those who came before us, can enlighten minds and strengthen community bonds. Presentations, activities, house and walking tours are held on the Jericho Preserve. Discover the web of Quaker and African American communities that resided in Jericho, Wantagh/N. Bellmore and Old Bethpage and their involvement in abolition and the Underground Railroad. Current Modules: Long Island Quakers, The Underground Railroad on L.I., Historic Malcolm House and Women in Abolition.
During this 4-week summer general public program, young adults are introduced to a sampling of hands-on nature and wellness workshops and activities across a range of topic areas and creative outlets. Games and team-building, too! Meeting on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, participants will come together for outdoor learning experiences, enjoy camaraderie and minimize anxiety. Learn what diversity in nature has to teach through exploration and discovery of plants, animals, land and water in our Long Island “learnscape”, connecting us as kin. Guided by our farmers, teachers, peer-mentors and community partners, there is something for everyone!