More missions

I’ve been thinking a lot about my mission.  Some questions I keep coming back to:

Do I want it to be exclusively for “high needs” kids?

– Do I want it to focus solely on improving academic achievement?  Or do I want to include some aspect of character development as well?

– When will kids be participating in the program?  Is it during school?  After school?  Some other time???

Some other programs that I am familiar with/have come across have the following missions:

Outward Bound – “To inspire character development and self-discovery in people of all ages and walks of life through challenge and adventure, and to impel them to achieve more than they ever though possible, to show compassion for others and to actively engage in creating a better world.”

Rocking the Boat – “Youth development through wooden boat building and on-water education in the bronx.”

And they further elaborate:

“Rocking the Boat uses boats to help young people challenged by severe economic, educational, and social disadvantage develop into empowered and responsible adults. Participating during the school-day, after-school, and summer in hands-on wooden boatbuilding and on-water education programs, young people in the South Bronx develop the self-confidence to set ambitious goals and the skills needed to achieve them.”

Urban Workshop – “Urban Workshop NYC provides students with an opportunity to engage in rigorous academic learning in an applied setting.  Through carefully connected studies in math, literature, and writing, students in the program learn to plan, design and carry out construction projects in various New York City communities.  In this integrated learning process, they:

•    make tangible, real-world connections with their academic learning
•    develop practical skills and a sense of craft
•    connect with community members in various New York City neighborhoods and serve their needs
•    understand issues of environmental, economic and social justice facing New York City communities
•    build teamwork and leadership skills
•    gain a clear sense of accomplishment
The program helps students develop the skills, understanding and confidence they need to earn a high school diploma and succeed in the future.”
BELL – “BELL exists to dramatically increase the academic achievements, self-esteem and life opportunities of children living in low-income, urban communities.”
Playworks – “To improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.”
Obviously, this is just a short list.  If you know of a program you find interesting/think I should know about, send it my way!

2 Responses to “More missions”

  1. 1 Justin W. July 12, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Don’t forget Urban Assembly New York Harbor School!

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