Intermediate Program

10 to 17 Year Olds

The intermediate program adds topic-based workshops to our core self-directed program. Participants ages 10 and up meet at the Cope House on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This gives the intermediates the opportunity to collaborate with a large group of mixed ages. It encourages the growth of peer relationships so critical to this age, and allows more choice and individualization during a time that is a transition for many young people. We provide a safe and social space that respects the individual, nurtures curiosity and supports their desire to learn.

In this program participants enjoy group activities, collaborative projects, individual exercises, and have time to direct their own learning process. Facilitators initiate group games and team building, lead lessons that expose participants to a wide variety of topics, mentor students in areas where they want to acquire depth, and provide a positive atmosphere for social growth. Participants learn how to listen to the ideas of others, how to observe and partake in their success and failures, how to communicate effectively and respectfully, how to share with others, and how to respond to feedback and accept help.

Our Topic-Based Workshops, allow the young people and facilitators to choose individual topics they would like to study together in greater depth. Topic-Based Workshops are 6 or 7 weeks long, and can cover any subjects the group chooses to learn under the facilitators guidance. As all of our programming is non-coercive, Intermediate participants may choose to take part of the Open Studio if they are not interested in a particular topic session. It is expected, however, that they opt in or out for the entire 6 or 7 weeks. Annual enrollment in the Intermediate Program gives participants access to all ten Topic-Based Workshops, and they may choose to partake or not the week each topic begins.

Topic-Based Workshops

Our workshops allow young people and facilitators to choose individual topics to study together in greater depth. Topic-Based Workshops are 6 or 7 weeks long, and can cover any subjects the group chooses to learn under the facilitators guidance. Past workshops have included such topics as, Architecture, Writing, Botany, US Government, Economics, World Cultures, Art Journaling, Cooking, History, Improv, and Service Projects. All workshops are inclusive of age and ability, and are designed to continue our mission of self-directed and experiential learning. Our intention is that all participants are offered some topics that appeal to them during the course of the year. In this way, we combine collaborative learning with individualized facilitation.

The two workshop topics for the first fall session will be planned the facilitators based on input from the 2015-2016 participants. The remaining topics will be decided by the group after the start of 2016-2017 program year.

* Registration for individual workshops only will open as space allows.

Open Studio

Open Studio is a self-directed space where young people can collaborate on projects, play games, explore art concepts, and work independently. Art supplies, games, etc will be provided by the Facilitators, but participants may also bring in items from home. Open Studio is a space to share ideas, develop skills in table top games, collaborate on craft projects, and socialize. We intend for youth who attend to feel a sense of belonging, freedom to express themselves while respecting the rights of others, and maintain a safe and positive environment.