Youth Program

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By Emily Hart, 2014 Environmental Education Program Coordinator:

I’m excited for my first summer at Courageous as the Environmental Education Program Coordinator. We’ve had a great first week!

We have two initiatives this summer to encourage staff and students to take positive actions on environmental issues: Meatless Monday and Waste-Free Wednesday. On Mondays, students in each step will receive one point for a lunch without beef, pork, poultry or fish, and on Wednesdays, students will receive one point for a lunch that produces zero waste (reusable containers, real silverware, cloth napkin, lunchbox or canvas bag). Waste and pollution from livestock production contributes to global climate change and damages ocean ecosystems, so we’re excited to help students learn how they can make small changes that have big impacts on their own health and the health of the oceans. Waste-Free Wednesday is in its second summer and it’s great to continue the conversation on how trash from land ends up in the ocean.

This week in the summer youth sailing school, we talked about crustaceans and jellies! We played crab tag and Invasive Species Web of Life to learn more about how the invasive Asian shore crab is affecting ecosystems here in Boston Harbor. In the Summer Learning Program, we explored the simple machines on sailboats, made windmills and used energy from the sun to cook s’mores in solar ovens! Imagine smiling faces and sticky chocolate fingers. I’m excited to work with the Instructors in Training (IITs) to give them a broad base in environmental issues (this week we learned about waste!) and to develop a related service-learning project over the coming weeks. 

in Green

 

Courageous Sailing is proud to announce its first cross-curriculum program with Brooklyn Boulders of Somerville! BKB Courageous Explorers is a unique program for kids ages 8 – 11 who want to embark on the quest of the summer! Who is Brooklyn Boulders?

Details

June 16th – 20th. Each day begins at 9:30am and ends at 4:00pm. Families must take care of their own transportation to and from the program at both sites. Course fee: $550 per child. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide financial assistance for this program.

Highlights

  • Monday and Tuesday at Brooklyn Boulders – bouldering, roped climbing, auto belays, slacklining and more!
  • Wednesday and Thursday at Courageous Sailing – master the basics of sailing through a games-based approach aboard a stable keelboat!
  • Spend Friday on a sailing expedition to a Boston Harbor island to explore and play team building games!

How to Register

Registration is open to all and is "first-booked, first-served." Space is limited to 15 students, so book your adventure today! Register on the Brooklyn Boulders Somerville website.

Our Staff

Our experienced staff will keep your kids engaged while they learn the ropes for climbing and sailing; building skills and confidence and making friends along the way!

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

Email the Brooklyn Boulders Somerville Youth Program Manager at Shea@BrooklynBoulders.com.  For more info about Brooklyn Boulders programs, booking and cancellation policies, and what to expect, visit the Brooklyn Boudlders Somerville website

 

Register for the 2014 Summer Youth Program Lottery!

Online Form Available March 10 - March 28

 
The 2014 summer youth program lottery registration period will begin on Monday, March 10th. Every year Courageous serves 1,000 youth from the Boston area. Space is very limited and we expect to reach capacity again this summer. It is important to note that registration is lottery based, not 'first come, first served'. Follow the links below to learn everything you need to know about courses, lottery registration and scholarship information.
Courses | Registration | Fees & Scholarships
The Wallace Foundation Summer Learning Demonstration: Boston Public Schools/Boston After School and Beyond

This year, the Courageous Summer Youth Program participated in the Summer Learning Project (SLP) for the second year.  This program is part of a national study to help reduce summer learning loss and Courageous is lucky to be part of a great network of other nonprofits in Boston. Organizations currently participating in SLP include: Tenacity, Thompson Island Outward Bound, Ponkapoag Outdoor Center, Hale Reservation, YMCA Boston, and Boys and Girls Club Boston.

SLP works with rising 4th graders from Boston Public Schools who are identified as being at risk for summer learning loss.  Throughout the five-week program, students study at school in the morning, then join us at our sailing center in Charlestown or Jamaica Pond.  While at the sailing center with us, students learn marine biology in an experiential, hands-on setting before heading out on the water on one of our Rhodes 19 sailboats.  Through investigation based learning, the students explore a range of scientific topics including life cycles, aquatic ecosystems, and damage caused by environmental pollution and oil spills.  Each lesson includes a literary component as well as an engaging activity that employs our surroundings as a living classroom.

The students that participate in our program have been selected because assessments identify them as being in a vulnerable population, academically. For many of our kids, factors including learning challenges, language barriers and behavioral control, significantly impede their access to comprehending and engaging with new material. Unfortunately, these students can eventually become very discouraged by repeated attempts to make progress. Often, they come to internalize this condition, and may even give up trying at all. 

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One of the most rewarding experiences for me as an environmental educator this summer was working with the Instructors in Training (IITs).  At Courageous, the IITs are high school students who have attended the summer youth program for many years or are interested in becoming a sailing instructor.

The environmental aspect of the IIT program has two main components: learning more about environmental science and learning how to teach environmental science.  Each week, on Tuesday afternoons, I facilitated a mini-lecture on the week’s topic (mammals, crustaceans, sharks, etc), then the IITs participated in hands-on activities or experiments to further understand the subject.  These lessons were appropriate for high school level learners, using proper vocabulary and themes.  However, the hands-on activities were always fun and allowed the IITs the chance to immerse themselves in the learning in a fully enjoyable way.

On Thursday afternoons, the IITs and I worked on how to teach environmental topics to their future sailing students. These lessons often involved half of the group of IITs pretending to be beginning sailing students and the other half of the IITs facilitating an environmental activity for them.  Sometimes the lessons focused more on how to talk to students about nature and the outdoors while sailing.

I had a great time working with the IITs this summer.  Their energy and willingness to learn were a true inspiration.  I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to lead future instructors in becoming more environmentally aware and  more eager to teach environmental education to their students.

in Green