About Hampshire Youth Connect

This blog is a colorful space for summer interns and CITs to document their learning about leadership, performance and community. Using advanced and basic media, our documentarians present the experiences of the summer Hampshire Youth Connect program. We aim to support and foster reflection on our summer experiences and note the ways in which we are learning new skills. This space will hopefully bring cohesiveness to all of the programming happening simultaneously on the Hampshire campus via Hampshire Youth Connect.

Just to give you a glimpse at another one of Hampshire Youth Connect’s summer programs, here’s the quick low-down for what’s happening on and around the farm with our many community partners!

Counselors in Training (CITs) from the Treehouse Community in Easthampton are working as staff at a day camp at the Hampshire Farm. Farm and Garden Camp is run by an organization called The Farm Education Collaborative.

For their professional development and to hone facilitation skills the CITs are working with the Enchanted Circle Theater twice a week and are learning theater games to bring back to their campers. CITs are also getting the chance to work with current Hampshire College faculty as well as students and alums while integrating more theater practice with the Child Drama and Community Program.

The CITs will also have the opportunity to spend a week in the metal shop at the Lemelson Center for Design to build practical sculptures to be used at the community garden at the Treehouse Community.

So far it has been (and will continue to be) a fun, farmy, educational time!

Garlic from the Hampshire Farm
Garlic from the Hampshire Farm.
Photo source: http://www.hampshire.edu/academics/5735.htm

Another one of the many exciting happenings of Hampshire Youth Connect is an ongoing collaboration with the Care Center of Holyoke MA. The Care Center, is joining current Hampshire College students and staff for an 8 week intensive about energy sources, with a focus in solar energy design.

Exploring ways to modify battery powered toys as a way to master soldering.

Exploring ways to modify battery powered toys as a way to master soldering.

To see the program blog from summer 2011, click here.


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