The Children’s Sangha has developed the Student Leadership Initiative to support young adults in caring and advocating for people and planet! Young leaders who work with The Children’s Sangha and our community partners are guided in creating a more compassionate, just and sustainable world… They take on various roles through internship positions, mentoring opportunities and community activism. In supporting one another and collaborating as change-makers, our young people will find and follow their bliss and impact the lives of others and our world.
Our program administrators are responsible for our three-part orientation training: “Nature Communities” (describing the purpose of developing an ecopsychological world-view, understanding how we are all connected and ways in which we can contribute to our world and help to spark the process by which young adults become “stewards” for one another and Earth), “Civics 101” (promoting the quality of life within a community through civic engagement where knowledge, skill, values and motivation makes a difference in the lives of others) and “Find Your Voice in Social Action” (learning from history and the wisdom of those who came before us with particular focus on the progressive era of the early 20th century which has reinforces our philosophy while paving the way for new ideas).
One of our partnerships is with the Women’s Diversity Network (WDN) as participants in the Youth Council. Our young people work together on a range of projects including student-driven workshops and events for Long Island schools and community groups. Last year, they ran March for Our Lives on the SUNY Old Westbury campus! This year they will be organizing a film screening of Black Panther with a workshop, entitled Black Panther Unpacked, at SUNY College at Old Westbury in collaboration with the American Studies and First Year Experience Departments. And, young people in Student Leadership with those in our Project Stewardship program will volunteer at the LIWDN 2019 Summit as some did last year. Details forthcoming in early 2019!
Additionally, we will be offering SPIRALS – Talent and Skills Development Events which showcase talents to inspire! We will introduce SPIRALS with focus on “The Arts” and include performances, demonstrations, exhibits and hands-on activities organized and presented by our young people about their work, interests, challenges and successes.
Just as the spiral represents the process of learning and growing, it reveals that life does not proceed in a straight line. The path of life more closely resembles a spiral. We seem to pass the same point over and over again but from a different perspective each time. The spiral stands for coming into being. It is the journey of life! We welcome the Long Island community in supporting our young people and nurturing their gifts while we learn from one another.
If interested in supporting SPIRALS, please subscribe to our e-mail list at the top of this page, and we will be sure to send you announcements once our first event has been scheduled.
Student Leadership Application
[Art Courtesy of Sid Mosdell]