The Children’s Sangha has developed the Student Leadership Partnership to support young adults in caring and advocating for people and planet! Youth 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.
Youth Leaders are responsible for our four-part orientation training: History for a New Tomorrow, Whole-Person Education for Today’s Youth, Nature Therapy for a Changing World 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 reinforces our philosophy while paving the way for new ideas. Educating the whole-learner via heart-centered educational experiences leads into social action opportunities. It is wonderful to observe and interact with our young people as they are inspired by an interconnected understanding of self, others and the natural world! Join our collaborative community…
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 organized 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 worked with some of our Project Stewardship young adults to volunteere at the LIWDN Summit in 2018 and 2019.
Additionally, in the near future, we will be offering SPIRALS – Talent and Skills Development Events which showcase talents to inspire! SPIRALS will be introduced 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.
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[Art Courtesy of Sid Mosdell]