After several inquiries and subsequent clarifications, I have decided to outline a little more specifically what exactly my proposed center seeks to do, as well as solicit feedback on it from here as well.
Disclaimer: Since these are still not completely official, they are subject to change.*
To provide a resource to assist, facilitate, and encourage continued student learning beyond the classroom in order to inspire a lifelong pursuit of knowledge.
experience as the key to inspiration
inspiration as the key to motivation
motivation as the key to self-empowerment
self-empowerment as the key to success
The center’s 4 Focus Areas:
Academics – provide tutoring in all academic subjects as well as music, art, tech, and other subjects students upon request.
Experiential – how we connect the kids to the city and all that it has to offer. We’ll try to partner with local organizations and get students the best deals (free or discounted) on different educational/experiential events. We’ll also announce outside academic opportunities (essay contests, math bowls, competitions, etc). This is a main component of what we want to do – expand learning outside of the classroom.
Events – events we host, or create in response to student needs/interests.
Student advocating – student feedback will constantly be solicited, as I truly want the students to feel that they are a part of this, that this is their center too.
The center is purposefully very flexible as well so that it can change and evolve to accommodate student need and interest. Our aim is to help students become self-motivated and self-empowered individuals who can take charge of their own learning as well as seek out the world beyond the classroom to become more enriched, global citizens.
*The center has no official title or name yet either