We work with the Beacon member to understand their personal learning goals and help them express learning intentions. The conversation begins with a review of the member's interests, needs, and strengths. This is used as a basis for helping the member choose how they can best make use of their time at Beacon.
In concert with the advisor, each member works out how to make the best use of their time while at Beacon. The focus revolves around the teen's interests and may include classes, projects, and other activities - such as independent study, tutoring, and in general taking advantage of the resources at Beacon and in the community.
Relationship is at the core of the Beacon experience, and the Beacon advisor is an important mentor and guide who plays a key role for each member. Beacon advisors start by meeting individuals where they are and, through regular meetings, help them make meaningful connections between all of their interests, experiences, strengths, and imaginings. Beacon wants to inspire young people to be change-makers, flexible thinkers, questioning, curious and engaged. We believe it is important to live deeply, thoughtfully, confidently, and above all, to trust yourself to make choices about your own learning.
Parents are partners. Ideally, the member's goals are based on personal interests and strengths while also keeping in mind the importance of parental input.
The Beacon advisor is available to engage with parents as often as necessary to envision possibilities, review achievements, and address any questions or concerns. We have a small team but we are very involved and strive to develop a relationship with each Beacon member. We are here to help and support you, and want to be in contact on a regular basis.
Classes, Workshops, and Tutorials
Beacon offers classes, workshops, and tutorials between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Our classes represent the interests and passions of our current collection of members and staff, and cover a range of topics. Most classes have fewer than 10 students. Take a look at the Beacon calendar for a glance at our past and current class schedule.
Beacon advisors are happy to assist members in arranging one-on-one or small group study.
We have a core teaching staff of experienced professionals and an extended staff composed of community volunteers, fellows, and work-study students who are excited to be working with the youth.
Beacon is a respectful community and a wonderful place for young people to be. The center provides a bright and welcoming space to be inspired, learn, interact, study, find quiet, think, and play. An important aspect of the environment is the culture of acceptance and flexibility that sets the stage for individual comfort and support, nurturing healthy social interactions.