Tending Children & Youth

Discovery Learning Class Series

A discovery-learning class is an 8-week series of 90-minute classes or 12-week series of 60-minute classes. They are all hands-on, cooperative, discover-as-you-go experiences that participants of all ages love.

Garden Club
Hosting a garden club at your school, community center or place of worship is the perfect way to learn by doing. Garden clubs provide for the weekly maintenance of newly started gardens. In most situations club gardeners take onsite responsibility for coordination of composting initiatives, the care of livestock, the tending of growing beds and the upkeep of installed systems. Club gardeners young and old grow closer together, closer to the earth and more in touch with themselves.

garden club

Amakiasu’s People’s Village Project
The People’s Village Project is a landmark innovation in discovery learning that engages young people in the collaborative process of creating vital, supportive, and sustainable communities. Throughout the project, participants from 6 yrs and up develop leadership skills, learn to work cooperatively and practice the art of conflict prevention and resolution. Cultivating these skills at a young age serves as a preventative measure against many societal ills impacting children and adults, including bullying, isolation, alienation and the callous disregard we often have for one another.

Participants in the project are introduced to design shifts in community planning, that can facilitate more frequent human interaction with nature and each other and ameliorate some of the environmental issues facing our planet, such as:

  • Global climate change
  • Endangerment and extinction of plants and animals
  • Depletion of essential resources such as fresh water, fertile land and fossil fuels
  • Overcrowding in urban areas and its ramifications

 

Skill-building Workshops

Individual workshops can be combined to form multi-day cultural competence trainings.

Growing Greatness
This workshop focuses on empowering adolescents and adults to live lives of principle guided, relational success not just individual accomplishment. Through involvement and reflective discussions, insightful activities and real life role-plays, participants will practice identifying and organizing their priorities with an understanding of the immutable laws of relationship and leadership. They will develop the tools to cultivate plant and tend the seeds of greatness in their own lives and lives of others. (Ages 12 & up)

HeartSmarts
Did you know that ‘heart–smarts’ impact personal success much more than ‘head–smarts’ ever will? Skills such as tenacity, optimism, self-discipline and empathy are a part of what we call ‘heart–smarts’ or emotional intelligence. To master these skills is to master self and to increase your ability to build strong relationships. Share in small group activities especially designed to help students, teachers and parents improve the quality of their interaction with each other. (Ages 12 & up)

Together We Stand
All the talent in the world won’t guarantee a team’s success. Unless team members live as a team, worked as a team and think as a team, they will never consistently succeed as a team. Learn the secrets of group success; then put them into practice and our very own team tournament of champions. (Ages 12 & up)

Peacemaker
There are three ways to handle conflict: (1) avoid it; (2) improve relations; or (3) eliminate interaction altogether. The challenge is how to know when to do which. How do you decide? Once you’ve decided how do you make your intentions reality? Discover your options with us using real-life scenarios. Strengthen your skill and resolve to live in peace… no matter the cost. (Ages 12 & up)

Building Bridges
Differences between cultures and generations, though real, are not meant to divide. They are meant to fuel a creative tension that if harnessed can change the world. Learn how to bridge the man may divide between races and/or ages by confronting the issues of race and age head-on with someone unlike yourself. (Ages 15 & up)

All Eyes on You
How long does it take to make a positive impression? 30 seconds is initially all you have– which means that you have a very short time in which to accomplish a great deal. When comes to making positive impressions, practice really does make perfect. So come practice with us. (Ages 15 & up)

Day in the Life of a Farmer
Wake up with a farmer (metaphorically, of course) and race the sun to get all your chores done. Activities range from a general tour an overview of the farm for younger ones to actual farm projects for older groups. Come along on a quest to discover what makes natural sustainable farming the best. (All ages)

EarthSmarts
Treasure hunt to discover the things we do that you can do to to maintain good relationship with mother Earth. It’s a quest to care for the earth so it will in turn care for us. (Ages 9 & up)

Worms Ate Her Garbage!
Did you know that worms can turn food waste into everything plants need to grow? Learn how to construct and maintain a worm bin and use the resulting vermi-compost as fertilizer for your garden. Join the quest to discover how worms and composting keep our environment help scratch were healthy and decrease the size of our garbage dumps. (All ages)

Grow Your Own
Why by vegetables and flowers from the supermarket when you can grow your own learn how to start, tend a hand harvest your own produce in the quest to find the healthiest way to get the food you need. Whether your interest is raised growing beds, indoor microgreens or soil-less growing, we can help. And you don’t even need land to do it. (All ages)