Beacon Self-Directed Learning is an alternative learning environment for teens, aged 12-18. Flexible and non-coercive, our collaborative staff guides teens towards taking responsibility for their own education, and envisioning and realizing goals at their own pace. As a 501(3)c, Beacon will work with families to make it financially possible for any motivated teen to attend Beacon.
Beacon opened in April 2013 with a six week pilot program. Now in its third full year, Beacon has a small staff of four and a group of volunteers. Beacon Self Directed Learning was founded on the premise that school is not a one size fits all environment. Beacon was created to provide an alternative learning center for those teens who were not fully engaged in the learning process in school. Our advisors support teens in finding meaningful learning through helping to identify strengths, passions and opportunities.
A small, social venture in education located in New Haven and serving Connecticut-based young people and their families from all over the state, Beacon has radically changed the lives of families and teens since April 2013. Teens who were disengaged, came to Beacon and found community, positive inspiration and began to believe in themselves again. Concerned parents saw their children reconnect with learning and succeed in taking charge of their education. Dedicated volunteers found meaning through teaching.
Beacon’s financial accomplishment is its grassroots funded start-up phase and keeping its doors open to continue to provide a radically alternative path for individuals not thriving in school. Beacon has been funded primarily through membership fees and individual donations. Beacon has succeeded in not turning a family away because of financial hardship by using a tiered fee structure. Over 98 percent of our members require drastically reduced fees. Beacon manages to run on a fine thread budget. Our small staff continues to create a unique, welcoming and flexible learning environment. Beacon is now part of Liberated Learners, an umbrella organization connecting and supporting self-directed learning centers in the U.S. and Canada. Liberated Learners, bent on creating authentic and alternative learning spaces for teens outside of school, is working towards opening self-directed learning centers all over North America.
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Educate a child and you change a community. For the child, a good education means better career opportunities and higher lifetime earnings. College graduates enjoy better health and are more inclined to volunteer and vote. For the community, supporting our youths’ educational goals results in a stronger society.
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