The Hub is a great resource for student-members to experience IndED’s project-based learning model, while exploring the world of the Arts, Citizenship, Leadership, and Science/Technology.
An extension of the IndED academic programs, the Hub provides additional educational enrichment through afternoon (2:30-4 p.m.), for homeschoolers, as well as After-School (4-5:30 p.m.) programs in the Arts, Citizenship, and Science, plus Leadership Clubs which meet at least monthly. Here in our Downtown Leesburg center, students work in a creative space which provides the tools for creating, building, inventing and exploring in the areas of citizenship, leadership, entrepreneurship, arts and science/technology. Specialist mentors lead students in topics, and students also have opportunities to interact with their community through speakers, trips and real-world projects.
The Hub is available to the public through different membership levels, as well as by the class, or a package of classes which can be used as you see fit. We are currently serving students ages 8 to 12 (approx. grades 3-6), and will soon be adding ages 12-15 (approx. grades 7-9).
Hub Memberships (1, 2, or 3 days/wk):
Our After School Programs run daily from 4:00 to 5:30pm at the Hub in Downtown Leesburg. The Hub Membership allows the student to come one day a week, as well as access to any of our Clubs or Workshops(for kids and parents) on those days. Our After School Programs feature activities and workshops on:
Young Citizen Program (Starting March 14, 2017)
The IndED “Young Citizen” Program offers children a deeper understanding of community engagement and civic (and civil) discourse through creative and fun experiences. They will learn basic argument and debate skills, as well as how to explore topics and solve problems with people they disagree with. Public speaking, persuasion, and community service are also amongst the ideas explored, every week. The “Young Citizen” Program will have special guests, including local public leaders, entrepreneurs, and non-profit leaders. Based on student interest, they will form teams to accomplish community service projects and different formats for engagement and conversation.
- Our First Guest for March 21st was Hugh Forsythe, a two-star Air Force General, and the newest member of the Leesburg, VA, Town Council.
- On April 18, the special guest is: Roger Zurn, long-time Loudoun County Treasurer, who has great insight into the ins and outs of how local government is funded. The topic of the night is: “How much taxes is too much taxes?”
The discussion will be around different kinds of taxes, who pays them, who benefits, why they are one of life’s two most self-evident certainties, and what is the fairest way to approach taxation.
Seeing the World Through the Arts — Wednesdays (Starting March 15, 2017)
Seeing the World through the Arts uses visual, music, and performing arts as lenses for discovery. Between visiting artists, and mini-field trips to local arts-related businesses, there are unique opportunities to experience the world through the eyes of artists, and experience history, the world, science, and humanity through the arts. A good percentage of the time is “Open Studio” time to work on projects they have in process, from sculpture, paint, drawing, fibre, and more!
- Our March 15 session launched Children’s Yoga, with Brigitta White! Yoga is now every other Wednesday, at the beginning of the Arts in Town Session.
- March 22, we visited Adam King with Dance King Studio.
- April 5, we’ll check out Groove Music and learn about how music is recorded.
Homework Happy Hour– Thursdays (Starting March 16, 2017)
Homework Happy Hours are a creative way for students to get some of the awesome benefits of a personalized education at the Hub. We’ll have workshops on time management and organizational skills, financial awareness, etc, as well as the “communication station” to help with writing, speaking, reading, thinking, and listening skills. Thursdays are also a time to work on Science projects for school, as well as a variety of experiments through “Open Lab.” Students will also have access to our “Open Studio” and “MakerCitizen”* tools for building, interacting and growing as a lifelong learner.
- April 27 – Linda Kasulis with Open Blooms will discuss where flowers come from.
- May 4 – Organizing Skills and Time Management…details to come.
- May 11 – Linda Black with LifeMark securities will be doing a workshop on Financial Awareness, as part of our Spring, “Teach Your Children Well” series.
(*The IndED “MakerCitizen” Program lets students work in teams or three or four in creating “maker” projects. Students use graph paper, circuit kits, CAD programming, Legos, and a significant amount of gray matter working out solutions to basic problems. The students are steeped in the basics of circuits, 2D scales, 3D modeling and printing, basic circuits and electronics. Along the way they learn how to work as a team, take on problems and solve them, then can move on to developing some of their own programs and projects, and seeking to expand and improve their City, the community, and the world around them (More details coming soon).)
IndED strives to be a part of the community and is proud to support other local non-profits and businesses who support Independent, engaging and inspirational learning.
Civics, Culture, and Community Engagement
The Arts, Beauty, and Entertainment
Innovation, Enterprise, and Wellness