Young Citizen Program 

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. Public speaking, persuasion and community service are also amongst the ideas explored, every week. The Young Citizen Program has special guests, including local public leaders, entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders. Based on student interest, they 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, our special guest was 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 was: “How much is too much tax?”

Seeing the World Through the Arts — Wednesdays

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 that students have in process, from sculpture and paint to drawing, fiber 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.

On March 22nd, we visited Adam King with Dance King Studio.

Homework Happy Hour– Thursdays

Homework Happy Hour is a creative way for students to get some of the awesome benefits of a personalized education at IndED. We 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 also have access to our Open Studio and MakerCitizen* tools for building, interacting and growing as a lifelong learner.

May 4 – Organizing Skills and Time Management by Cathy Hoag of JP Events.

May 11 – Linda Black with LifeMark securities will host a workshop on Financial Awareness, as part of our spring, Teach Your Children Well series.

The IndED “MakerCitizen” Program lets students work in teams of three or four to create “maker” projects. Students use graph paper, circuit kits, CAD programming, Legos, and a significant amount of gray matter to work 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, and then move on to developing some of their own programs and projects. Throughout, students seek to expand and improve their City, the community and the world around them.