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Life, Learning, & Language . . . ArtSConnect . . . MADAGASCARCONNECT . . . HalfDay/Whole World


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Life, Learning, & Language . . . ArtSConnect . . . MADAGASCARCONNECT . . . HalfDay/Whole World


 

 

CultureConnect programs prepare our youth to interact with the local and global communities of their future...

CultureConnect (formerly Young Rhinebeck) is a community based, volunteer led not-for-profit organization based in the Mid-Hudson Valley town of Rhinebeck, New York.  For over 20 years, it has helped meet the changing needs of youth in our community.

 
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mission


CultureConnect prepares youth to interact
with their local and global communities
with intelligence, compassion and cultural competence.

 

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mission


CultureConnect prepares youth to interact
with their local and global communities
with intelligence, compassion and cultural competence.

 

We envision a world in which young people engage their world
with sound academic and intellectual abilities, a sense of citizenry
and ethics, and the wisdom that comes from hands-on experience
in cultural competence and compassion.

We do this by providing youth with opportunities, resources, and skills to:

Help strengthen a belief in their own self worth and determination
Better prepare them for school and productive work
Connect with other youth, their local community, and beyond.

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ArtsConnect


ArtConnect is an after-school or weekend program for middle schoolers in Rhinebeck.  It gives students the opportunity to experience various types of art in atypical ways in order to enhance their opportunities to understand themselves and others.  Art allows us to learn about other people and cultures; the values and beliefs that shape the artist's vision and their ideas of what is beautiful.

Past ArtConnect activities have included "Night at the Museum, in partnership with Bard College and the Hessel Museum".  Students explored and discussed the current exhibit, created their own exhibit-inspired artwork, and then spent the night at the museum!

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ArtsConnect


ArtConnect is an after-school or weekend program for middle schoolers in Rhinebeck.  It gives students the opportunity to experience various types of art in atypical ways in order to enhance their opportunities to understand themselves and others.  Art allows us to learn about other people and cultures; the values and beliefs that shape the artist's vision and their ideas of what is beautiful.

Past ArtConnect activities have included "Night at the Museum, in partnership with Bard College and the Hessel Museum".  Students explored and discussed the current exhibit, created their own exhibit-inspired artwork, and then spent the night at the museum!

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MadagascarCOnnect


Our mission is implemented through a three stage process.  Stage one creates investment on the part of the ambassadors through education and fundraising.  Ambassadors take a series of courses aimed at culture, biodiversity, travel, language and politics which create cultural competency prior to our trip.  Our second stage is travel based.  We fly into Antananarivo, Madagascar and then take a bus down to Ranomafana National Forest to learn about conservation and to work with local microloan recipients.  After a week on the forest we return to Antananarivo for two weeks and work with a local school center to educate and empower the local youth to effective positive change in their community.  Stage three of our program has the ambassadors returning to the Hudson Valley to spread cultural awareness.  They do this by delivering keynote addresses, leading educational programs and acting as special guests in classrooms.  This process creates young people who have an incomparable understanding of global awareness and compassion, skills that are becoming more and more necessarily in our world.

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MadagascarCOnnect


Our mission is implemented through a three stage process.  Stage one creates investment on the part of the ambassadors through education and fundraising.  Ambassadors take a series of courses aimed at culture, biodiversity, travel, language and politics which create cultural competency prior to our trip.  Our second stage is travel based.  We fly into Antananarivo, Madagascar and then take a bus down to Ranomafana National Forest to learn about conservation and to work with local microloan recipients.  After a week on the forest we return to Antananarivo for two weeks and work with a local school center to educate and empower the local youth to effective positive change in their community.  Stage three of our program has the ambassadors returning to the Hudson Valley to spread cultural awareness.  They do this by delivering keynote addresses, leading educational programs and acting as special guests in classrooms.  This process creates young people who have an incomparable understanding of global awareness and compassion, skills that are becoming more and more necessarily in our world.

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Half day / Whole world


Enjoy and learn about the cultures and foods of the world.

 

Middle school lets out at 11:30 - What's your plan?  Join us for lunch and fun activities.
 

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Half day / Whole world


Enjoy and learn about the cultures and foods of the world.

 

Middle school lets out at 11:30 - What's your plan?  Join us for lunch and fun activities.
 

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Life, Learning and Language


(AKA: "LLL")

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Life, Learning and Language


(AKA: "LLL")

LLL is an after-school and summer academic enrichment program for elementary age students in Rhinebeck. In 2015 CultureConnect began a pilot program for expansion beyond Rhinebeck in the Kingston School System.

LLL helps to enhance language skills, promote confidence, address achievement gaps, foster interpersonal and social relationships, and nurture a sense of the child's and family's belonging in the school and local community.

 

LLL Kingston Classroom! Wendy Brisley with tutors and LLL students

LLL Kingston Classroom! Wendy Brisley with tutors and LLL students