At this time, we accept students from third (3rd) to fifth (5th) grade . Students in the program will be separated into female and male only groups for equine assisted learning sessions. Students will be placed into working groups with same grade participants. A working groups is defined as seven (7) students.
Method & Approach:
Initial enrollment and participation: We work with local public schools in the Baltimore school system to enroll students. Students enter the program on a volunteer basis. Students, with the consent of a parent or legal guardian, will complete and sign a participation enrollment form and waiver.
Continued enrollment: It is our goal that students participate in the program during the school year and continue and learn to mentor younger students during the summer program.
Based on current academic grade, students will be working on age-appropriate project-based learning assignments. The project-based curriculum will be developed, delivered and refined based on continuous improvement best practices by The ElmSeed Foundation Academic Board of Advisors and contributors. We have established partnerships with local private schools to enhance our skills and learning program.
The Athletic program is gender neutral. We have selected a diverse and popular set of sports and physical activities that serve and challenge both male and female students. Our Foundation will work with existing organizations and nonprofits to provide skilled coaches and trainers.
The Equine Assisted Learning program is provided by mental health professionals and equine specialists who are certified and licensed in the fields of equine assisted learning (EAL) and equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP).
Students will not be riding the horses during these sessions. Based on a lesson plan, they will be working with the specialists, as a group, to perform activities and discussing their observations, feelings and lessons learned.
Paths for students entering into the program:
- 2017 Summer Pilot Program -Four week pilot from July 10th through August 4th
- 2018 Fall After School Program
- 2019 Spring After School Program
- Parent Jumpstart Program (Weekend Sessions)
Getting to the Programs:
Transportation for students is free and will be provided by a coach service to and from the programs.
Lunch, snacks and beverages are provided free to students.
Free. All services and support are free to students through grants, fund raising, and donations.