Who is the program designed to benefit?
STEP is a program that supports offerings designed for students who learn quickly in a different “out-of-the-box” way, who want to be challenged outside of the academic setting, who are “creative thinkers”, or gifted, talented, artistic, or “twice exceptional” learners. Classes that we support will give these children a chance to explore subjects they are interested in that are not part of a school curriculum, to meet and share adventures with other creative thinkers, and to build friendships that will last a lifetime.
It was begun as a live local program for elementary age children. Since 2012 that area has not offered any non-profit summer programs designed specifically for gifted and high achieving elementary/middle-school learners. But in many (if not most) there is a huge void in activities for these leapfrog learners. No opportunity at all exists for the child who is “Twice Exceptional” (exceptional gifts along with an exceptional learning challenge) to join with others in activities that challenge their minds. This is the population of students we welcome to our programs.
Who are the organizers?
Former participants of GCA (Gifted Children’s Association) and ECGC (Enrichment Classes for Gifted Children) summer programs, young adults who became life-time friends via the shared summer experiences, decided to build a new program for the next generation. The group wants to provide a home for a continuing community of divergent and creative thinkers, as well as opportunities to stretch their curiosity, to design their own explorations, and to bring in social media as part of the network of activities.
The Net Learning Center sponsors the STEP activities and provides the online presence and the non-profit organizing and administrative structure for this program, and future similar ones that may opt to join in.
Net Learning Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide an environment that fosters a variety of learning opportunities, both online and in live settings.
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