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The Learning Web

Young people—adolescents and young adults—are The Learning Web’s reason for being. Assisting them on their journey to adulthood is our mission. Our program foundation is the community-based, mentor-apprentice/ hands-on learning experience — a model that connects young people with adults, sparks a passion, helps youth learn life skills and envision a rich future; all helping youth evolve into engaged citizens who value themselves and their community. Learn more about our programs

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Eric Clark-- From Cable 13 to MTV

Eric Clark-- From Cable 13 to MTV

“It's because of The Learning Web that I'm able to say that for someone under the age of 40, I've been working in the industry for 20 years.”  That industry is Broadcast Media and the comment came from a recent interview with Learning Web alumni, Eric Clark.  Clark’s career has led him all over the country, given him access to music and screen stars, and allowed him to create media content that millions of people enjoy.   Producing a piece (that spanned 24-hours )for ABC that welcomed in the new millennium with Peter Jennings at Times Square and producing content for[...]

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Meet Our Board of Directors!

Meet Our Board of Directors!

    Though the snacks served at our Board meetings are legendary, it is more than snacks that attract talented local folks to serve on our agency’s[...]
Summer Service Projects

Summer Service Projects

Yay! The community service volunteer program completed their summer projects. At the conclusion of each summer, the two groups collectively conceive a service project. Inspired[...]

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Our Youth Outreach Program is more than housing—sharpening job skills is also an important service that we offer. Pictured here is a Youth Outreach apprentice and our Sewgreen mentor, Katie. SewGreen's unique approach to reuse reflects their new motto: "We Make Reuse Beautiful." Sewgreen staff, volunteers, and youth workers (including Learning Web apprentices) make sure everything in the store is clean and worthy of purchase. Thanks goes to Sewgreen and it’s fabulous mentors and opportunities! Visit the store at 112 North Cayuga Street, next to Handwork. Visit them on the web at www.sewgreen.org Learn more about our Youth Outreach Program by calling 272-8162 or visiting us on the web at www.learning-web.org/youth-outreach/
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This exploration visit to Briar Patch Vet Hospital turned into an apprenticeship for Emily Mahr! Last month Emily explored a wide range of her interests (you can see Emily trying out firefighting gear in a previous post!) including veterinary medicine. Emily and staffer Isaac Piha spent time with Dr. Katherine Vissio and Licensed Vet Tech, Junelle King at Briar Patch. Emily was in awe watching a cat have surgery, checking out a routine patient exam, touring the entire facility, and seeing how animals undergo an x-ray. She learned about every position at a veterinary practice including vet tech and veterinarians. This exploration visit helped propel Emily into an apprenticeship at Briar Patch where she works alongside her mentor, Junelle, assisting her and shadowing her one day each week. Thanks to Dr. Vissio and Junelle at Briar Patch for opening up the world of veterinary medicine to Emily! Check out Briar Patch Veterinary Hospital on the web at www.briarpatchvet.com or visit their Facebook page!
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OK, here’s a term you may not know— downhole proximity measurement! The folks at Ithaca’s Vector Magnetics are all about it. And businesses all over the world that use Vector’s equipment and services know what it is. And now several Learning Web youth can tell you what it means too. Alex Specker, an engineer at Vector, and some of his colleagues showed our aspiring engineers through Vector, where they checked out finished products, prototypes, testing rooms, and machine shops. Thanks to the folks at Vector for a great visit. To learn more about Vector, visit www.vectormagnetics.com
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The Learning Web added 8 new photos — with Brian Petrella.

Brian Petrella at Dryden Fire & Ambulance does it again! Brian’s in-depth, energetic, and above all---fun visit to the DF&A was inspirational. And to prove it, participants met a former Learning Web youth, Jacob Pooley (Jacob participated through our Joint Youth Commission- JYC funded exploration program), who completed an apprenticeship with Bang’s Ambulance and is now an EMT with Dryden’s Ambulance Department. Jacob also had met Brian when Jacob made Learning Web exploration visit to DF&A in 2015.
This time, Brian and the group explored the fire trucks and ambulances and discussed what it takes to be a firefighter or EMT. Trying on 20 pounds of gear, learning how to handle a fire hose and trying out the monitoring system in the back of the ambulance were highlights of the visit. A big thanks goes out to Brian and Jacob for an amazing exploration visit! Check out Dryden Fire & Ambulance’s Facebook page: Neptune Hose Co #1 of Dryden Inc.
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Ryan Elizabeth WilcoxBrian, thanks again!!

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What is an “exoplanet”? Learning Web youth can tell you! Several LW participants recently met with Patricia Eugenia Fernandez De Castro Martinez from Cornell’s Department of Astronomy and learned about the newly discovered TRAPPIST planets. They also visited Fuertes Observatory and checked out the amazing telescopes that are used to view objects both in and outside our solar system. Climbing up the ladder to (safely) gaze at the sun through the almost 100-year-old telescope housed at the observatory was a highlight of the visit. Youth engaged in discussions about how researchers use various wavelengths in the light spectrum to learn about far off planets like the newly discovered earth-sized TRAPPIST planets. A big thanks to Patricia for a wonderful exploration! To check out Cornell’s Astronomy Department, visit astro.cornell.edu/ and to see when you can visit Fuertes Observatory, visit events.cornell.edu/fuertes_observatory
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