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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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Did you know that a standard fire engine holds 1000 gallons of water and during a fire it would disperse this in just under 2 minutes? Did you know the normal breaths per minute for an adult is between 8-16? Learning Web youth who joined local E.M.T and volunteer firefighter Brian Petrella on a career exploration tour of Dryden Ambulance and Neptune Hose Company now do! During their spring break visit, youth learned about the two hats Brian wears. We spent the first hour on an ambulance hearing about the “typical” day of an E.M.T and checking out some of the equipment he frequently uses. We learned that the cost of an ambulance nears $110,000! After sitting down to lunch with Brian the youth spent the remainder of the tour on the fire-fighting side where we checked out the various fire engines and tried on his fire gear! Brian also talked about the path that led him to choosing to become an E.M.T and firefighter which included his education as well as various trainings and internships he has completed. Thanks to Brian and the Dryden Ambulance and Neptune Hose Company for hosting an information and fun-packed day! www.fire.dryden.org/
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Surgeons, Emergency Medical Techs, nursing, genetic research, wedding planner…wait, Wedding Planner?? That’s right, Learning Web youth have a wide range of interests and a particular youth may have interests that are as varied as becoming a surgeon or wedding planner. It is so important for youth to explore and understand the host of options available. Spring break with the LW helped many youth check out the field of medicine. Visiting Dr. Jamie Loehr at Cayuga Family Medicine was an eye-opener for some. As one youth said. “I liked that Dr. Loehr asked me why I want to be a doctor and what am I passionate about. His question made me ask myself that question.” Dr. Loehr took the time to talk about his own career path, the academic and personal requirements of practicing medicine, and the need for the young person to really think about what aspect of medicine they attracts them. Thanks to Dr. Loehr for sharing his time, his passion for people and medicine, and his depth of expertise with us! To learn more about Dr. Loehr’s practice, visit www.cayugafamilymedicine.com
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Did you know that 30-40% of food supplied in the US is wasted each year? That adds up to 20 pounds of food per person, per month! Recently, our volunteer service group members learned more about food waste and consumption on their visit to the Friendship Donations Network (FDN). The FDN works to rescue food that would otherwise go into landfills as waste and redistributes it to organizations across the county such as Loaves and
Fishes and the Immaculate Conception Food Pantry. The group sorted through donated canned goods and potatoes and had a lot of fun while reorganizing for FDN.
Our volunteers also helped brainstorm ways to integrate this model into the cafeteria at Boynton Middle School, using the Food Bus Project (foodbus.org/) for inspiration. If you’re interested in starting your own neighborhood food hub or learning more about FDN, be sure to visit their website at friendshipdonations.org/.
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