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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2020 Newsletter & Annual Appeal

2020 Newsletter & Annual Appeal

  Resilience Through a Pandemic and Beyond Read Newsletter In the past year we faced obstacles no one was planning to face. Making plans was cancelled, adaptability became mandatory, we lived in a new distanced, virtual world seemingly overnight. We faced uncertainty. Yet, The Learning Web has gratefully witnessed the resilience around and within us. Our youth have faced the obstacles of homelessness, the need for support and have pushed forward; staying focused and engaged. Our partners, volunteers, and donors have continued to give time, knowledge, and resources in the support of our youth. Our staff have adapted the programs we offer to safely[...]

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ILS5 Findings

ILS5 Findings

The 2019 Independent Living Survey (ILS5) is an innovative participatory research model that engages formerly homeless Learning Web Youth Outreach Program participants as research assistants[...]
Animal Biologist in the Works

Animal Biologist in the Works

17 year old Meika Johnson, pictured left, with Patch, the ball python, is literally wrapped up in her apprenticeship at the Free Science Workshop[...]

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The Learning Web

The Learning Web has been working with Tompkins County youth since 1972, helping them make a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood. Assisting over 12,000 youth—3,500 of these homeless youth—our programs enable a diverse group of young people to participate in a range of services that include apprenticeships, employment and life skills training, as well as in a supervised housing program for homeless youth. Through these programs, our participants have developed valuable skills that support them as they find their place in today’s complex world. The Learning Web is a United Way agency
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Morgan is a 13-year-old middle school student who is interested in learning more about #woodworking and carpentry. He shared these interests with Sarah Nickerson, Youth Exploration Program Coordinator at @thelearningweb . Sarah helps middle and high school students living in Tompkins County connect with local professional mentors for career exploration activities, including virtual Q&A sessions, worksite tours, and apprenticeships. Sarah reached out to @tradedesignbuild , an architecture and construction firm located in #upstateny , to see if Morgan could visit one of their worksites for a tour. Chris Willet, Project Manager for Trade Design Build, quickly responded with an invitation for Morgan to visit one of their worksites and learn more about what they do. Sarah took Morgan to the site, where he spent an hour with Chris and other Trade Design Build team members learning about the different aspects of quality construction and design in a house currently being redesigned. During this visit, Morgan was invited by Shop Manager, Shaun Whistler, to come back and visit Trade Design Build's frame shop. The evening after the tour, Morgan's dad reached out to Sarah to let her know that “Morgan had an awesome time! He has been talking about the visit all evening. He is excited to do more tours. Thank you, Sarah!" Morgan and Sarah already have plans to visit Shaun at the frame shop in a few weeks. Thank you,
Trade Design Build! #learningweb #learningwebyouthexplore #carpentry #communitymentor
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Today isn’t just ANY Wednesday, today our staff picks up the always generous weekly donation from our friends @panerabread. The donations we receive help youth and families who may struggle with food insecurity. We are always so grateful for @panerabread and their commitment to giving back to their community and effort to eliminate food waste. 🥯🍞🥖🥐🍪