Storrowton’s Teen Leadership Experience is a place where youth who have completed grades 8-11 can experience 19th century trades in a hands-on setting for blacksmithing, textiles, cooking, small machines, and receive strengths-based leadership training. This program will show how these trades are still applicable in the 21st century and ways to continue exploring them after the workshops wrap. All sessions are taught by experienced historical and professional instructors and include time to meet a leader in the 21st century version of the field. Students will experience two program tracks in the first week and select one to focus on in the second week. The program runs August 3-6 & 10-13 (Tuesday-Friday) 9:30am - 4:15pm.
Blacksmithing: Basics of the Trade
Open Hearth Cooking: From Fire to Table
STEM: Small Machines 19th Century to Today
Textiles: Cloth Production to Clothing Design
Deadline extended! Participants must apply by June 21. All applications received by 6/15 (original deadline) will be considered ahead of those submitted after 6/15. Applications must include a short (200 words or less) essay about their interest, a reference letter from a teacher or other non-family mentor, and have a parent/guardian signature.
Once accepted to the program, there is a $25 fee for all participants to cover basic supplies. All other resources are covered by a grant from the Country School Association of America.
Up to 12 students will be selected with a maximum of 6 students in each program track. West Springfield residents will receive priority consideration and will be selected on a rolling basis; all other applicants will be considered following the application deadline. Students completing 7th grade (or equivalent) may be considered on a case-by-case basis.