“Similar” things: Extended Notes

Not necessarily similar, but with at least something in common or something to learn from… see also “Organizations to Connect With” file


“Flushing COmmunity Enhancement Project” – Flushing Area Senior Center & Community Schools  Community Heroes Night at Des Plaines Child Development Center — By Kate Currin  Nov. 8, 2010

Local community heroes gathered at Des Plaines Child Development Center on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 to spend some time with the children talking about their jobs as firefighters, police officers, doctors, nurses and as service men and women with United States service organizations.

Unsung Hero Scholarship Program – Cincinnati State Unsung Hero Award and Scholarship Program – Honoring front-line employees and supervisors who exemplify professional excellence in the Tristate Region.


About YSA:  Founded in 1986, YSA supports a global culture of engaged children and youth committed to a lifetime of meaningful service, learning, and leadership. With half the world’s population under age 25, our mission is to help all young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues. Starting in 2016, YSA will focus all our assets and outcomes on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The YSA program model: Activates through campaigns like Global Youth Service Day and Semester of Service; Funds with YSA Grants; Trains with resources and trainings offered in the YSA Learning Center; and Recognizes through awards, storytelling, and visibility campaigns. YSA delivers all programs to youth, educators, community organizations, and families through our Global Youth Service Network (GYSN) partners. The GYSN is a coalition of local, state, national, and international organizations committed to engaging children and youth as leaders through volunteering, community service, service-learning, national service, and voting/civic engagement.

Go Inspire Go Community Heroes is a unique, innovative and inspiring pilot school program to motivate young students about the impact they can make in the world through acts of kindness and community service.

 Stone Soup Project The Stone Soup Project is a community-led effort to expand restorative justice practices in the south suburbs of Cook County, Illinois (6th Municipal District) in order to reduce delinquency, increase positive youth development, promote healing for those harmed by crime and make communities safer. … local citizens and stakeholders have formed an intentional Community of Practice, a collaborative learning and action network that creates innovative and sustainable solutions.

Action for Boston Community Development ABCD means different things to different people. Their first job. A warm home. A windfall — thanks to ABCD’s free tax preparation. And the budgeting skills to manage that windfall. For some, ABCD means classes to take the next step, whatever that step might be. Learning English. Computer skills. Finishing high school. A college degree. ABCD helps people power up and dream big.

Active Heroes Community Center – Louisville, KY The Active Heroes Community Center is located in Louisville, KY and assists hundreds of veterans and military family members every month. The Center provides activities for the families that help heal, build camaraderie and connect with resources. Accupuncture treatments, Reiki & massage, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Yoga & Meditation, Family events, Crossfit, Talk groups, Legal aid, Clinics, … Guitar lessons, ROMN(Remnants of an Empire gaming community) gaming & Bro-B-Que, Self-defense classes, Dog training…

In 1996, the Heroes Club was founded to support the real-life heroes of public safety and law enforcement in times of unparalleled need. As a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization, our mission is to provide financial assistance and resources for… the Carmel Police…, the Carmel Fire Dep.t, the Carmel-Clay Schools Police,… Hamilton County Sheriff’s Dep.t and Indiana State Police …

Rainbow Community Development Center

The Rainbow Community Development Center (RCDC), Inc.’s mission is building better lives for those in need. We have been helping families to become self-sufficient since 1999 and became a 501c3 IRS recognized entity in 2004. Through our Emergency Safety Net Services, Food Pantry, Financial Literacy Classes, Job Search and Resume Preparation services, we are able to serve about 10,000 people annually. Future goals include programs for youth, basic literacy, health and nutritional education classes, professional development, and job training.



Northeast (Portland) Community Center


The Northeast Community Center is an independent non-profit COMMUNITY center in Portland’s Hollywood neighborhood in a building with a rich History of active use. Way more than a fitness center, the NECC is a place where people of all ages EXERCISE, SWIM, PLAY, DANCE, PAINT, LEARN, and SHARE GOOD TIMES.

PE & Me Run, jump, skip, throw and shoot your way to a healthy Monday morning. Learn a bit about teamwork and leadership. Children must bring one participating adult to class! Obstacle Course Extravaganza Create a different obstacle course each week using cones, rings, tires, a balance beam, foam mats, all while jumping, playing, hopping, skipping, crawling and balancing. Class held in the Annex!  Just Uke It! for Newbies Want to learn to play the Ukulele? You’ll collect a variety of tunes to share before bed, around the campfire, at your child’s school, and beyond! Ukuleles will be provided.   …etc… NECC History    A Tradition of Volunteerism and Support Our building first opened its doors in 1925 as the Northeast Portland YMCA. Originally built to provide transitional low cost housing for men and boys, the YMCA began offering co-ed programs in the 1930s. In December 2004, after the YMCA announced plans to close the facility, a dedicated group of neighbors had a dream – to create a center of fitness, wellness and connection: where parents and families were active and healthy; where children could learn to swim and play in a safe and supportive environment; where older adults were vital and inspired; and where people of all ages could run, stretch, dance, learn, and laugh. In 2005 the Northeast Community Center was formed, carrying on the fitness and wellness heritage to become an integral part of the fabric of the surrounding neighborhoods while strengthening the bonds that create community.  http://necommunitycenter.org/workshops-classes/

http://www.super-science-fair-projects.com/         Young Scientists Set 1 – Recycling, Scientific Measurements, Magnets  Set 2 – Weather, States of Matter, Volcanoes  Set 3 – Minerals, Crystals, Fossils  Set 4 – Bacteria and Fungi, Weight and Volume, Acids & Bases  5 – Water, Capillary Action, Air  6 – Flight, Heart and Lungs, Digestive System  Set 7 – Bones and Muscles, The Senses, Light  Set 8 – Mirrors, Electricity, Circuits  9 – Magnetism, Static Electricity, Tornadoes and Clouds  10 – Plants, Eggs, Owls   11 – Stars, Planets, Forces  Set 12 – Surface Tension, Polymers, Famous Scientists • Young Scientists Science On a Nature Walk

Hands-on museums

The Flint Children’s Museum

Impression 5 Science Center in Lansing


Faith-based, alternative, and non-traditional schools

National Center for Biblical Parenting — Hero Training Camp — The Conscience Development Course for Kids

Bergen Community College Child Development Center (Philosophy) Teaching Practices and Curriculum:  To follow tenets of “developmentally appropriate practice” in every program aspect. To facilitate a variety of learning … discovery, creativity and experimentation … critical thinking. … basic concepts in math, science, social studies, language arts and the creative arts … through … play and hands on … development and use of oral language … computer technology … books, media …multicultural … nutritional benefits of natural foods … exercise on our playground … gardening experiences, nature walks and wildlife observations.

Community Resources for Self-Directed Learning

###KERRY MCDONALD MAY 10, 2016 — The Natural Creativity Center – Philadelphia     Imagine a world where all young people develop the foundation for a life that features self-direction, constructive purpose, and personal fulfillment. That world exists at The Natural Creativity Center, an education center for families who choose an alternative to school.

   http://www.openconnections.org/…founded on the belief that people are natural learners…

 http://www.edutopia.org/blog/children-in-charge-self-directed-learning-mirjam-schoning INTEREST-BASED LEARNING — Children in Charge: Self-Directed Learning Programs

 xploration centre: a new-paradigm school 
Boy Scouts
Girl Scouts
Camp Fire

Christian alternatives:

American Heritage Girls

Trail Life USA

Christian Service Brigade



Ultimate Fighting Academy on Pierson Road, Flushing

The Reiki Center Stone Soup Project is a collaborative of holistic health practitioners … massage therapy, meditation, life coaching – and offer our services at no charge to organizations which might most benefit.

 Active Heroes, a 501c3 charity presents FREE self-defense training at the Active Heroes Military Family Community Center in Louisville, KY.

GRIT Indoor Obstacle Training

 Rogers Activity Center: Sports, Fitness classes, tumbling, dance, speed & agility, Martial Arts, cheering, baton

City of Issaquah Parks & Recreation Community Center: Parties, Camps, Classes, Activities, Fitness, Exercise, Track, Preschool, Sports

Grapevine Texas REC center >Indoor family aquatic center with slides, lazy river, lap lanes and play structures >Indoor children’s themed playground >On-site childcare >Area for active adults 55 and better includes a computer lab, classroom space, lounge >fitness room with cardiovascular/strength equipment

Lynwood, Washington

The Danger Room Gym

Imagination Playground, New York, NY

Body & Soul Fitness — Where Faith & Fitness Meet — Body & Soul classes offer exercise to strengthen the body, uplifting music to nourish the soul, and fellowship to keep you motivated.

What is Rochester Play? … Michigan’s unique family entertainment, children’s play, party, cafe’ and activity destination. What is there for kids to do? Climb, jump, roll, slide, swing, crawl, explore, and play!  Our custom built, northern Michigan themed, soft cushioned climbing structure and specially selected active gaming area provides plenty of opportunities for gross motor activities!  No ball pits, bouncy rooms, or video arcade here; our play area, structure, and games are built for good, active, old fashioned playing.  We also offer a separate, smaller play structure that is reserved for toddlers under the age of four that provides lots of fun activities that are more age appropriate. What do I do while they play? Play with them if you’d like!…

Planet Rock – Climbing Gym, Training Center Conquer all types of climbs, from spinning tread walls to low-clearance climbing and top roping. Join one of the many kids programs, competitive leagues or private lessons.



Maker centers — Maker Places “… It’s a place where people of all ages can come to tinker, create, and build.  Open to the public… offers classes, workshops, and open shop times for members. … 3D-printing class, software workshops, and more.”

Michigan Makerspaces

Michigan Sloan Kettering Library Guide to Makerspaces


 Superhero Clubhouse is a New York-based collective of artists and scientists working at the intersection of environmentalism and theater.

For Children

The Big-Brained Superheroes Club (The BBSC) at Yesler Community Center is on a mission to tap into the hidden strengths that all young people have through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM). We’re exercising our real-life superpowers (such as our Leadership, Teamwork, and Sense of Adventure) to build a kinder, nerdier, more imaginative world. The Big-Brained Superheroes Club Oath: I, Big-Brained Superhero, do passionately promise to try hard, be kind, and have fun!

Sesame Street’s Everyday Heroes Club for kids — Smarter, stronger, and kinder: It’s what we aim to be here on Sesame Street and it’s our mission to help kids everywhere grow up that way, too. So we’ve started a new club – The Everyday Heroes Club – and it’s open to everyone! No super hero cape needed, just small acts of kindness that anyone can do every single day.     Join us in participating in kindness missions, encouraging caring behavior, and celebrating all of the Everyday Heroes among us!

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