Project Description

Develop a new kind of school that completely breaks the mold and preserves the creativity, spirit, idealism, rebelliousness, and joy of youth.

Molly

Molly, United States
Molly, United States

CHALLENGE:
Many young people do not thrive in traditional academic settings where they are taught to be passive recipients of information instead of independent investigators.

SOLUTION:
Develop a new kind of school that completely breaks the mold and preserves the creativity, spirit, idealism, rebelliousness, and joy of youth.

“The vibrancy and zest of young people is sacred. They are particularly good at seeing old things in new ways. Supporting them in their creative work is an incredible privilege.”

About Molly
Molly is a staff member and part of the founding team at Powderhouse Studios. Previously, she taught biology in New York City, was an American Delegation Leader at Seeds of Peace, and attended Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. As a teacher, she quickly became aware of how many beautiful impulses, great ideas, and acts of self-determination get squashed by a school system that confuses process for substance. In response, she has developed a public high school in Somerville, Mass called Powderhouse Studios (PHS). Molly’s intention is for PHS to feel nothing like a traditional American school, but instead a creative workplace for youth, supporting young people undertaking deep, difficult, and personally meaningful projects of their own design based around their own tastes and interests. The school will serve a
racially and socioeconomically diverse group of young people.


SE Forum is partnering with Seeds of Peace on the 2018 GATHER Fellowship. GATHER is the social innovation arm of Seeds of Peace, investing in alumni and other changemakers who have the greatest potential to effect social, political, and economic change.

Seeds of Peace inspires and cultivates new generations of leaders in communities divided by conflict. Its network now includes nearly 6,700 alumni throughout the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and the US who are uniquely positioned to lead change. The nonprofit was founded in 1993 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Learn more about the Seeds of Peace journey and its impact here.

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