Workshops Available to Grades 9-12

Project PlayHouse

Furever Home

The Climb

Passionate about giving back to the community? Then Project PlayHouse is the workshop for you! Join Habitat for Humanity as they create playhouses for families. Each playhouse can be individualized to best fit a child’s love and imagination. Help put a smile on a child’s face by creating their new favorite get away.
Fee: $10

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The perfect rite of passage gives you a new challenge and provides you with a new point of view. What better than to prepare to climb a mountain?  Village resident and mountain climber Von Sigler would like to offer a week-long program to teach students various aspects of mountain climbing. Student will learn about conditioning, safety, and equipment, and other important aspects of the sport.  
Fee: $70​
A perennial favorite, participants in this workshop will volunteer at the Toledo Humane Society.  They will learn about the mission of THS as well as the daily operation of the facility. Each participant will bond with an animal that needs a home, take a glamour shot and write a bio for the animal, and develop a marketing plan to find its furever home.
Fee: $10

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Life Through the Eyes of Medicine

Sights & Sounds

Volunteering in Toledo

Discover how art, nature, and the senses come together in the TMA exhibit. Diving into a multisensory art installation of video, new media and works on paper by artists from around the world, Sights & Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses presents modern and contemporary works of art in a variety of media that explore and relate to the natural world.
Fee: $20

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Toledo has always been a city full of diversity. These different walks of life all surrounded in one city is what makes Toledo so unique. Explore the city around you through a variety of volunteering opportunities. Helping the community around you may help you discover something about yourself.
Fee: $10

Birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, death.  Throughout our five stages of life, society treats us differently.  During this week, students will explore these different stages looking at how the way they treat medicine and how medicine treats them varies.  Much more than just a career exploration, students will be exposed to unconventional healing and provoking ideas, yet they will also be exposed to scientific ideals.
Fee: $20

Soup for the Soul

Who Am I Really?

Therapy Dogs

What does society say we are?  What does genetics say we are? What do we say we are?  Throughout our lives we are bombarded with definitions of ourselves.  During this week, students will look through various lenses in order to try and truly define ourselves.  In order to prepare, participants will be encouraged to use 23andme to see themselves through their biology.  Throughout this program, there will be discussions, field trips, insight, surprise, and most importantly, understanding.
Fee: $20 purchase of 23 & Me optional
Everyone has a memory of being given soup when they were feeling under the weather. Soup is a medicine for the soul and prominent in every culture. Cook your way through different cultures and learn how soup can cure not only your illnesses but your soul.
Fee: $30

A therapy dog can change a person’s and a family’s life for the better. In partnership with The Ability Center, learn how therapy dogs are trained and how families are selected for assistance. The Ability Center works to assist people with disabilities to live, work, and socialize within a fully accessible community.
Fee: $10

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Creating Canvases

“These earliest of our ancestors were one with earth and lived mindfully their oneness with all life. Gratitude was their heart song. Dance and ritual was their life blood and offering to those who went before. Theirs was an ancient timelessness, a sense of belonging, and that home is here and everywhere. Mindfulness practice helps us come to terms with the path we walk, to see things as they are, and to deepen understanding and compassion. For the path we walk is beautiful” (Weber Conference Center)    Explore how walking relates to mindfulness along with other activities that can be practiced long after this workshop ends.
Fee: $50
Art influences society by changing opinions, instilling values and translating experiences across space and time. Research has shown art affects the fundamental sense of self. Painting, sculpture, music, literature and the other arts are often considered to be the repository of a society's collective memory. How can your personal creations influence our society?
Fee: $30​
The PEACE (Protecting Every Abused Child Everywhere) Project is a student-led anti-bullying and mentoring program. Its goal is to give students who are bullied, abused or struggling to fit in a chance to belong. Students focus on reaching out to middle schoolers in the Toledo-area. The PEACE Project is expanding throughout the Toledo-area and across the country to try to help combat the bullying problem in the U.S., now currently more than 1,000 kids take part.   
Fee: $10​

Food: An Urban Story

Music as a Social Force

Outdoor Living

Small Space, Big Impact: Experience a hands-on program that will open your eyes to the urban garden phenomenon. Our urban farmer will dive into small space gardening, organic methods, and so much more! Communities can also come together to form gardens. With each seed planted in a community garden, the roots of that city grow stronger. Learn how gardens cannot only beautify their surroundings but can also create long-lasting partnerships
Fee: $35​
Participants in this workshop will begin the week by participating in the COPE Course at Camp Miakonda (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) led by area instructors.  COPE will prepare them for teamwork that will be needed the rest of the week. Students will then visit Toledo Area MetroParks to learn other vital individual and group survival skills including orienteering, shelter building, archery, and more.
Fee: $70
How does music affect social change? Can a song push people towards change for the better within communities? Are there deeper messages hidden in the lyrics that we carelessly sing off key in our car?
Fee: $30

Humanity in the Face of Disaster

Making Connections

Natural Living

“In times of catastrophe, some people find their humanity, while others lose theirs.”
-Glenn Stuzky

What does it take to survive a zombie apocalypse?  How would people stay alive with their humanity intact?  Experience a deeper understanding of human morals and ethics through the lens of a zombie apocalypse, along with exploring disasters that have already occurred in the world and the human response to those disasters.
Fee: $30
Do plants really have healing powers? Find out how plants can help reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and other stressors. Create your own healing salves, potpourris, and kombucha. See how memory gardens or working with house plants and herbs can change the attitudes in nursing homes, rehab facilities, and hospice.
Fee: $40
Make connections in your world - literally! Understand how plumbing and electrical wires comes together to power your house. Never worry about having to call on someone to fix your leaky sink again, you will know how to do it yourself! Warning: Power tools and soldering iron will be used.
Fee: $45

Agora Storytellers

Tech Crew

Preference will be given to junior and senior students.  Participants are expected to be self-motivated, capable of working without constant supervision, and willing to be responsible for a finished product(s) that document the Agora experience.
Fee: $10
We need a dedicated group of students who are comfortable with technological set ups and takedowns. We have multiple presenters throughout the week of Agora that will be utilizing our technology. We also have workshop groups who will be using video conference calls and other forms of technology that they may need assistance with.
Fee: $10​
Workshop fees include:

T-Shirt, Lunch for a Day, Field Trips, Supplies