Applications are now closed for our July Wayfinder Week.
FAQ's: Who, What, Where, When, Why + Food
Why Attend?: Because you are a high school student who wants to explore what really matters to you outside the classroom. You want to dig into the bigger questions of life with a staff that is ready to help you answer them.
What: Our mornings will be spent getting introduced to our Wayfinder Navigation Toolkit. Our afternoons will be experiential: design thinking, wilderness exploration, purpose learning, and some mindfulness activities. See 5-day program here.
Each day of the workshop corresponds to a level of awareness, with the final day serving as a culmination and wrap up day.
Day 1: Self Awareness.
Day 2: Community Building.
Day 3: Wider World
Day 4: Natural World
Day 5: Design Project Culmination Day
Who: Our staff will include some of our awesome Wayfinder Guides. Student participants must have completed freshman year of high school. Graduating seniors are very welcome.
Where: Most activities will be held on Stanford's campus at the design school but we will be venturing off on some days to local parks for hiking and wilderness navigating training.
When: The program will run from 10am-6pm each day from July 8th-July 12th. This is a non-residential camp. Students from outside the Bay Area are welcome to join, but they are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.
Food: Lunch and snacks will be provided, but not breakfast or dinner.
Cost: The program will cost $1049 per person, but we have ample scholarships available.
Application Process: Applications are now closed for July 2017.
Our Wayfinder Programs are our core direct service offering, and give students a break from their usual routine to take time to deeply explore and reflect on their lives.
The Who, What, Where, When + Why
Wayfinder Programs are held at schools or youth development organizations during breaks, project weeks, intersessions, or alternative spring breaks lasting for 1, 3, or 5 days. Our programs are designed to be a “spark” on a student's journey to waking up in the world and discovering what makes them come alive.
From Awareness to Action
The programs are crafted to first help students first develop a better awareness and understanding of themselves. And then students are taught tools and practices to help them take more effective action in the world.
During the week, we also emphasize our 10 Core Wayfinder Characteristics. Each day we focus on 2-3 of them, designing that day’s activities around developing these specific characteristics:
For example, in a three day program, we would focus one day on self-awareness, another on focus outside the self, and the last day on empowered ability to make things happen. You can see that each day we focus on developing three specific Wayfinder characteristics and skills.
What goes into a Wayfinder PROGRAM?
Our programs feature four distinct areas of content: mindfulness education, nature awareness, global citizenship, and design thinking. Research has shown that these four program areas to be some of the most effective means to help students develop a sense of purpose. Each of our teachers has specialization in one or more of these areas of expertise.
SNAPSHOTS OF WAYFINDER PROGRAMS
You can see many more of the activities and tools we used throughout the week on our Wayfinder Navigation Toolkit page.
INTERESTED in EXPERIENCing WAYFINDER program?
If you or your school are interested in participating in a Wayfinder Program, please contact us! We will start booking our 2017-2018 programs in March 2017.