Learning Without Borders is a unique summer program that gives teens real-world learning experiences.  

Combining classroom lessons with field encounters Learning Without Borders allows teens to familiarize themselves with a topic and then gain first-hand knowledge up-close, from business and community leaders.

Each week of the summer focuses on one topic, allowing the students to immerse themselves in it fully.

The six weeks is developed around learning themes generated by the students and teachers. The 2016 themes include:

Week 1: Group Dynamics

  • Community building activities
  • Identify multiple intelligences, learning styles
  • Relationships, peer interaction, choices/decision making, respect
  • Social Skill Focus: Intrapersonal

Week 2: Communication

  • Verbal, non-verbal, gestures
  • Strategies for effective communication
  • Speeches, monologues, comedy, debates,
  • Broadcasting, teaching, etc.
  • Presentations
  • Social Skill Focus: Interpersonal

Week 3: Self-Management

  • Know self – learning style
  • Self-advocacy
  • Set goals
  • Time management
  • Learn from mistakes
  • Affirmation and constructive criticism
  • Social Skill Focus: Adaptability

Week 4: Health & Wellness

  • Healthy diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Basic First Aid
  • Maintain hygiene/grooming
  • Financial management
  • Social Skill Focus: Stress management

Week 5: Study Skills

  • Organization
  • Effective notetaking
  • How study, example: websites, flashcards, etc.
  • Time management
  • Technology
  • Community service
  • Social Skill Focus: General mood

Week 6: Leisure Time

  • Social activities
  • Recreation opportunities
  • Pursue hobbies
  • Create a balanced life
  • Social Skill Focus: Conflict resolution

Reading, writing, math, and technology will also be incorporated into daily activities. During research sessions, options for presentations will be differentiated and many academic skills will be addressed including: note taking, use of graphic organizers, revision skills, and edition skills.

All lessons and materials will be differentiated and modified to accommodate the students’ instructional levels, academic needs, and social skills. Social interaction and community building will be integrated into all lessons and activities. Our program strives to show kids that learning can be a positive, fun experience!


  • Six weeks in July and August
  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday


  • Minoa Elementary School
  • Community locations

 Team Building

Assists with communication, socialization, and trust!
Prior field trips for this topic include: Pacific Health Club, Ropes Courses

 Financial Planning

Learn online banking, how to write a check, budgeting money and more!
Prior field trips for this topic include banks.



Healthy eating habits, insider restaurant tips, how to cook your own meals.

Prior field trips for this topic include: Tops, Small Plates Detroit


How to engage in your community, what makes an activist, why should you care about your neighborhood.

Prior field trips for this topic include: Animal shelters, food banks, Samaritan centers


Physical Fitness

Why physical fitness is important, what does it mean to be physically fit, and how can you have fun while exercising (and maybe make it a job!)

Prior field trips for this topic include: SkyZone, horseback riding, Big Don’s Wild Adventure

Post—Secondary Life

Learn about what to do after high school…different college options, employment paths and more!

Field trips for this topic may include: Syracuse University, LeMoyne College, Job Coaching Agency

Creativity & Craftsmanship

Hands-on projects you design yourself with the assistance of a real artisan or artist!

Prior field trips for this topic include: SALT Makerspace

Public Speaking

How to engage an audience, keep calm during a speech and write on any topic!

Prior field trips for this topic include: 93Q

Technology & Media

Everything from how to engage the latest technology to how to safely use social media.

Prior field trips for this topic include: Graphic & web design companies

So much more!!