Who We Serve, and How

By // December 30, 2016

Students choose LightHouse for a variety of reasons. But there’s always a reason. LightHouse is not the default choice- we are not free, public school. We are an alternate choice because something about the traditional option available to our students is not working for them. These reasons vary considerably. Some of our students were simply bored and disengaged. Some were … Read More

Mindfulness

mindfulness class at lighthouse

By // November 20, 2016

I’m leading a Mindfulness class this block, though certainly I’m no Zen master. I say leading rather than “teaching,” because in truth I’m taking the course along with the students. I’m more of a curator/facilitator than teacher. Luckily, the world and the internet are full of resources for learning mindful practices. I am getting so much out of this experience, … Read More

Art Show! Friday, April 15

By // April 5, 2016

LightHouse has attracted an impressive number of artists. More than half of the students in our program spend substantial time creating visual art pieces of all kinds, and take part in the many art classes we’ve been offering this year. On Friday, April 15 they will be showing their work at an opening reception, 4:00-7:00 pm in the lobby of … Read More

Northfire

lighthouse holyoke at northfire

By // February 27, 2016

What a gift! Huge thanks to Garrett Sawyer and Jay Metcalf and everyone at Northfire Recording Studio. As one of our students said many times throughout the day, it was a dream come true. We thought we were just going to have a tour, but it turned into a recording session! In 90 minutes the group wrote, performed, recorded and … Read More

Call for Artists

call for artists lighthouse holyoke

By // February 21, 2016

With the support of The Holyoke Cultural Council and Whole Foods, LightHouse is hosting a Teen Art Show in the lobby of the STEAM Building to open on Friday, April 15, 4:00-7:00pm. Call for Artists application is available now. Space in the show will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and the application will close on March 24. Any … Read More

Progress on Soucey Park

lighthouse students work on designs for Soucey Park

By // February 20, 2016

LightHouse is committed to improving our local community, and Soucey Park is high on our list. As part of our program at LightHouse, students choose community projects to work on every Friday. The goal is for our students to learn to take positive action in improving their community and their world. The first project they chose back in September of … Read More

The Truth About Trust

trust is an essential ingredient at LightHouse

By // February 13, 2016

Relationships at LightHouse are founded on trust. We trust that our students really do want to learn and to build interesting, positive, and healthy lives. We know this is true for every single one of our students. We also know that learning how to build this life is a process that develops and changes over time. We trust our students … Read More

Who wants a LightHouse T-Shirt?

By // December 1, 2015

With the expert guidance of our wonderful Carlos Peña, the teens in our Screenprinting class have made some beautiful LightHouse t-shirts! Students in the class have learned to design and create screens and print shirts.  In addition to the artistic and technical aspects of this endeavor, they’ve also focused on the business and entrepreneurial side of things- how many shirts, … Read More

Ten Weeks and Subtitles

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Video! LightHouse opened on September 8, 2015.  We are now about 10 weeks into our first year with our first cohort of 23 students.  So far, so awesome.  Take a look and hear from some of our teens directly: