Cultivating Purpose Beyond Hewitt
The emphasis on student-centered, experiential learning in lower and middle school classrooms fosters a mindset that blossoms in the upper school into a full-fledged Experiential Learning and Community Partnerships Program, which takes Hewitt's young women beyond the walls of their school. The program offers a host of different opportunities, including summer programs, internships, jobs, volunteer service, and leadership programs and gives students the opportunity to take a deep dive into a particular area of interest through an experience that is practical and hands on. Such experiences are key to guiding young women in cultivating a sense of purpose.
Hewitt’s experiential learning program provides students with exclusive opportunities and helps connect individual students with programs targeted to their interests and learning styles. Examples of recent experiential initiatives include:
- The ACE Mentor Program, a nationwide not-for-profit organization that helps prepare high school students for careers in design and construction through mentoring by industry professionals. RAMSA (Robert A.M. Stern Architects) has been part of the ACE Mentor Program since Spring 2013. Every year, professional volunteers mentor a group of passionate Hewitt students through presentations and a design project.
- The Rattlestick Theater Company internship is an exclusive opportunity for one Hewitt 11th or 12th grader to work directly with theater marketing, communications, fundraising, and producing professionals. The mission of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is to present diverse, challenging and provocative plays that might not otherwise be produced and to foster the future voices of the American theater.
- Girls With Impact is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to teaching young women the skills necessary to launch and lead their own businesses and community organizations. Through advising, mentorship, and an online course that develops a community of female leaders, Girls With Impact introduces girls to the principles of business and entrepreneurship, challenging them to research, create, develop, and pitch their own business plans.
Additional experiential initiative partners include:
- The Rockefeller University Science Outreach Program
- God's Love We Deliver
- Summer Steps at The Brick Church School
- Whitney Museum of American Art
- Urban Word NYC
- Daniel's Music Foundation
- New York Film Academy
- New York Times Student Journeys
- Young Women's Leadership Network