Princeton-Blairstown Center’s programs are designed to promote social and emotional learning through the principles of experiential education. All kinds of students will benefit from Princeton-Blairstown Center’s programs, whether in school, at our Blairstown site, on Princeton University’s Campus or in your community.
What is Experiential Education?
Experiential education is a learning process that places participants in a unique setting with purposeful problem-solving activities that require full engagement. Through synthesis and reflection, participants examine pre-existing behaviors in a new light and explore new found skills and strengths.
Our facilitators utilize challenge course and adventure-based programming in small groups to create opportunities for mistakes, success, cooperation, contemplation — all to promote learning experiences that can be transferred back to the personal and academic lives of participants.
Each activity offers opportunities for participants to learn about themselves and their peers through a process of reflection called debriefing. During this process, participants learn:
communication skills that help them share individual and group strengths and challenges,
techniques to help them build on their strengths and improve upon their challenges,
strategies for applying these new skills to the next activity and to their ‘real lives’ in school and at home.
Princeton-Blairstown Center bases its programs on the following principles:
Consistency, continuity, repetition, fun and challenge in a safe environment help a young person to learn.
The skills necessary to be successful, however a young person defines success, must be incorporated into the full life of a young person, in school and within the fabric of the family and community.
Reflection is an important step toward self-awareness. We want participants to ask: “What did I just learn, and how can it be incorporated into other facets of my life?”
Princeton-Blairstown Center has a highly structured, professionally-tested curriculum that helps develop the skills required for success in the 21st century.
Those skills are:
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving
Our programs target the five social-emotional learning principles, including:
- Self -management
- Social awareness
- Relationship skills
- Responsible decision making
Through our programs, we teach young people to:
- Realize their ability to achieve;
- Understand their strengths and passions;
- Articulate personal goals that nurture and empower;
- Make a commitment to others and become active members of their communities;
- Establish their resolve to stand strong in the face of personal challenges;
- Live with a self-respect that will inspire them to take good care of their minds and bodies;
- See the larger world as a place of opportunity and growth.
For more information about our programs please select either our Blairstown Campus Programs or our In-School and Community Programs