Hidden Villa

Hidden Villa's mission is to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land and legacy. As part of Hidden Villa's commitment to social justice, we provide over $350,000 on scholarship and partnership support. Guiding Principles We deliver a wide variety of relevant educational experiences that teach respect for the environment and for each other. We encourage program participation from diverse communities. We engage diverse voices of the community in the design, implementation, delivery, and evaluation of programs and services. We build alliances, internally and externally, between people, programs, and diverse communities to optimize resources and deepen our impact. W...
Jan 30, 2015

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Sierra Backpacking Program
Sierra Backpacking Program

We wanted to thank you all for your support of our project to Empower 400 Youth to Make a More Peaceful Tomorrow. We've reached our goal and are happy to deactivate this project from Global Giving. If you would like to continue giving through Global Giving, we are amazingly grateful. There are two other Hidden Villa projects that you can support. Luckily, there are so many other wonderful ways that you can stay involved in Hidden Villa and our programs. We'd love to see you on the farm or check out our website, Facebook, or Twitter.

Thanks again for all of the great support!

Art at Hidden Villa Summer Camp
Art at Hidden Villa Summer Camp
Campers Caring for the Animals
Campers Caring for the Animals

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Jan 30, 2015

Trying New Things

Ephraim (Center front) with Youth Development Team
Ephraim (Center front) with Youth Development Team

As a Youth Development intern and a youth worker I often tell the youth and students to 1) have fun 2) have supportive language and actions and 3) try new things as our agreement during their time at Hidden Villa. However, I recently questioned myself, “Have I been trying new things lately? Have I been using supportive language and actions in my life? Most importantly am I having fun?” As I reflect on my mid-year experiences and opportunities of growth here at Hidden Villa, I realize that I have how much I have been trying new things, consciously utilizing supportive language and actions, and undoubtedly having lots of fun.

1) Have Fun. I see myself as a very serious and concentrated hard worker when it comes to scheduling programs and putting together activities and initiatives for the coming youths. I always try sprinkle in some calm and fun when it comes to the projects and programs that come my way. We are definitely serious about the work that we do here in youth development but we cannot always be serious, we always try our best to have fun whether it be a long stressful day or challenging opportunities are ahead of us, we HAVE FUN!

2) Supportive language and actions can get you anywhere and everywhere you go. I became more conscious about my body language and the words I use when I became part of the Hidden Villa Community in June. We support each other, hand-in-hand, in challenging ourselves to develop the kind of community that we want. I definitely did not notice that I have been using supportive language and actions even before I came to Hidden Villa. I just became more aware and deliberate of these things. I believe that I am a better mentor and educator to the youth when I fully embody and engage with these agreements.

3) Trying New Things. Every day I try to step outside my comfort zone to grow and develop new skills as an aspiring educator and individual. I take on projects and programs to be able to fully engage myself in my community and provide my fullest capacity to the youth and students that come to Hidden Villa. Puzzles and problems become great opportunities for us to develop our skills and become autonomous thinkers and moral agents of the society that we live in. As educators, leaders and mentors we propose trying new things to their level of comfortability allowing themselves the opportunity to grow and learn a lot about themselves and their communities. Trying new things is an opportunity for us to understand each other and to become conscious of the impacts we have, big or small in the communities and people that we serve.

Thus, we have fun, enforce positive language and actions, and try new things in proving a supportive, cooperative and reflective environment for the students, youths and adults to be inspired for a just and sustainable future.

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Jan 9, 2015

Thank You for Your Support

Getting Youth out of Their Everyday Lives
Getting Youth out of Their Everyday Lives

Thank you for your support of Hidden Villa programs. You've helped us reach our goal for supporting the empowerment of 400 youth to make a more peaceful tomorrow.

At Hidden Villa it is our goal to get youth out of their everyday life; having new experiences and building community in a learning environment that promotes social justice. Youth come to Hidden Villa and are given a unique farm and wilderness experience that gives them the ability to try new things and learn about themselves in a new way. New and shared experiences are the building blocks from which common ground is built. Youth can come to Hidden Villa from radically different backgrounds and find connection through the agreement that pigs smell or the challenge of hiking a steep trail together.

Following the legacy of our Founders, Frank and Josephine Duveneck, our programs capitalize on the unity shared experience develops; however we also create a community and environment passionate about learning by engaging our youth in intentional conversations on Race and Gender. These conversations often involve an experiential learning component where youth explore a topic through an interactive experience. The activity debrief guides the individual through their own self-reflection and critical analysis of the experience. This promotes the development of empathy and self-awareness.

We hope you will continue to support our other Hidden Villa programs posted here on Global Giving or through our website (www.hiddenvilla.org).

Happy New Year!

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