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Why is Community-Engaged Learning Essential?

  • It is important for students in the CYL program to have multiple opportunities to engage with children and youth in community settings with connections to their academic studies at Hampshire College. These opportunities will be facilitated through course-based placements, internships, and independent studies. 
  • We value the establishment of community connections that last longer than a semester, and we emphasize the importance for students to consider building a sustained relationship with an organization across their time at Hampshire.
  • CYL students are encouraged to make connections between their community engagements with young people and their academic interests and questions through such means as reflective and analytic writing and creative work.

How do I get involved? 

For Questions:

Beth Mattison, Critical Childhood, Youth and Learning Program assistant director, 413.559.5613, or Matthew Haley, Hampshire Youth Connect coordinator and alumni fellow 413.559.5359 and


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