Young Creatives FAQ

If you do not find your question among these commonly asked questions, please contact us at open@sansori.org.

1. What is the Young Creatives program?
The Young Creatives program has been specially designed for students in grades 1-12 looking to supplement their traditional educational curriculum. A six-weekend enrichment course, Young Creatives revolves around the core concepts of storytelling, movement, and social enterprise, with additional emphases in foundations of filmmaking and fine arts. At the same time, our inquiry-based model uses these more creative pursuits as pathways to engaging the hard and soft sciences, math, and cultural studies through integrated mind-body methodologies.

2. Where and when is the Young Creatives program offered?
Each Young Creatives session runs for six Sunday afternoons and corresponds to the academic semester. Our 2016 sessions begin in New York, NY in September 2016. In addition to regularly scheduled class times, students may also participate in one or more optional field trips. Menlo Park, CA will be our next Young Creatives location.

3. What are the advantages of participating in Sansori’s Young Creatives?
Inspired by Sansori global educational paradigm centered on compassion, commerce, and community, Young Creatives eschews the modern-day preoccupation with test-taking and other “ingest-memorize-regurgitate” ways of learning. Through joy and practical application, students will test and refine tools to exploring themselves and the world, including starting a small scale social enterprise. They will be responsible for teaching mini-lessons (thereby increasing their comfort with public speaking), actively embodying their unique physicality through movement (thereby increasing their self-confidence during the metamorphosis of puberty), and exploring without limitation the range and depth of the creative faculty (thereby migrating away from historically “right” and “wrong” answers in favor of experimentation and self-led innovation).

Young Creatives at the Computer

7. What are “movement” and “social enterprise” and why are they so important to the Young Creatives program?
The mind-body connection established by movement is integral to a student’s accessing his/her full potential and creativity. Sansori does not advocate any particular movement modality, but espouses a variety of “self-centering” practices to help each student tap into her inner wisdom, connect to his creativity, and stay grounded throughout life’s challenges. A social enterprise is a creative business venture that fuses social objectives with sustainable, market-driven forces. These businesses use creative solutions to meet a triple bottom line: people, planet, profit. Each 6-week session of the Young Creatives program will design and implement a small-scale social enterprise for the purposes of learning how to create and sell a product, turn a profit, and give back to the community philanthropically.

8. What might a typical Sunday look like during the 6-weekend sessions?
Each Sunday session is broken into 20-minute activity blocks to keep the young mind and body consistently and actively engaged. These blocks rotate between movement, storytelling, academic content, hands-on learning, arts and crafts, filmmaking, and student presentations. Every Sunday will incorporate all 8 of these components for an afternoon of vibrant, well-rounded, and thoroughly fun exploration. Themes for Fall 2016 include: Tessellations, Optics, and Energy.

9. Who are Sansori’s teachers?
Our teachers have been hand-selected for their creativity, intelligence, passion, and compassion. They hail from all around the country and every discipline, and have graduated from Sansori training intensives that prepare them for all aspects of curriculum design and instruction, classroom management, and parent and community networking. Classes are capped at 20 students with a minimum of 2 Sansori-certified teachers.

10. What does the program cost? Is there a tuition refund policy?
Each 6-weekend session costs $900 per student, and includes all classroom supplies. Discounts may be available for multiple students attending from the same family. Once accepted into the program, $100 non-refundable deposit is required within 2 weeks from the date of acceptance, and the balance is due prior to the first session. 50% refund will be available if the student withdraws before the third session, and no refund available thereafter. A limited number of half scholarships available for students from our partner schools. To find out how your school can become a partner school, please contact open@sansori.org.

11. How do I enroll my student in Young Creatives and when is the deadline?
Applications are now available and will be reviewed through August 15, 2016 on a rolling basis. Please submit the Young Creatives inquiry form on sansori.org. You will be invited to a phone or in-person interview. If you have any questions or cannot meet a deadline, please send us an email at open@sansori.org.

4. What kinds of students participate in Young Creatives?
Those who could benefit from less structure in the classroom and more freedom to follow their sense of wonder.

5. Are there grades, course requirements, or exams at Sansori?
No. Young Creatives learn through the experiential activities of social enterprise, storytelling, foundations of filmmaking, movement, and fine arts. Twice during the course of the program, students will complete an assessment to evaluate content goals and teacher performance. In return, your student’s teacher will e-mail regular updates about what your child is studying each week in the Young Creatives program.

6. Are there any required qualifications to be admitted, such as a minimum letter grade average or standardized test scores?
No. Sansori is a creative, interactive program, so we do not require standardized test scores for admission. We believe there are better ways to express who you are and what you care about.

7. What are “movement” and “social enterprise” and why are they so important to the Young Creatives program?
The mind-body connection established by movement is integral to a student’s accessing his/her full potential and creativity. Sansori does not advocate any particular movement modality, but espouses a variety of “self-centering” practices to help each student tap into her inner wisdom, connect to his creativity, and stay grounded throughout life’s challenges. A social enterprise is a creative business venture that fuses social objectives with sustainable, market-driven forces. These businesses use creative solutions to meet a triple bottom line: people, planet, profit. Each 10-week session of the Young Creatives program will design and implement a small-scale social enterprise for the purposes of learning how to create and sell a product, turn a profit, and give back to the community philanthropically.

8. What might a typical Sunday look like during the 6-weekend sessions?
Each Sunday session is broken into 20-minute activity blocks to keep the young mind and body consistently and actively engaged. These blocks rotate between movement, storytelling, academic content, hands-on learning, arts and crafts, filmmaking, and student presentations. Every Sunday will incorporate all 8 of these components for an afternoon of vibrant, well-rounded, and thoroughly fun exploration. Themes for Fall 2016 include: Tessellations, Optics, and Energy.

Young Creatives Having Fun
4. What kinds of students participate in Young Creatives?
Those who could benefit from less structure in the classroom and more freedom to follow their sense of wonder.

5. Are there grades, course requirements, or exams at Sansori?
No. Young Creatives learn through the experiential activities of social enterprise, storytelling, foundations of filmmaking, movement, and fine arts. Twice during the course of the program, students will complete an assessment to evaluate content goals and teacher performance. In return, your student’s teacher will e-mail regular updates about what your child is studying each week in the Young Creatives program.

6. Are there any required qualifications to be admitted, such as a minimum letter grade average or standardized test scores?
No. Sansori is a creative, interactive program, so we do not require standardized test scores for admission. We believe there are better ways to express who you are and what you care about.

9. Who are Sansori’s teachers?
Our teachers have been hand-selected for their creativity, intelligence, passion, and compassion. They hail from all around the country and every discipline, and have graduated from Sansori training intensives that prepare them for all aspects of curriculum design and instruction, classroom management, and parent and community networking. Classes are capped at 20 students with a minimum of 2 Sansori-certified teachers.

10. What does the program cost? Is there a tuition refund policy?
Each 6-weekend session costs $900 per student, and includes all classroom supplies. Discounts may be available for multiple students attending from the same family. It is important for students to attend every single week, as the classes will build on themselves over the course of the six weeks.

11. How do I enroll my student in Young Creatives and when is the deadline?
Applications are now available and will be reviewed through August 15, 2016 on a rolling basis. Please submit the Young Creatives inquiry form on sansori.org. You will be invited to a phone or in-person interview. If you have any questions or cannot meet a deadline, please send us an email at open@sansori.org.

Young Creatives Projects

12. What is Sansori?
Sansori provides radically new, innovative, and open spaces for alternative education for people of all ages—including the Young Creatives program designed especially for 1st-12th graders. Our programs nurture the integration of community, commerce, and compassion in every facet of our lives.

Sansori means “mountain sound” in Korean. At Sansori we believe that by listening, both without and within, we can climb new peaks, and—together—move mountains. Sansori is not affiliated with any religious, ethnic, or political organization. Sansori is funded by private investors and tuition fees.

Other questions?
Please email us at open@sansori.org

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