Center for Dynamic Learning chosen as Champion in Action
You can hear the sounds of learning at an organization whose name says it all: the Center for Dynamic Learning in Providence.
"The purpose is to inspire them to look into what type of field they could pursue: manufacturing, engineering, being a technician," said co-founder and executive director Beth Cunha.
"Getting them the skills to be able to at least have a career path that will give them a viable income when they get out," said co-founder and chief operating officer Kevin Cunha.
The program is STEAMM-based, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and manufacturing.
The students benefit from hands-on learning.
"Basic machine work, or they can create solar-electric go-carts and drag race them at the end of the semester. They learn about solid works, 3-D modeling," Beth Cunha said.
"They're building something they want to complete, and in the process of it they have learn those mathematics skills to be able to complete it," Kevin Cunha said.
The Center for Dynamic Learning serves students from all grade levels across the state, and it also has a strong performing arts program for students of all ages.
"They can pick a class, which is just an exploratory option, or they can pick a full-scale production, which is lights, costumes, sound, stage," Beth Cunha said.
She said seeing students' growth is rewarding.
"Not only the physical change in their self-confidence, but you watch their grades change, things start to improve," she said.
Those are reasons why the Center for Dynamic Learning is a Champion in Action for youth programming.
A $35,000 grant for mentoring and promotional support will go a long way, but the visibility is priceless.
"To be able to share our work with the community and show the amazing things our children do on a regular basis. It's incredible," Beth Cunha said.
Kevin Cunha said the organization gives children the tools they need to build a better life.
"Somebody did it for me once, I just wanted to give it back," he said.