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Remembering Metta


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Remembering Metta


 

 

 

For many years, Metta Callahan, our friend and neighbor, was a volunteer Family Advocate with Young Rhinebeck (now CultureConnect). She worked with families with limited English skills, facilitating communication between parents and teachers, to help them better navigate the school process. She had a tremendous impact on these families and on the entire Latino community in Rhinebeck.
In the months before she passed away, Metta was talking with us about expanding our Family Advocacy program to help with the college admissions process. While this can be difficult for any student, the transition from high school to college is especially challenging for first or second generation Americans.  Over time, we will work to fulfill her vision by broadening our Family Advocacy program to include college counseling and other support for English language learners and their families.
CultureConnect is heartened by the many donations we have received in Metta's memory and we extend our sincere thanks to all of those who have honored her in this way.

 

 
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Life, Learning, & Language . . . ArtSConnect . . . MADAGASCAR CONNECT . . . HalfDay/Whole World


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Life, Learning, & Language . . . ArtSConnect . . . MADAGASCAR CONNECT . . . HalfDay/Whole World


 

 

CultureConnect programs prepare our youth to interact with the local and global communities of their future...

CultureConnect (formerly Young Rhinebeck) is a community based, volunteer led not-for-profit organization based in the Mid-Hudson Valley town of Rhinebeck, New York.  For over 20 years, it has helped meet the changing needs of youth in our community.

 
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mission


CultureConnect prepares youth to interact
with their local and global communities
with intelligence, compassion and cultural competence.

 

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mission


CultureConnect prepares youth to interact
with their local and global communities
with intelligence, compassion and cultural competence.

 

We envision a world in which young people engage their world
with sound academic and intellectual abilities, a sense of citizenry
and ethics, and the wisdom that comes from hands-on experience
in cultural competence and compassion.

We do this by providing youth with opportunities, resources, and skills to:

Help strengthen a belief in their own self worth and determination
Better prepare them for school and productive work
Connect with other youth, their local community, and beyond.

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ArtsConnect


Art gives us the opportunity to learn about ourselves, our feelings, our ideas of what is beautiful, and how we see our values and beliefs reflected in the world around us.

 

 

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ArtsConnect


Art gives us the opportunity to learn about ourselves, our feelings, our ideas of what is beautiful, and how we see our values and beliefs reflected in the world around us.

 

 

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Madagascarconnect


This program connects our community to Madagascar through a series of educational courses that culminate in a humanitarian trip to Madagascar.

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Madagascarconnect


This program connects our community to Madagascar through a series of educational courses that culminate in a humanitarian trip to Madagascar.

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Half day / Whole world


Enjoy and learn about the cultures and foods of the world.

 

Middle school lets out at 11:30 - What's your plan?  Join us for lunch and fun activities.
 

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Half day / Whole world


Enjoy and learn about the cultures and foods of the world.

 

Middle school lets out at 11:30 - What's your plan?  Join us for lunch and fun activities.
 

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Life, Learning and Language


(AKA: "LLL")

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Life, Learning and Language


(AKA: "LLL")

LLL is an after-school and summer academic enrichment program for elementary age students in Rhinebeck. In 2015 CultureConnect began a pilot program for expansion beyond Rhinebeck in the Kingston School System.

LLL helps to enhance language skills, promote confidence, address achievement gaps, foster interpersonal and social relationships, and nurture a sense of the child's and family's belonging in the school and local community.

 

LLL Kingston Classroom! Wendy Brisley with tutors and LLL students

LLL Kingston Classroom! Wendy Brisley with tutors and LLL students