Youth Initiative High School exists to provide holistic Waldorf-inspired education for grades 9-12. Working with the Steiner model of the “three-fold human being,” we strive to integrate “head, heart and hands” (thinking, feeling and willing) into the fabric of school life. Parents, students and faculty together create an environment which encourages and assists students in becoming free thinkers, and in maturing, into active, response-able, empowered participants in the greater society. The school, its students, families and faculty strives to be of service to the larger community.
Youth Initiative is about building the students’ character, their ability to think, feel and act with love and purpose. We do this within the context of a community, where people depend on each other and collaborate for the good of the whole. We see adolescence as a transition from outwardly imposed authority to inner authority, as a process of developing autonomy.
We facilitate individual student talents and personal growth, their imagination and passion and their love of the arts. Our rich challenging course of study integrates academics, the arts, and practical life skills.
Students are asked to take on meaningful responsibility, to help in directing the course, and, in so doing, to step into their emerging selves.