Classes / Special Guests 

Whale Research

Ocean Optimism

Instructor: Alanna Canaran 

Instructor Bio: Alanna has 10+ years of experience working with youth in both an outdoors and classroom settings. She has worked in the education department at the Toronto Zoo and the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. She has been a camp counsellor, a nature tour guide, STEM educator, a dive instructor, a marine biologist, and now an online ocean educator hoping to inspire youth to love and care for the ocean.  

Class Description: During this hour long class, students will explore 10 fun facts in Ocean Optimism. Ocean Optimism is a collaborative marine conservation movement to inspire a hopeful outlook when it comes to the future of our sustainable seas. In this class we will focus on current solutions, stories of inspiration, and new discoveries currently being made in ocean sciences. To give you a sneak peak, we will learn about a funky looking squid that was only observed living for the first time last year, a group of grandmothers that are spearheading research on venomous sea snakes in New Caledonia, and a dog known for her Ocra poop sniffing abilities. When budding young scientists follow current events and news stories related to the ocean, they are more likely to feel personally connected to the science they are learning, encouraging them to strive for a better ocean. Analyzing and discussing real-world science news is also a way for students to learn about the scientific method and how new data may support or challenge old ideas. This class requires no prior knowledge, as I will help guide students and define new concepts as we go. The desire to learn and an interest in fun facts about the ocean are the only requirements!

Ages        Day(s)       Date(s)       Time         Cost                  Class Size

12-17               Tuesday         02/16/21          6:30PM         Members - FREE         1-25 Students 

                                                                                                  Non-Members - $15                                                                              


Teens & Library

Teen Advisory Meeting

Instructor: Skills Empowered Intern Team 

Instructor Bio: Skills Empowered brings on amazing interns from colleges around Massachusetts who are interested in studying in the area of education, psychology, and social work. During their time with Skills Empowered, they are taught strategies and tips for working with children and youth. They bring a wealth of expereience and knowledge around overcoming and managing teen issues. 

Class Description: During this hour long session, teens will work together to brainstorm various project and class ideas to run throughout the year. With the facilitation of our intern coaches, teens will have the opportunity to collaborate and work together as a team. They will work on developing planning and organization skills as well as develop the ability to lsiten to different perspectives and demonstrate flexible thinking. 

Ages        Day(s)       Date(s)       Time         Cost                  Class Size

12-17               Thursday         03/04/21          6:30PM            FREE                          1-15 Students 



Art Class

The Art of Words: Discovering Who You Are through Creating Images and Haiku

Instructor: Diedré M. Blake

Instructor Bio: Diedre has dedicated her professional career to helping young people overcome life challenges through the use of language education and expressive/art therapy. In the beginning of her career, Diedre worked with at-risk adolescent girls at Germaine Lawrence as an expressive therapist. in 2006, Diedre earned her Master's in Art Therapy at Lesley University. For the past five years, Diedre has worked as a freelance writer and recently works as an Assistant Instructor Manager for Interac located in Japan. 

Class Description: During this hour long class, students will learn how to use art as a way to improve their self-care. This one hour class will also teacher students how they can utilize expressive art as a way of finding and strengthening their inner voice. Through the content taught in this class, the goal will be to help students build their confidence and self-esteem through the power of art. 

Ages        Day(s)       Date(s)       Time         Cost                   Class Size

12-17             Wednesday      02/24/21          6:30PM        Members - FREE           1-25 Students 

                                                                                                  Non-Members - $15                                                                              


Taking Notes

Note-Taking Tips for Teens

Instructor: Ms. Jheri Worldwide  

Instructor Bio: Ms. Jheri is a writer, educator, and social innovator. She is a proud alumna of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Kingston University London. She is the author of M.E.E.T. me for Cheese and Chocolate ‘My European Experiences and Travels and M.E.E.T. me for Tea in London. Amongst her professional experiences she served as an event coordinator for NBCUniversal Olympics and The American Black Film Festival. Ms Jheri Worldwide is an adjunct professor, substitute teacher, tutor, and warrior in the fight for equal justice. She is a pen for the voice of the underrepresented.

Class Description: This one hour class is an opportunity for students to learn to take effective notes using various techniques. This camera on course allows students to learn note taking strategies, build literacy skills, and engage with mainstream news as they evaluate information for main ideas and keywords. Students will learn the importance of neat and organized notes.

Ages        Day(s)        Date(s)       Time         Cost                  Class Size

12-17               Wednesday     03/03/21         6:30PM        Members - FREE         1-25 Students 

                                                                                                  Non-Members - $15                                                                              


Professor & Students

Metacognitive Strategies for Teens

Instructor: Grace Lincoln, Ph.D

Instructor Bio: Grace has over 35 years of experience working with students of all ages teaching them strategies and techniques that will improve their metacognitive skills and self-awareness. Grace has a Doctor of Philosophy and two Masters of Education. She is an expert in thinking styles assessments and is a certified professional education coach. Grace is currently a Professor at Curry College in the Program for Advancement for Learning Department. 

Class Description: This four week class will focus on helping students learn about how their brain thinks and how it can help them maximize their potential. This class will teach students about multiple intelligence, emotional intelligence and other important concepts that will strengthening their self-awareness. This class will also go over different strategies and techniques that can help students become more independent and confident students.  

Ages        Day(s)        Date(s)       Time         Cost                  Class Size

12-17               Tuesday(s)      03/09/21 -         6:30PM        Members - FREE         1-25 Students 

                                                  03/30/21                                 Non-Members - $50                                                                              



Dave Marchetti's Animal Experiences

Instructor: Dave Marchetti

Instructor Bio: Coming soon... 

Class Description: Coming soon...

Ages          Day(s)           Date(s)       Time       Cost                Class Size

12-17                  Wednesday         04/07/20         7:00PM       Members - FREE       1-25 Students 

                                                                                                         Non-Members - $15                                                                              



Games with James 

Instructor: Coming soon...

Class Description: Coming soon...

Ages               Day(s)         Date(s)     Time       Cost              Class Size

12-17                       Tuesday              04/13/21       6:3o PM         FREE                      1-25 Teens                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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Non-verbal to National Speaker 

Instructor: Kerry Magro 

Instructor Bio: Dr. Kerry Magro is an award-winning autistic professional speaker, best-selling author and autism consultant to the HBO series Mrs. Fletcher that aired last in Fall 2019. He started professional speaking 10 years ago via the National Speakers Association and has spoken at over 1000 events during that time include 2 TEDxTalks and a 'Talks at Google' presentation. In addition Kerry is CEO & President of KFM Making A Difference, a nonprofit organization that hosts inclusion events and has provided 86 scholarships for students with autism for college and counting since 2011. In his spare time he hosts a Facebook Page called Kerry's Autism Journey that now has 205,000 Facebook followers where he does on-camera interviews highlighting people impacted by a diagnosis to break down barriers in our community. His videos have been watched over 35 Million times. 

Class Description: Coming soon...

Ages               Day(s)         Date(s)     Time       Cost              Class Size

N/A                          Tuesday              04/27/21       7:00 PM         FREE                      1-25                                                                                                                                                                                                    

In a Meeting

Thinking About Higher Education? Q & A Session with College Students.

Instructor: 10 College students from Curry College, Stonehill College and Northeastern University. 

Class Description: During this one hour session, teens can hear about the expereiences from current college students. This is an opportunity for teens to ask questions about higher education and life after high school.  Teens can also ask questions about some of the struggles or triumphs that the college students experience dduring their adolescence when it came to thinking about life graduation. 

Ages               Day(s)         Date(s)     Time       Cost              Class Size

N/A                          Thursday             04/17/21       7:00 PM         FREE                      1-25