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Samara Learning Center believes that the best experiences for youth are ones that promote personal growth.  In our programs, we weave intentional skill-building with emphasis on social and emotional skills into all activities and interactions.  



Samara Learning Center works to realize the dignity and worth of each individual and to eliminate human barriers based on all assumptions that prejudge individuals. Designed and implemented to reduce sexual, racial, religious, and cultural stereotypes and to foster positive intercultural relationships, at Samara, everyone is welcome.


  • Each youth participant, staff member, and volunteer has unique value that adds to Samaras' community.

  • All youth, staff, and volunteers should feel safe and supported.

  • A person’s words and actions have a direct impact on themselves, others, and the environment around them.

  • Each person plays an important role in creating a safe, fun, and positive experience together.



Youth agree to…

  1. Think in advance about the consequences of my words and actions.

  2. Be considerate and respectful of others’ feelings, bodies, and property.

  3. Listen to and follow directions.

  4. Participate in activities with my best effort.

  5. Cooperate with and encourage the efforts of other participants.

  6. Respect and protect the natural environment and program space.

  7. Be honest, fair, and stay positive in play, activities, and interactions.

  8. Acknowledge when I make a bad choice and commit to try again.

  9. Problem solve differences or conflicts in a respectful and constructive manner.

  10. Communicate to an adult when I need help or have a problem I can’t solve.


Adult staff and volunteers agree to …

  1. Treat youth with respect and curiosity.

  2. Model appropriate behavior.

  3. Set clear and reasonable limits and expectations for youth.

  4. Listen to youth input and perspective.

  5. Encourage youth as they learn and try new things.

  6. Pay attention to individual youth needs.

  7. Assume good intentions from youth. 

  8. Communicate clearly and respectfully to youth when they make bad choices.

  9. Problem solve with youth as needed to help them make the best choices they can.

  10. Support youth in growing skills to solve conflicts and other problems independently.

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