Coyote challenges young adolescents of every race and socio-economic background to build skills, creative thinking, self-awareness, and social awareness through hands-on projects with professionals in creative fields.
Coyote’s vision is for Seattle-area adolescents of all racial, economic, and social circumstance to be creative thinkers who are confident in their capabilities and voice and engaged with their community.
*We value the joy of exploration that kids experience when they discover their own talents and realize the possibilities open to them in the world.
*We value the self-confidence that kids develop when they use tools and develop skills beyond their middle-school experience.
*We value process-based learning and the freedom kids have to take creative risks when there’s no one ‘right’ solution.
*We value kids exploring their racial, cultural, and personal identities in our multi- cultural community and building a strong sense of self.
*We value equitable access and experience for all families so that kids from diverse racial and economic backgrounds can bond over shared interests.
*We value our teaching artists – professionals in creative fields and experienced teachers who mentor with skill and dedication.
*We value the social awareness and connection to community kids experience when they get out into the city doing public art or projects with our community partners.
WHAT MAKES COYOTE UNIQUE
APPLIED LEARNING THROUGH SKILLS-BASED WORKSHOPS
Students apply and strengthen knowledge of core academic material through hands on projects
Woodshop: measurement, math, geometry, weight balance, 2D + 3D thinking
Glass Flameworking: combustion reactions, temperature, melting points, viscosity
Video Game Production: programming, language, 2D + 3D thinking
The list goes on!
SUPPORTING UNIQUE AND EVER-CHANGING IDENTITIES OF YOUTH
By keeping kids in the driver’s seat, students are able to learn through curiosity and produce work that they are proud of and solely responsible for.
Students develop skills in perseverance, time management, communication and social emotional learning.
Small class sizes ensure that ALL learners are integrated and have a chance to learn, create, and discover just how much they’re capable of.
At Coyote kids get to be exactly who they are without stigma.
Their student struggles in school and feels chastised for their presumed shortcomings // At Coyote they feel celebrated for their strengths.
Their student struggles with social emotional and behavioral norms when entering middle school // Coyote teamed up with parents and classroom teachers to make a support plan that included challenging the student up vs. a punitive approach.
Their student struggled to find success in other programs accommodating different learning needs // Coyote works to determine her individual needs and helps create a community in which she can be herself and thrive. She comes back multiple times every year.
Their student feels they can not only be 100% who they are at Coyote, but that they’ll also be embraced because of it!
YOU CAN’T GET IT ANYWHERE ELSE
Students access specialized mediums and professional equipment that is typically reserved for adults.
By exploring unique mediums and building projects designed by and for themselves, kids are able to see just what they’re capable of!
The BIG PUSH FOR EQUITY
By maintaining a strong partnership with schools for in classroom recruiting we ensure that we reach students from all backgrounds and economic incomes.
Coyote helps kids connect across difference through a common medium.
By connecting kids from all over the city in a common place with professional tools, kids are able to shed old ways of being or labels that they might be associated with at school.