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LightHouse Personalized Education for Teens Set to Open in Holyoke

HOLYOKE — Teenagers in Western Mass. now have another educational option. LightHouse Personalized Education for Teens opens its doors on Tuesday, Sept. 8 with an initial cohort of 30 students.

“We serve the most interesting teens in Hampden County — teens who have vision and goals for their futures, and are inspired to learn outside the box and spend their energies on projects they find engaging and meaningful,” said Co-director Catherine Gobron.

LightHouse is holding several open houses in September, including Friday, Sept. 4, 3-4 p.m.; and Thursday, Sept. 10, 3-4 p.m. See the whole list at lighthouseteens.org/open-houses.

Gobron was Program Director for North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens in Hadley for more than a decade, and has now opened LightHouse, an independent affiliate program to North Star, with Co-director Josiah Litant, who left his position as senior associate dean of Students at Hampshire College to launch LightHouse with Gobron.

“This last year has been a whirlwind, but it’s all come together,” said Litant. “Our brand-new facility in the STEAM building of Holyoke’s Innovation District is gorgeous, and we are especially excited about our Maker Space and Music Studio. It’s been very exciting to begin to get to know our new students. Our incoming teens and families understand that learning is something you do, and they are excited to start now.”

LightHouse is open to teens ages 13 to 18, focusing on optional pathways of entrepreneurship, arts, tech, and college prep.
To learn more, visit lighthouseteens.org.

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