DID YOU KNOW?
On average, 66% of the residents at Northwest Passage are diagnosed with ADHD, far exceeding the national average* of 9.8% for children ages 3-17, making our need for classrooms suitable for these types of learners imperative to meeting their educational needs.
At Northwest Passage, we believe that past academic failure is not a reflection of a student’s potential. Disengagement with traditional academics early in life can create a “snowball effect” of academic failure. We aim to intervene by immersing students in a new way of learning that includes hands-on, student-designed projects integrating multiple subject areas. Through project-based, collaborative, student-driven inquiry, students can develop a love of learning and gain academic confidence that will carry them throughout their lives.
You can help. Your donation will fund adaptive seating that will cater to the need for activity and movement while learning. Together, we can create classrooms that encourage education for all!
EXPERIENTIAL ARTS are a cornerstone of our programming, empowering youth with mental health issues to find beauty in the world that surrounds them, and in themselves.
TIME SPENT IN NATURE heals. Our kids have been exploring the therapeutic benefits of nature from behind the lens, in the water, or on the trails since 1978.
HOW DONATIONS IMPACT OUR KIDS
“Leaving Passage meant leaving behind the stability and support of my second family for the adult world. It took me some time, but I am now living a ‘therapeutic lifestyle’ on my own. It was an honor to receive the award from the Alumni Fund to help me get my first apartment on my own. Now I have a safe place to go every day and something to be proud of. Thank you!
“I don’t know what I would have done without all the chances to be excited for the next adventure with my camera. Knowing I was going to be able to float soundlessly in the water once a week in the summer or get to hike the trails to see fall colors got me through some of my harder times. It also helped me feel like a normal kid, on a field trip, laughing with my friends, just being.”
“I loved all of the chances we had to try different kinds of art. My favorite was pottery. We had an awesome mentor come in and hang out with us for the summer to teach us how to do it and she was really fun. I wish we got to spend more time with artists, they help us see the world in a different way and help me to feel like it is okay to be different.”