Who We Serve

serveSusty Kids, Inc. develops programs for girls (Susty Girl), young women (Susty Girl Ventures) and both girls and boys (Susty Kids Environmental and Susty in the Garden) that support these children as they learn, retain and apply sustainable practices into their lives, families and communities.

Our in school and after school enrichment programs are offered at no cost to the children. We work with parents and educators in the schools who are our champions of all things Susty.  Together we hope that these children will become their communities future sustainability leaders.

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Why “Seven to Eleven” is important

The brains of children between the ages of seven to eleven are remarkable. It is a clinical fact that enormous amounts of information are consumed by this age range, and internalized both neurologically and somatically.  This means that not only is the Hippocampus (the area of the brain that stores information) growing at a rapid speed, but the internalization (the body’s “getting it” of information from the brain into physical behavior) can turn into repeated actions that turn into lifelong habits.

“The brains of children between the ages of seven and eleven are remarkable,” states Dr. M.A. Greenstein, the founder of The George Greenstein Institute (GGI), a neuro-education think tank, dedicated to raising brain awareness to lead real change by design.  According to Dr. Greenstein, “current neurological research continues to unfold the story of “neuroplasty” and “mylineation” – two features that define the developmental growth of nimble young brains.  This growth period powerfully shaped by rewarding sensory integration experiences, novel learning and challenging opportunities to problem-solve – the combination that fuels curiosity, self-confidence, and actual brain development.

 

Spatial memory learning is especially critical for this age group – both in terms of spatial reasoning and number sense but maybe more importantly, cultivation of positive body image and robust memory networks to be used throughout life. Working with children at this age is critical and will help young minds literally grow into strong, neurologically supported sustainable lives!”