All programs at Open Connections have vertical age-groupings. The ages listed for each program aid in guiding Facilitators, parents and youth in selecting the program(s) that will best fit each youth—socially, developmentally and academically. The ages listed serve as a starting point for a broader conversation, which will take into account each youth’s current needs. At times, it may make sense for an eight-year-old to continue in the Open Program for another year before moving on to a Group or Choice. Similarly, an eleven-year-old may continue to be in Group II (vs. III) to have the opportunity to further develop certain skill sets in an environment where he or she can grow into a leadership role.
We repeatedly hear from alumni and current families that they greatly value the following aspects of Open Connections: