All Courses

Born to Lead and to Mess Up

This is a 2 part course dedicated to leadership, communication, and how to get involved to build confidence and leadership opportunities.

First-class: Students will hear Rayna’s leadership journey from her teenage years all the way up to starting her own business at 28 years old. Students will learn the significance of learning your own personal and family story. Students will walk out with the tools to find mentors, enhance networking and carrying on conversations.

Homework: Students will be asked to interview family members and share in the following class.

Class two: Students share their stories and learn how to identify their skills and gifts. Teens will be challenged on how to apply those gifts to the causes they care about.

Homework: Students will walk away with a worksheet they can use throughout their leadership journey for getting involved and chasing their passions.

Who is Rayna Rose? I have personally mentored over 100 high school students professionally and have spoken to over 100,000 people in the last decade. I support leaders who want to increase their confidence through social impact and conversation. I am passionate about people leveraging their skills and talents to make a difference in the world therein empowering themselves.

My goal for the students is to learn their family and personal stories and how to share them to motivate themselves. The students will be challenged to think about their dreams and gain empathy for others. In addition to my education and career background, I am fun and very animated and passionate when I speak.

*Please note that classes on Monday are Part 1 and classes on Friday are Part 2*

with Rayna Rose Exelbierd

If registration for your class has closed, please email youthremotelearning@gmail.com to sign up for the class! We’re excited to have you.

How To Be A Better Writer

If you want to improve your writing skills, no matter the genre, this is the course for you!

In this course, experienced journalist and poet David Silverberg will lead you on an engaging journey to learn about the many ways you can make your writing leap off the page. Find out how to find the right word to say what you want to express, sentence structure, writing without flab, the importance of revisions, establishing your voice, and much more.

* Please note that this course is held every Friday for 3 weeks. Please register for each week. *

with David Silverberg

If registration for your class has closed, please email youthremotelearning@gmail.com to sign up for the class! We’re excited to have you.

Auspicious Beginnings

In this weekly course, we’ll look closely at the first words, sentences, lines, and paragraphs of great works of literature.

We’ll practice close-reading skills by zooming in on important details and learning how analytical skills can be brought to bear on literary evidence. We’ll make predictions about the rest of the book based on the beginning. Works will be selected from free online editions, and there’s no need to prepare in advance. Each session will be different, but you don’t need to attend every week; join us whenever you like! This course is taught by a Columbia English professor with experience teaching middle school and high school students.

with Hannah Weaver

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Poetry Out Loud

This class will introduce students to basic skills for reading poetry by using poetry performances and personal reflections as tools for entering the space of a poem and developing greater understanding of its sense, its sound, and its meaning.

with Emily Bloom

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Let’s Void Some Warranties – Hacking Electronics

The first class will go over some basics required to do electronic hacking (soldering, taking things apart, how circuit boards work, and some basics with a programmable IC). We will be using arduino.

The second class will be based on be determined based on vote during the first class! Students will learn how to “circuit bend” an existing product. Examples include:

  • take an xbox controller, and make the arduino automatically press buttons for us
  • reprogram a “smart light bulb” to do whatever we want
  • reprogram one of those “amazon smart tags” to do whatever we want
  • add lights to a kids toy
  • reprogram a common wifi router to do whatever we want 

with Matt Oyer

If registration for your class has closed, please email youthremotelearning@gmail.com to sign up for the class! We’re excited to have you.