Kids in The Spotlight
In this very popular program, children learn about themselves and each other while working together on a creative musical production.
KITS 2019 summer programs are FULL. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist to be notified if any spaces in the summer programs become available, please select Join Waitlist (above when reading about one of the summer programs) and then choose "YES, please add me to the waiting list" in the on-line form.
Denise Goldbeck, with a team of youth interns, leads a multi-age group of children through a creative process that culminates in a special show. Participants of the program leave with: a better sense of self by seeing where they fit into the developmental spectrum; a mind well exercised after having explored their creativity and learning to cooperate; and strong connections to other participants and leaders of the program.
- Self understanding
- Mutual cooperation and respect
- Social understanding
- Leadership skills
- How to support others
- How to contribute to the success of the group
In an optional, complementary session, caregivers learn about:
- Child development (their own and their children's)
- The developmental aspects of the program
The program combines a variety of group exercises, activities and discussions where children explore moral lessons, their own behaviours, and the behaviours of others in a non-judgmental setting. Use is made of theatre, music, dance, drama, and stage creation to facilitate group cooperation and learning. Older children support younger children in dances, songs, and dramatic scenes. Youth Interns assist with the program and act as role models for younger participants. Children stay at The Haven with a parent or guardian.
Notes for parents and guardians - you are expected to attend the opening session on the first evening of the program, the performance on the last evening (the program ends at noon the following day), and to be with your children outside of session times. Older children have evening sessions; most evenings the younger children are offered lawn games, facilitated by the Youth Interns. Children will stay at The Haven with a parent or guardian.
See KITS schedule for parents (updated 2018-Sept-13).
2012 marked the 25th anniversary of Kids in the Spotlight at The Haven.