. . . is one of the words we use, frequently, to explain what we do at DRC. At first glance, this term may appear fairly simple, mundane, and uninspiring. It is, however, the only one that truly encompasses everything, of importance, that happens here on a daily basis.
We celebrate spontaneity, creativity, imagination, innovation, intellect, and originality. DRC is the educational facility, as our students can attest, where the staff say, “yes” to most requests. They discover, in time, that taking charge of their education means that they don’t have to ask permission to explore their ideas or take on any project, activity, or task. As long as it follows our one rule of respect for self, others, and the space, they are free to investigate any inspiration that pops into their heads. This freedom may be disconcerting, and, frankly, uncomfortable to some, at first, and it may take a while to adjust, however, those that succeed here learn how to ask for help when they need it, and, in the process, become accustomed (unafraid) to making mistakes.
At DRC, carrots and sticks are not used, nor are they needed, because every person here comes to understand, on a deep level, that personal motivation occurs from within. Daily interactions are positively charged with encouragement and appreciation, in recognition that validating and affirming relationships are the key to fostering growth, profound learning, unbiased receptiveness to new ideas and change, as well as, the ability to reflect on (learn from) successes along with errors or challenges.
Our students bring their unique ideas, passion, hopes, and dreams to this place; therefore, we are deeply honored, and, yes, obligated to listen to their individual thoughts and opinions, and, support their efforts in every way we can.
Feel the Heat Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction
We are looking forward to a fun evening with fantastic food and good company, all to support our work and continue our efforts to build community.
Purchase your tickets before February 9th. They are available through the website or by contacting Maria at the Center.
We are in the midst of what seems to be our annual membership explosion. If you are looking for a new educational program, one which recognizes your distinctive talents and notions, please contact us today.