GiveChoose 2019 is
Tuesday, May 7
GiveChoose 2019 is
Tuesday, May 7
GiveChoose 2019 is
May 07, 2019

Embark Center for Self-Directed Education

Goal: $5,000.00

Specific Need

Embark Center for Self-Directed Education receives no public funding. However, we are committed to making our program economically diverse and available to youth and families regardless of their ability to pay full membership fees. We currently collect an average of 50% of fees. Private donations will allow us to maintain our dedication to accepting applicants without regard to their economic means.

  • $460 closes the 50% gap for one part time member for 1 month
  • $630 closes the 50% gap for one full time member for 1 month
  • $9600 sponsors one part time member for the year
  • $1890 sponsors one member for our 4 week summer program
  • $12600 sponsors one full time member for the year


The mission of Embark Center for Self-Directed Education is to help teens to become leaders in their own lives by providing a supportive community in which to direct their own learning without traditional school.


“What is Embark Center?”

  • Embark Center is a community of learners and serves as a resource center for youth and families who wish to have more autonomy in their learning and lives.
  • Embark Center provides youth with an alternative option for creating a meaningful, relevant life. It is based upon the groundbreaking work of NorthStar: Self-Directed Learning for Teens. The NorthStar model supports youth in their desire to live and learn without school.
  • Embark Center is NOT a school. Attendance is voluntary, classes/workshops/tutorials are optional, there are no grades or assessments. At Embark, learning is experiencing and, eventually, knowing. Learning is life.




103 Loudoun Street SW
Leesburg VA 20175
Phone: (540) 277-3172

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