About Us

Mohonk was founded in 1981 in Westport, CT and is incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to youth. We maintain a 185 acre camp and nature study site in Mt Washington, MA, and as of 2015, we  announced new programs at a third location in  Marshfield Hills, MA.

We offer recreational and educational programs for all children and families, and we have a residential program for children who need a temporary stay away from their own homes because of family conflicts. Included in our activities are international programs in order to have children meet each other through exchange programs, scholarships and entrepreneurial development. In addition, from our  Westport location we raise funds for annual programs to improve education. We have supported programs in Haiti, Ghana, the Philippines, and, of course, the United States.

Our second location in Marshfield Hills, MA will also serve as a base for educational programs that involve student volunteers from area universities. 

All of these programs are based upon and incorporate the most current educational theories that can take into account the individual learning styles and abilities of each child.

Many have asked why we use the word  “neuropsychological” in our title. The answer is that the field of neuropsychology relates to how our brain develops and functions. Over the past three decades educational research and psychological research have made so many dramatic and vital discoveries  about how our brains work that this field has direct and important relevance to education and child development in general.  Some of the concepts are similar to the  Montessori methods but also incorporate the latest science related to Cognitive Behavioral techniques.

Mohonk is staffed mostly by part time staff and many volunteers. The director, Dr. David Singer, served as a state psychologist specializing in adolescence before founding Mohonk in 1981. Mohonk staff have designed numerous programs, schools and residences for adolescents in Connecticut and Massachusetts as well as in Asia and other parts of the world.

As of 2013, Mohonk will support and, in part, sponsor a program called Brooks’ World. This program began in 2003 in memory of Brooks Thomsen Singer, a high school sophomore, who passed away while on a humanitarian trip to Peru. More information can be found at www.brooksworldtravels.org. You can also read the post on our website called, “Brooks’ World Scholarships.”

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  18. Joe Bolandrina says:

    Dr. Singer was kind enough to contact me about a Bike Collection I’m organizing for the benefit of Bikes for the Philippines, in concert with Bikes Not Bombs, and Bikes for the World. Dr. Singer simply responded to a flyer, but filled my heart with hope and filled my wings with wind! I was so excited about his call that I wrote down as much as I could, to include this wonderful website. Imagine, just a simple phone call inspired me and reminded me that this world is blessed with Hope. Thank You Dr. Singer. I look forward to meeting you on March 25th at the Bedford Community Center, Bedford, MA. Iskwelahang Pilipino (Filipino Cultural School) will have a session on the same day and you’re welcome to join us there too (also in the Community Center). After all it’s another organization dedicated to youth!

  19. Connie says:

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    • admin says:

      Thanks for your comment. Most people send us comments based on our activities. It is nice to have someone comment on our interest in neuropsychology. It sounds like such a distant, scary, impersonal term. Many people think that it relates to only kids with special needs. THAT IS NOT TRUE!!! We now know so much about how the human brain works that it applies directly to all children in every circumstance.
      While tracking in the woods, looking for the trail of a deer, some kids can pick up clues that they see that other students cannot. It is not their visual ability. It is not related to intelligence in the classical sense. Their brains are much more capable of interpreting spacial configurations than others might be. It is the wiring in their brains. It is probably both the combination of inborn capability and experiences in their lives. The same idea holds true for just about every ability or interest that any child possesses. We are at the point where we can measure those differences in different circuits of the brain. We are at the point that by recognizing this we can and probably must take into account the differences, the uniqueness of each child.
      At Mohonk we have been trying and have often succeeded to apply this knowledge into direct and specific programs for each child. Again, these are not just for special needs children. We have run most programs for typical children and even specifically for gifted children and see as wide a variety of abilities as any other child.
      It is especially nice when we all recognize that despite the uniqueness of each child, we are all so much more the same than different when we need to work together. Thanks for your comment.

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