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.”