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There are many families in the area that would significantly benefit from CLC’s approach to learning. If you know a young person who is looking for a positive alternative to school, please tell them about us and direct them to this website.


Membership fees allow CLC to operate on a basic level. We rely on community donors for the rest. If you would like to make a donation to CLC, please reach out to, donate to our GoFundMe, or donate to our Technology Fund. Thank you for your support!

where your donation goes

  • Membership fees for families who couldn’t otherwise afford to attend our center. CLC is founded on a mission to help all local kids who want or need a different learning experience than is offered in conventional schools.

  • Resources and learning experiences that improve the opportunities for our members. Technical supplies, office supplies and supplies for classes such as art, cooking, makerspace and more, as well as trips and space improvements that allow us to provide the fullest learning experience we can for our members.

Equipment and Supplies Donation Wish list

View our Amazon Wishlist here.

Please consider donating or purchasing equipment, tools or supplies. Email to discuss. Things we currently need include:

  • Flatscreen TVs and large screen monitors

  • Computers: Laptop and desktop PCs that can run remote video software

  • Printer/Copier

  • Couches

  • Comfy chairs

  • Tables and Chairs

  • Headphones/Microphones for computers

  • White board & dry erase markers, cork board

  • Art supplies: paper, paints, paint palettes, brushes, pencils, pens/markers, easel, clay, sketch pads, canvases, glue, etc.

  • Craft/Makerspace Supplies

  • Nonfiction & young adult fiction books in all genres

  • Batteries

  • Hand tools

  • Physics lab supplies

  • Biology lab supplies

  • Chemistry lab supplies

  • First aid supplies

  • Cameras (DSLR), other photography equipment

  • Musical instruments

  • Area rugs

  • Tablecloths, cloth and plastic

  • Bathroom supplies

  • Disinfectant wipes

  • Tissues

  • Masks

  • Hand sanitizer

  • 15-passenger vans

  • Snack foods


Volunteering your time at CLC is a fun and rewarding way to help young people in our community. Our center is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00am - 4:00pm.

There are a number of ways to volunteer:

  • Tutoring

  • Leading a small class or activity

  • Offer a workshop or series of workshops (could be done outside center hours)

  • Provide an internship, volunteer, or work experience for our members

teaching at canton learning collaborative

Because CLC is not a school, but rather a resource center for teenagers who are learning outside of school, teaching there is different from teaching in a middle school or high school. Here are some of the key aspects:

  • Attendance at CLC classes is not mandatory.

  • Classes, activities, and tutoring are typically scheduled for 1 hour per week during our open hours. Workshop scheduling is more flexible.

  • Although classes are not mandatory, and members are not in any kind of trouble if they don’t attend classes, some classes may work best if participants regularly attend — classes with sequential material, for example — whereas others may be well suited to a drop-in format. It’s best to make clear at the start which kind of class yours will be. You can say that this particular class will work best if people make a commitment to attend regularly, and you can let the students know what kind of commitment would be expected. Then they can decide whether or not they want to make that commitment.

  • Though classes may offer forms of assessment like portfolios, narrative reports, quizzes, or projects, completion of such assignments is always voluntary.

  • Teen (and pre-teen) members in a class may span a wide range of ages and what would traditionally be called grade levels.

volunteer qualifications

  • Demonstrated dedication to the mission and guiding philosophy of CLC

  • A willingness to share your time and skills, expertise and passion with young people

  • Skills or expertise in areas that are of interest to our members. Reach out if you have something to offer and we will see if there is interest at the present time and add you to our list of possible future volunteers.

volunteer expectations

  • Volunteers will provide the services they agree to provide to the best of their abilities and in a welcoming, respectful and inclusive manner.

  • Volunteers will inform center staff of any scheduling conflicts as soon as they arise.

  • All contact with our members will be conducted with previous knowledge by staff at the center and will be for the official purposes of CLC unless otherwise approved by a staff member and/or the member’s parents.

  • Volunteers will update a shared document briefly listing the work done and topics covered in class each week.

requirements and application

  • CLC policy states that all volunteers who work with members of CLC must submit to a criminal background check.

  • Please complete our Volunteer Application Google Form, or submit a paper copy to the center, available here or at the center.

These can be given to the center or emailed to

If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer at CLC, please contact us for more information at