Our mission is to cultivate an equitable, all-ages community of self-directed learners. We aim to reduce barriers between youth and adults of diverse backgrounds by providing a safe and inclusive space for them to share knowledge and resources.


Core Values

In order to successfully co-create a safe and inclusive space for learners and community-members of all ages and backgrounds, Alder Commons practices and promotes the following core values:

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Self-Directed Education

All classes and workshops at Alder Commons are optional. We encourage members to take control of their education, and we support them in exploring their interests.

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Satisfying and Purposeful Life

We encourage and guide community members to pursue their own path towards a Satisfying and Purposeful Life, and we provide resources to help people get there. Rather than focusing exclusively on academic performance, we choose to focus on the practices that lead to an individual's overall well-being.

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