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Young Visionaries Program for Elementary Students

By Asia Turner

Staff Writer

The School of Professional Studies is offering a new program for elementary students. The Young Visionaries Academy at LIU Post is a creative program of exploration and discovery for students in grades two through eight. According to the university website, “this enrichment program supports critical thinking skills, problem solving and team building. Expert instructors in STEM, the arts, humanities and sports link children to their curricular interests which may inspire future career choices.”

Under YVA, there are several programs offered on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon in areas including: animal medicine (grades five to eight), little medical school (grades three to six), sports radio (grades five to eight), exploration through the arts (grades three to six), chess masters (grade five to eight), coding for beginners, intermediate and advanced students (grades five to eight), entrepreneurship (grades four to seven), be a star reporter (grades four to seven).

Programs offered during school summer recess include: recreation sports for healthy living (grades three to five), multi-sport recreational programs, (middle school), sports radio, (middle school), and an imagination and invention series (grades four to seven).

The animal medicine program will include a discussion of what veterinary technologists and veterinarians do, and will give students a look at the veterinary technology classroom. “They will have a chance to participate in a mock physical examination, and will learn about the instruments that veterinary professionals use,” said Dr. Robin Sturtz, director of the veterinary technology program in the School of Health Professions and Nursing. These tools include stethoscopes, ophthalmoscopes and ultrasound machines.

Each week students will explore a new topic in the world of veterinary medicine. On Saturday, Nov. 9, students will learn about service animals; on Saturday, Nov. 16, they will cover horse health care at the North Shore Equestrian Center; and on Saturday, Nov. 23, students will explore a career as a veterinarian.

Dr. Rita Langdon, dean of the school of professional studies, said, “The quality of LIU’s programs, engaging faculty, and scenic campus provide an ideal environment for young children in the local community to thrive.”

Tuition for the animal medicine program is $600, but varies for other programs. Tuition and scheduling for other programs are not yet available online. For information, parents can call Karen Young at 516-299-2580 or email Students may also register online at

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